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The U.S. has s'mores?! A look at Girl Guide cookies around the world

It's spring, and Guides across the country will soon be hawking their cookies. Have you ever wondered what flavours other countries get? We take a (delicious) look.

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Spring’s almost here, which means it’s cookie season. Twice a year — March to June and October to December — the Girl Guides of Canada sell cookies to help fundraise. (And twice a year I use the handy cookie-finder map to see where I can pick up a box, or 10.)

This will be the 88th year the cookies have been sold in Canada. The chocolate and vanilla cookies were introduced in 1953; the chocolatey mint ones in 1995. When it comes to favourites, the Chatelaine office is pretty divided. Half argue the merits of the sandwich cookie (sold in the spring) while the other insist chocolatey mint (sold in the fall) can’t be beat.

I’m not going to lie, though — we’re all kinda jealous of the many flavours available in the United States and around the world. Below, a sampling of what’s on offer to support Guides around the world.

United States
American Girl Scouts offer 11 (!) unique varieties, including two gluten-free and, new for 2017, two kinds of s’mores cookies. As in Canada, they’re only only available for a limited time but American Scouts can also sell the biscuits on a “Digital Cookie” platform” — “a fun, educational tool that helps girls run and manage their Girl Scout Cookie business online.”

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The U.S. cookies, from left to right, top to bottom: S’mores Crispy Graham Cracker. S’mores Sandwich Cookie. Caramel deLites. Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs. Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwich. Shortbread/Trefoils. Lemonades. Thanks-A-Lot (shortbread and fudge). Gluten-free Toffee-tastic. Savannah Smiles (powder-sugar dusted lemon cookies). Gluten-free Trios (peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookie). Photos, Girl Scouts of America.

Singapore
The Girl Guides of Singapore sell cookies in pretty little metal tins. Guides who sell six or more tins get a dedicated badge.

Left to right: Celebrate Family = Chocolate Mint. Celebrate Community = Chocolate Cream. Celebrate Friends = Malt Chocolate.

Left to right: Celebrate Family = Chocolate Mint. Celebrate Community = Chocolate Cream. Celebrate Friends = Malt Chocolate. Photos, Girl Guides Singapore.

Australia
Like Canada, Oz has just a few varieties — but they do have a gluten-free option.

From left to right: Traditional vanilla. Gluten-free shortbread. Mini chocolate chip. Photos, Girl Guides Australia.

From left to right: Traditional vanilla. Gluten-free shortbread. Mini chocolate chip. Photos, Girl Guides Australia.

New Zealand
Kiwis can also order their cookies online, instead of having to buy through a Girl Guide.

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From left to right: Original. Chocolate. Mini Chocolate. Photos, Girl Guiding New Zealand.

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