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Girl Scout Cookies: 10 fun facts you didn't know

When it comes to Girl Scout cookies, what do you really know about Thin Mints, Samoas and Do-si-dos?

Here are 10 fun facts about some of America's favorite sweet treats.

Millions of Thin Mints

Little Brownie Bakers, one of two official
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Little Brownie Bakers, one of two official bakers licensed to make Girl Scout cookies, bakes more than 4.5 million Thin Mints per day during peak baking times.

The name game

Because Girl Scout cookies are made by two
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Because Girl Scout cookies are made by two different bakers (Little Brownie Bakers and ABC Bakers), some of the cookies go by different names depending on where they were made. Tagalongs are also called Peanut Butter Patties, Trefoils are also called Shortbread, Samoas are also called Caramel deLites and Do-si-dos are also called Peanut Butter Sandwich.

Pounds of peanut butter

To make Do-si-dos and Tagalongs, Little Brownie
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To make Do-si-dos and Tagalongs, Little Brownie Bakers uses about 230,000 pounds of peanut butter per week.

Around since the '30s

The first national Girl Scout Cookie sale
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The first national Girl Scout Cookie sale was held in 1936.

Truckloads of ingredients

During peak baking periods, Little Brownie Bakers goes
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During peak baking periods, Little Brownie Bakers goes through 21 truckloads or 1.050 million pounds of flour per week; 7 truckloads or 300,000 pounds of shortening; 50,000 pounds of cocoa; 500,000 pounds of chocolate coating; 14.5 truckloads or 650,000 pounds of sugar; 230,000 pounds of peanut butter; and 75,000 pounds of toasted coconut.

Caramel kettles

At Little Brownie Bakers, the caramel for the
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At Little Brownie Bakers, the caramel for the Samoas is cooked the old-fashioned way in copper kettles.

For vegans

Thin Mints, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and Peanut Butter Patties (Tagalongs)
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Thin Mints, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and Peanut Butter Patties (Tagalongs) are vegan.

Yearly sales

Each season, Girl Scouts sell almost 200
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Each season, Girl Scouts sell almost 200 million packages of Girl Scout cookies.

Short(bread) and sweet

Shortbread is Girl Scouts' longest-standing cookie. While
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Shortbread is Girl Scouts' longest-standing cookie. While other cookies have changed or been discontinued, this simple sweet has only undergone a change in shape to match updates to the Girl Scouts logo.

Best sellers

Thin Mints is the top-selling Girl Scouts cookie
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Thin Mints is the top-selling Girl Scouts cookie in America.

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