British Columbia will be once again in for a minty treat this fall as Girl Guides BC launch their cookie sale of mint chocolate cookies. The sales will help Girl Guides across B.C. fund their activities and programs. 

 An official media launch happened on, Saturday, September 10, 2022 to mark the return of the mint chocolate cookies. Regional warehouses across the province loaded up vehicles, getting cookies into the hands of local Girl Guides in BC.

“Girl Guides sell cookies twice a year to help raise money for our non-profit programs,” said Diamond Isinger, provincial commissioner of Girl Guides BC. “Like many non-profits during the pandemic, we struggled to deliver our usual fundraising and community activities so we decided to only focus on one flavour of cookies, the chocolate and vanilla classic.” 

 As a result of this decision, the mint chocolate flavour went on a two-year hiatus – with only classic chocolate/vanilla cookies being baked in Canada since 2021. Fortunately, this fall marks the return of the popular cookie option for Girl Guide fundraising.

 “They are a very popular flavour that we’ve sold for many decades now,” Isinger said. “We’re glad to have them return as another option to help enable our fundraising. So far,  we’re seeing that the mint cookies are selling quickly and that folks are excited for their return.” 

 Girl Guides are returning to the standard cookie schedule from prior to the pandemic, with chocolatey mint cookies sold in fall and classic chocolate/vanilla sandwich cookies available in spring. 

 In the Nicola Valley, 144 cases of cookies were ordered for this fall, each case sells for $60 and contains 12 boxes, which is sold for $5 and contains 18 mint chocolate cookies. 

“We actually did a vote and we tallied people’s choice for their favourite cookie flavour and mint chocolate won,” said Merritt Girl Guides leader Chelsea Werrun. 

“We asked families and friends to vote and according to them mint chocolate is the favourite so we’re excited to bring it back to Merritt because we know how much people love it.”

Werrun said that there will be 16 local Girl Guides that will sell cookies at the concession stand during select home games of the Merritt Centennials.

“We try to help each girl set a goal,” she said. “Every girl gets a minimum of  3 cases of cookies to sell, and if someone needs to sell more, we help them reach that goal.” 

“We offer youth empowerment programming that helps girls get to know the world around them, understand themselves and other people, and give back to the community,” Isinger explained. 

“We develop a new generation of girl leaders with the support from the sales that we get from the girl guide cookies and every one of the $5 boxes help go towards running special activities, camps, sleepovers and other fun activities for local youth.” 

The Merritt Girl Guides will be present at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, selling their cookies during the Centennials home games on October 21 (7pm), October 23 (2pm), and October 30 (2pm). 

For more information on Girl Guides BC or to find other times and places to purchase cookies, please visit, www.girlguides.ca.