Dining With Denise Neil

Kansas Girl Scout Cookie sales start with price bump, a final run for a longtime flavor

Expect to hear soon from the daughters of your relatives, co-workers and neighbors: It’s Girl Scout Cookie time.

The once-a-year sales officially started nationwide Thursday, and they’ll continue through March 22.

The Kansas cookie lineup this year is the same as last year, said Muriel Boyce, director of communications and marketing for the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. But the price has gone up.

A box of cookies will cost $5 this year, up $1 from 2019. Boyce said that Kansas was one of the last states in the region to raise the price — neighboring states did it last year or the year before — and it was necessary because of an increase in baking costs.

It’s the first time the price has gone up in six years, she said.

Another development cookie fans will want to be aware of: This year will be the last for the Thanks-A-Lot cookies — the big round ones that are made from shortbread coated on one side with chocolate. The cookies have been in the cookie lineup for 15 years and will be replaced by a new one next year.

Girls will again be selling the cookies door-to-door, and booths will be set up as soon as this weekend at local Dillons and Walmart stores. This year, there will also be a booth set up on weekends in Towne East Square, on the upper level outside of J.C. Penney.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the local Girl Scouts’ Cookie Share program, which allows people who want to support the sale but not eat the cookies to buy boxes to be donated to service men and women and to local charities. Girl Scouts of the Kansas Heartland has a goal of selling 24,000 boxes through the program this year, and if they do, they will have donated 200,000 boxes since the program started.

The flavors offered this year will be Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads, Girl Scout S’mores, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lots and gluten free Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies.

Denise Neil has covered restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is the go-to place for diners to get information about local restaurants. She’s a regular judge at local food competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about dining.