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Move Aside, Thin Mints: There's a New Girl Scout Cookie In Town

Raspberry Rally is the Thin Mint-fruit hybrid we didn't know we needed.

August 17, 2022
Photo by Girl Scouts of the USA

Sadly, I never got to be a Girl Scout, but boy did I dream of being a walking fudge brownie, passing out Tagalongs in exchange for cold, hard cash with total strangers outside my hometown Walmart. What’s that smell? Freshly baked shortbread mixed with a little bit of capitalism? I thought so. There are only a few short weeks each year when elementary school-aged girls descend on public spaces selling boxes and boxes of S’mores and Samoas; madness ensues as the demand for the latest flavor skyrockets.

So, Daisies and Brownies, listen up: there’s a new flavor in the cookie jar for you to hawk—Raspberry Rally. Girl Scouts of the USA recently announced their latest addition to the 2023 cookie lineup, which is described as a “sister” to the beloved Thin Mints—it’s a thin, crispy cookie infused with raspberry and dipped in the classic hard-shell chocolate coating. But if you’re expecting to pick up a box or two on your way out from the grocery store, think again; Raspberry Rally cookies will be the first in the Girl Scout Cookie lineup to be sold online only. This amendment to the Girl Scouts' usual sales approach (chasing you down in a parking lot until you crack) is aimed at “enhancing girls’ e-commerce sales and entrepreneurial skills.” Like Thin Mints, Raspberry Rally is totally vegan, which is only the second Girl Scout cookie to be declared dairy-free in the 100-plus years of cookie sales.

In 2021, Girl Scouts introduced Toast-Yay!, a French toast-flavored cookie shaped like, you guessed it, French toast and dipped in icing. I temporarily forgot about this marvelous, miniature marriage of breakfast and dessert, but the cinnamony notes just came swirling back and invigorated my senses all over again. Rarely do these hybrid treats taste like anything but an artificial imitation of an untouchable treat, but leave it to those vest-clad girls to perfect it.

For the last several years, Girl Scout cookies have been priced at $5/box, with specialty and gluten-free varieties costing $6/box. If you’re a glutton for gluten, you’re not alone; last year, Girl Scouts revealed they sold over 900,000 boxes of cookies. Let’s make it an even million this year—are you with me?

What’s your favorite type of Girl Scout cookie? Would you order a box of Raspberry Rally cookies? Let us know in the comments below!

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23 Comments

Canuckle September 21, 2022
It doesn’t seem like anyone is even reading our comments. So disappointing. ☹️
 
Nancy M. September 20, 2022
Available when?
 
Nancy M. September 15, 2022
When? Where can they be found?
 
Margie September 15, 2022
Yes! I would gladly purchase these online together with my Thin Mints! 😋 When can we start ordering them? 😃
 
4d5s4i3p August 28, 2022
Yes. I would buy these raspberries cookies they look delicious.
 
Lydia August 26, 2022
Can you check the ingredients? These haven't been without soy for a really long time. though it matters which company makes them. I'm deathly allergic to soy!
 
irma August 25, 2022
I definitely would! Where can I get a box (or 4)? :-)
 
Nancy M. August 25, 2022
Where can the raspberry cookies be found online?
 
Nancy M. August 28, 2022
Where, please? And when?
 
deMariL August 25, 2022
Whoa, for a second there I almost freaked (or almost yelped for help), they look like my "Sin'amon (cinnamon) Pennie" (- well
 they "have" the look I try to achieve) & mine isn't a cookie ~ it's (DEELISH! Cinnamon & chocolate is a treat!!) Peppermint Pattie's "naughty cousin"...a'la Samantha's Serena.. Jeannie's..dark-haired Jeannie sassy cousin - Chocolate coated cinnamon "cream." I have to work on getting that red color *naturally and, most of all, getting my choc to set- I guess being cinnamon..the "heat" it carries keeps the chocolate melted(??) I use very dark/hard chocolate. I approached York/Hershey -I too had a catchy lead-in, mine was "good-bye Peppermint Pattie, allow me to introduce "Sin'amom Pennie"..-to my pleasant surprise, they actually responded...but, they keep posting (losses) articles of chocolate shortages, closures, bleak outlook- not enough candy for upcoming Halloween. Isn't it time to just forge on & if not bring us back in the black (I think that whole angle would be fun, especially at Halloween), then we ALL go to Hades in a handbasket a little happier..
 
Lea C. August 25, 2022
I love the peanut butter sandwich cookies. I'll try the raspberry cookies, too.

I was a Girl Scout for 12 years and sold a lot of cookies to neighbors, friends, and people I only met because I knocked on their door. I typically buy five crates of Girl Scout cookies each year, and give most away as gifts. (Funny how nobody turns down Girl Scout cookies.)
 
Sarah H. August 25, 2022
I would buy them as I love raspberry and chocolate together. I was a Girl Scout and will always support them.
 
marguerite S. August 25, 2022
I doubt that I would buy online. I would feel as though I was letting down my darling neighborhood girl scout who comes around every year with her mother and/or sister. Perhaps if she came and gave me "the scoop" on an online order that would help her out, I would. In answer to the other question:Aways Thin Mints!!!
 
Canuckle August 25, 2022
I would give them a try ! I love anything raspberry !
 
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I would try them
 
Pascale P. August 25, 2022
I imagine these new cookies will have a very artificial flavor and I would not buy them. I have always loved thin mints, but I feel that their flavor has changed over time- expecially compared to the TJ mint stars at the holidays (that is how I remember thin mints). My favorite is the Samoas cookies. YUM, in the freezer.
 
sdskelton August 25, 2022
I love a couple of Samoas warmed in the microwave and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Guilty, sinful pleasure. My oldest son receives his 2 boxes of Thin Mints as a gift from me every year. Yes, I will try the Raspberry Rally. I agree that the cookies have never been quite as good since Burry stopped being the baker but, hey, they're GS cookies and it feels like I almost HAVE to buy a few boxes each year.
 
Incognito August 25, 2022
My favorite Girl Scout cookies were Samoas which we kept in the freezer. Delicious!
 
1tiredMom! August 23, 2022
FYI, Girl Scouts are not just elementary age. They go up to seniors in high school. Also, different Councils have different pricing. (From a GS Troop Leader of 11 years)
 
judy August 21, 2022
When Iw as a girl sous in the 1960's the cookies were made by Burry. Then as the years passed different companies started making the cookies. They have not tasted nearly as good since the. Mostly I expect because more and more chemicals have been added to the formulas. I donate but no longer buy.
 
PhillipBrandon August 19, 2022
I wonder if Little Brownie Bakers' version will outshine ABC Bakers' version as they do with every other mutual cookie.
 
Lea C. August 25, 2022
The Girl Scouts where I live sell cookies made with real butter. They're always delicious!