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As Girl Scout Cookie season winds to a close, we at Top Business Degrees thought it would be fun to look into the financial and nutritional numbers behind Girl Scout Cookie sales and the overall business operations of the Girl Scouts. And so we've developed this infographic with lots of interesting little tidbits such as the fact that over 200 billion calories worth of Girl Scout Cookies are consumed annually. In addition to cookie sales, we also included interesting data about the organization itself.
Some Girl Scout Facts
1. ~200 million boxes of Girl Scout Cookies Sold Each Season (Year)
The best selling Girl Scout cookies are:
Other assorted other varieties combine to account for the remaining 23%.
2. Over 200 billion calories worth of Girl Scout Cookies are consumed annually
Nutritional info for each type of cookie:
Thin Mints: 50,000,000 boxes sold per year
Samoas: (and Caramel deLites together 38,000,000 boxes sold per year)
Caramel deLites (listed separately???)
Tagalongs: (and Peanut Butter Patties together 26,000,000 boxes sold per year)
Peanut Butter Patties (listed separately from Tagalongs ???)
Do-si-dos (and Peanut Butter Sandwiches together 22,000,000)
Peanut Butter Sandwich (is listed separate from Do-si-dos ???)
Shortbread: (and Trefoils together 18,000,000 sold per year)
New this year: Savannah Smiles
Dulce de Leche
Thank U Berry Munch
3. The naming of the cookie depends on which bakery it comes from
While defended as a skill building exercise for girls, the "skills" girls learn through the Girl Scout cookie program certainly have an annual payoff for the organization:
4. In 2010, some three million girls sold 198 million boxes for a record $714 million in cookie revenue to support Girl Scouting.Source: Girl Scouts of the USA
4. Some girl scout cookies get retired.
Presumably because they are the least popular. Still, each cookie has its diehard fans. Click here for a list of some of the ones people miss the most.
5. The current record is 17,328 boxes in a single year by a single girl scout
Jennifer Sharpe, age 15, of Dearborn, Mich., holds the record for most cookies ever sold, with 17,328 boxes in 2008. Of the $21,000 her troop raised to go on a 10-day tour of Europe, $14,000 was due to Sharpe.
6. Girl Scouts as a political litmus test?
As of 2005, 71.5 percent of women in the U.S. Senate and 67.1 percent of women in the House of Representatives are Girl Scouts alumnae.
7. Girl Scouts earns $37 million in membership revenue fees, but over $714 million from cookie sales