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New Cookie to Join 2019 Lineup for the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Proven to Develop Essential Life and Business Skills for Girls

The gluten-free Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie will arrive with limited availability in Orange County Jan. 27, joining the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world that powers amazing experiences for girls.

Irvine, CA - Today, Girl Scouts of Orange County and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced that a new cookie, Caramel Chocolate Chip, will join the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie® season lineup, as a gluten-free offering. More than delicious cookies, the Girl Scout Cookie Program® fuels girls’ development of entrepreneurial and essential life skills, and cookie earnings power amazing experiences for girl members.

The largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is proven to help girls develop five essential life and business skills, fostering the next generation of women who are entrepreneurs and business leaders. A recent Girl Scout Research Institute study found that 85 percent of girls surveyed learned how to set goals and meet deadlines; 88 percent became effective decision-makers; 88 percent learned to manage money; 85 percent gained people skills; and 94 percent learned business ethics—all through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Two out of three girls surveyed (66 percent) developed all five skills while accomplishing amazing things for themselves and their communities.

Each and every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies-- 100 percent of the net revenue-- stays local and is an investment in girls and their leadership capabilities, both now and in the future. And Orange County Girl Scouts do incredible things thanks to their cookie earnings. For example, 10-year-old Girl Scout Cadette Kaekoa Corona and her Troop 3713 from Santa Ana used their cookie earnings to send cookies to foster children in their community. They also purchased supplies to volunteer at a community garden and fund a trip to San Francisco where they celebrated their graduation to the next Girl Scout level by walking across the Golden Gate Bridge. Collectively, Orange County Girl Scouts give over 500,000 hours each year through community service and Take Action projects.

“We are looking forward to another exciting year of building up the next generation of female entrepreneurs through the Girl Scout Cookie program,” said Girl Scouts of Orange County CEO Vikki Shepp. Your support of your neighborhood Girl Scout is so much more than a package of cookies. You are helping girls earn funds so that they can give back locally and beyond. You are supporting new and exciting adventures as girls explore the outdoors and travel, and you are helping girls build essential business and life skills that will benefit them in school, college, and their careers. Put simply, the Girl Scout Cookie Programs helps girls realize their dreams.”

“The Girl Scout Cookie Program plays a powerful role in developing financially savvy girl leaders,” added GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Girl entrepreneurs learn valuable interpersonal and business skills via the cookie program that help them become successful in their future careers, no matter what path they choose. My experience selling Girl Scout Cookies taught me to be creative, enterprising, and persistent, and helped me build self-confidence and resilience. When you buy Girl Scout Cookies you are not only helping girls become business trailblazers, you’re also helping them power their Girl Scout adventures and ensuring they have access to the cutting-edge leadership experiences and opportunities that only Girl Scouts can offer.”

Girl Scouts of Orange County, whose cookies are produced by ABC Bakers, is one of the select areas that will offer the new gluten-free Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie, which joins classics like the Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites®, and Shortbread varieties, as well as other Orange County favorites including Lemonades™ and S’mores™. The new Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie features rich caramel, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a hint of sea salt in a chewy cookie. It will be available beginning January 27, 2019 for as long as supplies last, and can only be purchased from a local Girl Scout. All cookies, including the new gluten-free variety, will be available for purchase for $5 a package. Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Cookie Program will run from Jan.27 – Mar. 10, 2019. Can’t wait for Girl Scout cookie season? Support your local Girl Scout in our Fall Product Program, Sept 22-Nov 4, 2018. We have several gluten-free nut and candy options available for purchase, as well as magazines, tumblers, veggie plants, and more!

To learn more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, visit For more information about Girl Scouts, including how to join or volunteer, visit

We are Girl Scouts of Orange County.  We are 33,000 strong-- 20,000 girls and 13,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. With programs in every zip code in Orange County, Girl Scouts offers every girl opportunities to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit .