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Girl Scout Cookie FAQs

What is the cost of a box of Girl Scout Cookies?
Why don't you sell Girl Scout cookies online?
Is my Girl Scout Cookie Purchase tax-deductible?
Are there any trans-fats in Girl Scout Cookies?
What about the use of tropical oils in Girl Scout Cookies?

Click here for a comprehensive list of Q&A about Girl Scout Cookies.

What is the cost of a box of Girl Scout Cookies?

Girl Scout Cookies are $4. Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Sale support Girl Scouting, and the price per box varies throughout the country. Each region determines price based on the needs in the communities it serves. Our sister councils in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and the Central Coast all sell at $4 per box, as do many other Girl Scout Councils nationwide. For a specific breakdown of how cookie proceeds are used, please click here.

Thank you for supporting the Girl Scouts of Northern California and the more than 47,000 Girl Scouts and 32,000 adult volunteers we serve.

Why don't you sell Girl Scout cookies online?

National Girl Scout policy prohibits the sale of Girl Scout Cookies on the internet. The safety of our girls is always our chief concern. Girl Scout Cookie activities are designed to be face-to-face learning experiences for girls. In an online setting, there is no guarantee that the seller is indeed a girl member of Girl Scouts. Girls may advertise cookies online and by email, but not exchange money.

If you don’t know any Girl Scouts you can still buy Girl Scout cookies! Download our FREE Cookie Locator Mobile App by calling **GSCOOKIES or clicking here, or click here to visit iLoveCookies.org to use our Online Cookie Locator after Feb. 13, 2012. Or, send your contact information to ProductSales@girlscoutsnorcal.org to be connected to a troop in your area.

Is my Girl Scout Cookie Purchase tax-deductible?

According to the IRS, individuals who purchase cookies for personal enjoyment are not officially making a donation to the Girl Scouts, rather, they are purchasing a product at a fair market value. For this reason, no part of the price of a box of cookies for personal enjoyment is tax-deductible. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Girl Scouts, consult with your tax advisor regarding your specific tax circumstances, and then click here to donate online.

Individuals who purchase cookies and instruct the troop to designate the purchase to the Gift of Caring program for the local food bank or military troops may find the purchase to be tax-deductible. Please consult your local tax advisor.

Are there any trans-fats in Girl Scout Cookies?

All Girl Scout cookie varieties are baked using recipes that meet the standard of “zero grams of trans fat per serving” with the same great taste that has made them one of America’s favorite treats. All varieties contain less than 0.5 grams trans fat per serving, which meets or exceeds the FDA guidelines for the “zero trans fat” designation.

We are proud that five of our eight cookie varieties for 2011 are trans-fat free, with no hydrogenated oils: Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Dulce de Leche, Savannah Smiles, and Thank U Berry Munch.

We respect and encourage individuals to make informed decisions about the food items they consume. For those consumers who are not satisfied with the FDA’s national standard for “zero grams of trans fat per serving,” we have clearly listed all ingredients and nutritional profile of each variety on both the cookie box and cookie order form. As with any dessert or snack item, Girl Scout Cookies are not marketed as a dietary staple, but as a special treat that should be enjoyed in moderation.

For nutritional information on the eight cookie varieties available in our council, please click here.

What about the use of tropical oils in Girl Scout Cookies?

Girl Scouts and our cookie supplier, Little Brownie Bakers, take our shared commitment to the environment very seriously. We continue to conduct our business in ways that protect the environment and demonstrate good stewardship of our world’s natural resources. 

Our baker is working toward the best combination of ingredients that are environmentally responsible and provide the taste our customers expect. Our baker says it is still necessary to use tropical oils for the production of compound coating. Many top bakers have tried to stop using it, but without it, their products do not meet production standards.

GSUSA has directed our baker to use as little palm oil as possible, and only in recipes where there is no alternative. GSUSA estimates that of all the palm oil used globally, Girl Scout cookies account for less than one-one-hundredth of one percent (.001%).

Although there is only a very small amount of palm oil in our Girl Scout Cookies, we want to help reduce deforestation from palm oil production. But there is not enough sustainably-grown palm oil available. That’s why Girl Scouts and our baker purchase GreenPalm certificates that offset 100 percent of our palm oil use. So for every dollar that is spent on palm oil, another dollar is spent on supporting sustainable palm oil production that benefits everyone. 

In other words, Girl Scouts and Little Brownie Bakers use suppliers of palm oil that have committed to using palm oil without exhausting natural resources or causing ecological damage.

The palm oil that is used in very limited amounts by our baker for Girl Scout cookies comes from palm oil suppliers that are part of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil. This group actively promotes the growth and use of sustainable palm oil. Girl Scouts is also a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil and has committed to move to a segregated, certified sustainable palm oil source by 2015, based on market availability.

In March 2011, the Kellogg Company, which owns Little Brownie Bakers, was applauded by the World Wildlife Fund for its continuing leadership in lessening the impact of the production of palm oil on the environment.