Whether you are a traditionalist --mint patties, shortbread -- or a maverick --mango cream -- you probably recognize the telltale signs that it is Girl Scout Cookie season. Long-lost friends and relatives call, or perhaps the office e-mail - no pressure, just if you want some - or a Facebook post.
It's what we do as a community ritual. Girl Scout Cookie sales officially began Jan. 13.
Girl Scouts in Southern California are offering the classics: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites/Samoas, Shortbreads/Trefoils, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, Peanut Butter Sandwiches/Do-si-dos, and Savannah Smiles. Cookies cost $4 per box.
Orders are being taken now, and booth sales begin Feb. 12 through March 10.
The cookie sales program has helped Girl Scouts practice skills such as goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics for more than 80 years, the scout program explains.
For more information locally, contact the Girl Scout Council of Greater Long Beach
We at the Patch newsroom will do our usual routine, buying one box from each of a half dozen young friends, then succumb to the market ambush: sweet-faced girls beckoning Samoas and Do-Si-Dos, weary parents smiling brightly as the boxes winnow down.
DO YOU BUY GIRL SCOUT COOKIES AND WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE? Tell us in comments.