New baker brings mixed reaction from Girl Scout cookie lovers

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It’s Girl Scout cookie time, and this year, changes have some of our viewers wanting to know what happened to their favorites?

If you don’t know, Girl Scouts of Central Texas is one of the chapters that has cookies from a new baker, Little Brownie Bakers. The previous contract with ABC Bakers ran out after last year.

There are two bakers in the U.S. that produce Girl Scout cookies, ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers. Both of which have been baking Girl Scout cookies for decades.

After a lot of research and tasting, this is what the scouts wanted to go with.

“People always have opinions when you change,” said Lolis Garcia-Baab, director of marketing and communications for the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. “Nobody likes change, and so I’m sure there are a lot of people out there that were disconcerted when they went to the cookie booth and saw different names on the cookies. But the cookies are essentially very similar.”

One viewer said he was so disappointed, he was having a friend import cookies from another part of the state hoping they would be better.

According to Garcia-Baab, Dallas uses Little Brownie Bakers and Houston uses ABC Bakers.

The biggest change is the lemon cookie. This year’s version is not a lemon iced, but a lemon cookie with powdered sugar. There is no vegan option this year either.

And, if you don’t want cookies, you can still go online and donate to the Girl Scouts with a virtual box, which is a cookie donation to U.S. troops. After purchasing a virtual box, the package is sent to troops throughout the U.S. and overseas.

Sales run through February and they haven’t seen a drop-off yet. Last year they sold more than $8.7 million worth of cookies.

In Austin last year, there were 14,000 girls selling cookies. The average girl sold 187 boxes, and more than 2.1 million boxes were sold in Central Texas last year.

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