You see the Girl Scouts out and about everywhere this time of year. They are selling their Girl Scout cookies at grocery stores, malls, and of course, their parents work places. But what happens to all of those unsold Girl Scout cookies? Girl Scout cookies are sold typically from early January right through mid-April. They have increased in popularity and sales over the past 50 years. The original Girl Scout cookies had a lot less variety than what you will see now. Back in the day the most popular Girl Scout cookie was pretty much a good old-fashioned sugar cookie. The first known Girl Scout cookie sale was in 1917 in Oklahoma. We don’t know how much money was raised back then, but we do know that now Girl Scout cookies sell over 200 million packages and raise over $800 million dollars. The most popular Girl Scout cookie is thin mints. That should not come as a surprise to anybody who is a fan because most purchases include at least one box of thin, mints. Other top sellers are, Caramel deLites, Samoa’s, Peanut Butter Patties, Tagalongs, Do Si Do’s, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, and Trefoils. Girl Scout bakers are always looking for a new and exciting flavors to add to their repertoire. That’s what makes it exciting to see what is new every year So, what happens to all the unsold girl scout cookies? If a council or troop has extra cookies at the end of the sale, they’ll work with local food pantries and other charitable organizations to distribute the cookies “as a special treat for people seeking food relief services.” The Girl Scouts didn’t sell cookies during WWII. Here’s what they sold instead According to the Girl Scouts website, the organization works with its licensed bakers to make sure an annual plan is in place for “responsibly managing leftover cookie inventory.” Girl Scout cookies will continue being sold online and in-person through April 14. You can find a Girl Scout cookie booth near you or order online.