New Girl Scout cookie to debut

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Girl Scout cookie sales in Monmouth and Ocean counties kicked off on Jan. 14 and introduced a new cookie — the Girl Scout S’more, a delicious mix of graham, marshmallow and chocolate.

This year’s sale also celebrates the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies.

A century ago, a group of Oklahoma Girl Scouts began what became a national tradition — the Girl Scout Cookie Sale.

Now, Girl Scouts are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the largest girl-led business enterprise in the world. As it was 100 years ago, money earned stays with local Girl Scouts, and those proceeds fund Girl Scout activities, such as trips, camp, community service projects and more.

While selling Girl Scout cookies, girls also learn five essential skills — goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Cookies will be delivered in late February with booth sales at local businesses beginning March 3.

This year also marks the return of the Toffee-tastic, the Girl Scouts’ first gluten-free cookie.

Most varieties of Girl Scout cookies cost $4. The S’more and Toffee-tastic cookies cost $5.50 each. Because of demand, those cookies may not be available at March booth sales.

For more information, visit jerseyshoregirlscouts.org/cookies or call Erick Rommel, chief communications officer, at 800-785-2090.