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Girl Scout cookie season is one of the best times of the year — with scouts finding creative ways to sell cookies and even celebrity moms like Jennifer Garner joining in on the excitement. But in 2019, cookie fans will have yet another reason to celebrate.
For the first time since the year the s’mores cookie joined the family, cookie lovers will have a new option to add to their orders of Thin Mints and Samoas: Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Starting Jan. 2 (the official start of the Girl Scout cookie-selling season), the new treat will be available in select areas across the country.
The chewy cookie is made with caramel, semi-sweet chocolate chips and boasts a hint of sea salt in every bite. This cookie is also gluten-free, making it the second gluten-free option in the collection following the returning Toffee-tastic.
“We’re excited to announce the new Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie as part of the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie lineup," Stewart Goodbody, Senior Director of Communications and External Affairs, Girl Scouts of the USA, told TODAY Food. "The flavor is on-trend: chocolate and caramel cookie flavor combinations are increasingly popular among consumers." He also cited the popularity of gluten-free options among millennial consumers as a big factor in the new flavor's release.
Girl Scouts have been selling cookies since 1917 and, according to Goodbody, the program helps girls learn the following skills, including "goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics." Cookie sales also help fund troop activities like outdoor trips, community service projects and field trips that provide valuable learning experiences for the organization's members.