Good News Friday: Jan. 11, 2013

The first installment of Patch's effort to bring a smile to your face heading into the weekend.

Welcome to the first edition of "Good News Fridays!"

I'm incredibly excited to share news provided by a Windsor Patch reader and local youth group leader (Share your good news by commenting below or emailing me at julian.mckinley@patch.com). The news may not be earth shattering for some, but I'm quite positive this event will have a tangible effect on the lives of thousands in town in the months to come.

Here it is: Girls Scout Cookie Season has officially started!

Orders will be taken through February, with delivery taking place and booths beginning to pop up around town in March, which means I have plenty of time to accept two facts: 1.) I will consume an entire box of Thin Mints in one sitting on more than one occasion; and 2.) I have absolutely no control over this.

(If you haven't smiled yet, please refer to the YouTube video above to the right.)

According to Girl Scouts of Connecticut, you can order the following cookies this year:

Samoas - Tender vanilla cookies, covered with caramel, rolled in toasted coconut, and striped with a rich, chocolaty coating.

Trefoils - Delicate-tasting shortbread that is delightfully simple and satisfying.

Thin Mints - A thin wafer covered with a smooth chocolaty coating. Made with natural peppermint.

Tagalongs - Tasty cookies topped with creamy peanut butter and covered with a luscious chocolaty coating.

Do-Si-Dos - “Naturally Good!” Crisp and crunchy oatmeal cookies with creamy peanut butter filling. No artificial color or flavor.

Thank U Berry Munch - Real premium cranberries provide a delightful tartness in these hearty cookies sweetened with creamy, white fudge chips. Crispy rice delivers a satisfying crunch. Thank U for supporting Girl Scouts.

Dulce De Leche - Inspired by the classic confections of Latin America, these sweet, bite-size cookies are rich with milk caramel chips.

Savannah Smiles - Savannah Smiles are a lemony delight to celebrate the birthplace of Girl Scouting.

During my extensive cookie research to compile this article, I uncovered a flavor I've yet to come across in person: Mango Cremes.

According to Girl Scouts America, this flavor is new in 2013 in South Carolina, but it's unclear whether or not this box will make an appearance in the Nutmeg State (any info on this Windsor moms and dads?).

Proceeds from cookie sales teach girl scouts five specific skills: goal setting, money management, business ethics, people skills and decision making.

Some of the goals Connecticut girl scouts are striving to achieve with the help of cookie proceeds include helping a local animal shelter, going to camp, helping those working to prevent cancer and donating to our troops.

Have good news? Share in the comments below, shoot me an email at julian.mckinley@patch.com or give me a ring (860-593-4475)!


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