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FAQ for Restaurants

What is the Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge?

In this friendly competition among esteemed Arizona chefs, venues throughout central and northern Arizona go head-to-head to create a winning dessert with one of these Girl Scout Cookie flavors: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, or Lemon-Ups. Chefs use their culinary prowess to re-imagine these classic Girl Scout Cookies into a delicious dessert menu item and feature it on their menu throughout the entire month of February. 

Why should a restaurant participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge?

Participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge provides your restaurant a unique opportunity and experience. Restaurants get to participate in a promotion that supports one of the most iconic Girl Scout programs, the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and helps support your local Council. Restaurants help bring awareness to Girl Scouts’ local impact, provide boothing opportunities, and get to showcase their culinary talent in creating a unique and delicious dessert! 

Your participation also demonstrated your support to girls participating in the cookie program, her family, our community, and the volunteers helping manage the girl’s success in the cookie program. Plus, chefs get a chance to become the Challenge winner, earning bragging rights within the local community and Girl Scouts!

How long has this Challenge been around?

The first-ever Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge took place in February 2014. The event has become an annual tradition in the region, save for in 2021, when the event was put on hold amid COVID-19. In 2022, this will be the eighth year of the Girl Scout Dessert Cookie Challenge.

How are Challenge winners determined?

Girl Scout Cookie fans and restaurant patrons will vote for their favorite dessert via an online voting system, helping us crown a champion each for the central and northern regions of Arizona! Voting will take place during the challenge duration and the 2022 Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge Champions will be announced once the votes are tallied in early March. GSACPC will regulate votes. Only one vote per person (and IP Address) will be counted. GSACPC reserves the right to deem votes fraudulent and disqualify a vote. 

Which Girl Scout Cookies are used in the desserts?

Restaurants get to choose between one of the six classic Girl Scout Cookie flavors: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, or Lemon-Ups. Girl Scout specialty cookies like S’mores and Toffee-Tastics are not included due to cost.  

How do chefs name their dessert creations?

Girl Scouts does not permit the usage of the Girl Scout Cookie names within the dessert, but the dessert name can give credit to the flavor and inspiration using an extension like “inspired by” or “made with” in the title. Example: Brownie Carmel Pie made with Girl Scout Samoas. Other than these parameters, Chefs are free to name their dessert something aligned to the Girl Scout brand and appropriate for Girl Scout families. 

What type of PR and media coverage will I receive? 

GSACPC is proud to partner with print, broadcast and online media as well as influencers to ensure our partners are front and center as part of all our outreach efforts. In addition to media meetings with key major media outlets, our team works hand in hand with food, event and nonprofit writers, producers and more on a series of coverage all month long. In addition, GSACPC sends out a series of news releases and photo opportunities, and this year will provide a media toolkit to help you garner additional coverage online and with your media friends.

GSACPC aims to highlight the overall Challenge, participants, and restaurant support whenever possible. In 2022, we expect coverage to vary due to the pandemic. In addition, some interviews may be done virtually or force limits on in-person interviews and appearances. 

What additional marketing opportunities do I receive?

Restaurants participating electing to host booths will also benefit from GSACPC’s generous marketing plan promoting the Cookie Finder, the tool used by cookie customers to find a cookie booth. The Cookie Finder will ultimately drive foot traffic to your restaurant and the booth location on site. 

All restaurants will be included in the Challenge marketing and promotions, which is why submitting the items requested on time is critical. Promotional mentions include but are not limited to:

  • Restaurant listing on our GSACPC – Cookie Dessert Challenge webpage 
  • Challenge pre and post-press releases
  • Mention and/or inclusion in earned media placements
  • Social media posts and stories on GSACPC owned social media platforms
  • Cookie Finder (based on participation)
  • Inclusion in GSACPC member communications (email marketing and cookie related information)
  • Mention in the GSACPC Winter edition of the GS Connections Magazine promoting the event
  • Mention and Challenge winner inclusion in the GSACPC Spring edition of the GS Connections Magazine
Do I have to be on camera?

If you do not wish to participate in on-camera media opportunities, please let us know. Some opportunities require you or a rep to showcase the dessert. We’re happy to work with you to maximize your exposure. 

Where can I learn more about the Girl Scout Cookies and cookie program?

We invite you to learn more about our program and cookies. The 2022 local GSACPC cookie program will begin on Jan. 17 and end on Feb. 28.

To purchase cookies online and/find a cookie booth near you, visit www.gscookiefinder.com

How can I get my restaurant or chef involved on social media?

We’d love to promote and support each other online. Follow GSACPC on the following platforms and tag us in your posts @GSACPC and using #GSACPC #DessertChallenge in your posts.

How do restaurants participate? 

Participation in the 2022 Challenge requires online participant enrollment by Oct. 29. Please contact Alison Bailin at abailin@hmapr.com for assistance.

I have more than one restaurant location I would like to enroll, how does this work?

o We’d love to feature all or select locations! If your restaurant would like to participate and you have multiple locations, please contact Alison Bailin at abailin@hmapr.com for participant fee/boothing options. 

Restaurant brand will only be allowed to enter one dessert creation into the challenge and will only be required to submit one set of gift cards. For media and voting portions, the name at large will be shared as one, but all locations will be promoted online and in restaurant-location marketing.  

Who do I contact for more help or information?

For information on participating and media, contact Alison Bailin at abailin@hmapr.com

For help with scheduling booths, portal tech help, and Girl Scout Council related questions contact marcom@girlscoutsaz.org

For additional cookie information, review our cookie program FAQ’s

What if I have leftover cookies?

If you have leftover cookies, please contact our team to return to GSACPC or donate them to a local 501c3 in need. Cookies cannot be resold or used in additional food items during or after the event. 

Girl Scout Cookie Ingredient Guidelines, Nutrition & Allergens

 
Cookie Allergen Information

Little Brownie Bakers updated the precautionary allergen disclosure on its Girl Scout Cookie packaging labels. All packaged foods in the U.S. including Girl Scout Cookies are required to identify any of the top 8 food allergens present as ingredients either in the ingredients list or through a “Contains” statement. A precautionary allergen disclosure (“Manufactured in a shared facility with” statement) was added to our labels to declare the presence of allergens in the bakery where Girl Scout Cookies are made. This update was made to continue to prioritize safety and to be transparent and sensitive to the needs of our customers. Little Brownie Bakers confirms that customers will be buying the same cookies they know and love—and purchase year after year—with no changes made to the manufacturing process.

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  • RSPO Certified (mass balance) Palm Oil
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • No partially hydrogenated oils
  • Zero grams trans-fat per serving
  • Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, and Girl Scout S’mores are made with real cocoa. 
  • Do-si-dos contain nutritious whole grain oats
  • Thin Mints are made with vegan ingredients
  • Toffee-tastics are gluten-free
  • All Girl Scout Cookies baked by Little Brownie are kosher.
  • All Girl Scouts Cookies baked by Little Brownie have achieved Halal certification from the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America.

View the complete ingredient guidelines for each cookie from our baker, Little Brownie.

Committed to responsibly sourced palm oil

Although the use of palm oil in our Girl Scout Cookies® is very limited, the palm oil used in our Girl Scout products is Mass Balance palm oil. This demonstrates our commitment to sustainable palm oil production, upholding our commitment to protect the environment as well as human and community rights. 

Beginning in the 2014-15 cookie season, Little Brownie cookie boxes now display the RSPO Mass Balance palm oil logo shown here, highlighting this cookie’s contribution to the production of certified sustainable palm oil.

We Are Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them. To join us, volunteer, reconnect or donate, visit girlscouts.org. 

About Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC)

In partnership with 6,000 adult volunteers, GSACPC serves over 11,000 girls grades K-12 in more than 90 communities across central and northern Arizona. Since 1936, GSACPC has helped girls develop leadership skills and tools for success in a rapidly changing environment. We know that given the opportunity, every girl can become a leader, act confidently on her values, and connect with her community. Girl Scouts grow courageous and strong through girl-driven programs, ranging from summer camp to troop activities and product sales. 

About the Girl Scout Cookie Program

It’s more than money. It’s the lifelong skills that girls learn by doing and the confidence they build doing it. The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls develop skills in five areas: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics. These are essential skills needed to successfully navigate life—whether working on a high-school science project team, running a household, being a project manager or a company CEO. Not many organizations offer these key business skills to girls. Girl Scouting does, with the largest girl-led business in the world!Although the use of palm oil in our Girl Scout Cookies® is very limited, the palm oil used in our Girl Scout products is Mass Balance palm oil. This demonstrates our commitment to sustainable palm oil production, upholding our commitment to protect the environment as well as human and community rights. 

Beginning in the 2014-15 cookie season, Little Brownie cookie boxes now display the RSPO Mass Balance palm oil logo shown here, highlighting this cookie’s contribution to the production of certified sustainable palm oil.