Girl Scout Cookies Get Smaller

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- Boxes of Thin Mints will be a bit thinner this year.

The same will be true for Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbread Cookies, DoSiDos and Trefoils, according to a CNN story on this year’s Girl Scout cookies.

The Girl Scouts of the USA said that it has reduced the number of cookies per box as it deals with rising transportation and baking costs.

Girl Scouts spokeswoman Michelle Tompkins stated that the cost increases led the organization to “lower the weight of our cookie boxes slightly rather than ask our customers to pay a higher per-package price during these difficult times.”

Each of the four styles will have two to four fewer cookies. The Lemon Chalet Crèmes will be smaller.

The news coincides with the arrival of the cherished cookies, which went on sale in January. According to the organization’s Web site , the sale has been a tradition for more than 80 years.

The Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Okla., baked and sold cookies in its high school cafeteria as a service project in 1917, the Web site states. Girls and their mothers baked the cookies in the beginning while they were later made by commercial bakers.

The majority of money stays with local Girl Scout councils and troops while the remainder goes to the bakers.

This year’s sales drive has received some negative attention with the recall of certain boxes of the Lemon Chalet Crème cookies. Media reports across the country state that Little Brownie Bakers, one of two authorized bakers of the cookies, are voluntarily recalling certain batches.

According to the Girl Scouts , the boxes are being recalled in response to complaints about the smell or taste of the cookies. The organization stated that the 15 lots of cookies are safe to eat but do not pass Little Brownie’s quality test.

About 6.5 percent of the Lemon Chalet Crèmes baked this season were affected.

Consumers who notice an off taste and smell should call 1-800-962-1718 or go online to http://www.littlebrowniebakers.com

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