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Katie Francis is a rock star. No, she isn’t the latest teen sensation churned out by Disney. Katie, in all of her door-to-door economic prowess, has just broken the national Girl Scout cookie sales record by hawking 18,107 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in seven weeks.
This marathon cookie peddler beat the previous record, which stood for several decades, though her sheer will, and her relentless drive to never pass up an opportunity to close a cookie deal.
When a 12-year-old from Oklahoma City can offload that kind of product in such a short period of time, I take heart in the American spirit of entrepreneurship. The Girl Scouts, it seems, are an economic force to be reckoned with.
While it’s been some time since I’ve chomped down on a Girl Scout cookie myself, it has only been several hours since I’ve devoured some non-Girl-Scout-brand cookies. (Sorry Girl Scouts, you didn’t knock on my door.) Well, maybe I didn’t “devour” them, since I do try and temper the Cookie Monster living inside of me — but those chocolate chip goodies didn’t last very long.
According to the Girl Scouts of the USA, their best-selling cookies are: Thin Mints (25 percent), Samoas, also known as Caramel deLites (19 percent), Peanut Butter Patties, or Tagalongs (13 percent), Peanut Butter Sandwich or Do-Si-Dos (11 percent), and Trefoils Shortbread cookies (9 percent). Even though it can be a bit of hard work keeping up with all of the name changes, I’m glad to see that there isn’t a raisin cookie in the bunch.
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One of the biggest disappointments I’d ever had as a child — and come to think of it, as an adult as well — was biting into a raisin cookie. It’s not that I don’t like raisins, per se. Shriveled up grapes are perfectly fine when they’re not actively deceiving me. Yet whenever I’ve ripped into a cookie, expecting to sink my teeth into a chunk of lovely chocolate only to find a raisin instead, I’ve felt terribly cheated. Hey, I signed up for sugar and a delicious extract from the cacao tree — not something that’s supposedly good for me.
Setting my raisin prejudices aside for a moment, I’m happy to say that it seems like Girl Scout cookies are here to stay. The tradition of selling sweets in order to raise money for the Scouts teaches future generations about common business sense, as well as business innovation. KOCO News in Oklahoma reported that Katie Francis, the business marvel and current record holder, isn’t planning on taking it easy now that’s she a cookie-selling giant. She’s going to keep on “going for the ask” until she reaches 20,000 boxes.
A grateful nation addicted to sugar and comfort food salutes you, Katie. Keep those cookies coming.