Girl Scouts raise cookie prices, offer new varieties

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SAN DIEGO — Girl Scouts San Diego is raising the price of cookies for the first time in over a decade and offering two new varieties.

When local Girl Scouts begin selling door-to-door as well as online on Jan. 25, cookies will be priced at $5, according to Girl Scouts San Diego.

The last time the price changed was from $3 to $4 in 2004.

The higher prices are because the cost for cookies has increased by 23 percent since 2004. Total operating expenses have increased by 38 percent.

Two new varieties include a crunchy oatmeal raisin cookie with yogurt-flavored chips and a gluten-free buttery cookie with toffee chips.

Local Girl Scouts and their customers will be sending deployed military members the 2.5 millionth box of cookies since Operation Thin Mint began in 2002.

Cookies provide Girl Scouts its largest source of funds. Troops use proceeds to fund activities, events and camps. Girl Scouts San Diego uses its share to train and support 13,000 volunteers, maintain three facilities around the county and two camps near Julian, and provide the financial assistance that keeps the program available and affordable for 30,000 local girls.

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