Q Where can I buy Girl Guide cookies?
Girl Guide cookies are sold by girls in communities across Canada. The chocolatey mint cookies are available every fall (October to December) and the classic chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies are available every spring (from approximately March to June).
The semi-annual door to door cookie sales is a long standing tradition in Canada but you will also find Girl Guides selling at scheduled group events in your community throughout the year. Check out our national cookie finder map to find out where to buy cookies in a location near you.
Cookie Days in Canada is a nationwide cookie sales event held twice a year, in April and October. Check the cookie finder map for exact dates.
If you are still having problems finding cookies for sale in your community, please contact your provincial office.
Q How much does a box of Girl Guide cookies cost?
Girl Guide cookies are sold for only $5.00 a box.
Q Can Girl Guide cookies be sold online?
Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada is committed to ensuring the safety and security of our girl and adult Members in all Guiding-related activities. Therefore, GGC has adopted the following online cookie sales guidelines: Girl Guide cookies are currently not sold online due to safety concerns, and so GGC does not lose the face-to-face interaction between girls and the supporting public.
In addition, Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada (GGC) did some preliminary research into the viability of an online sales option for GGC cookies and found that the cost to implement online sales capability to our members was too high for GGC to reasonably manage.
The process of selling cookies is a valuable learning tool in developing future life skills for girls.
You can locate a cookie selling event by City or Postal Code at http://www.girlguides.ca/where_to_buy.
Online sales are considered to be a scenario where a transaction is made online. Online marketing can include various mediums like print, broadcast and social media in a safe and secure manner. Girls that are participating in online marketing initiatives (not online sales) should read and discuss the rules for online safety with parents/guardians and/or their Unit Guider(s). Cookies that are for sale on auction sites should not be purchased as GGC cannot guarantee the freshness of the cookies.
Q When I buy Girl Guide cookies, where does my money go?
Proceeds from the sale of Girl Guide cookies support Guiding activities – both in your community and across the country. The money raised through cookie sales:
- Helps us provide diverse and exciting programs and activities.
- Allows girls the chance to discover new interests, learn valuable leadership skills and make lasting friendships.
- Assists girls and leaders with attending camps and events.
Q How does cookie selling benefit girls?
Cookie selling not only raises funds for Guiding programs, but also provides opportunities for girls to develop skills such as:
- Planning and goal setting
- Community involvement
- Safety awareness
- Problem solving and decision making
- Money and time management
- Customer service
Q How many boxes of Girl Guide cookies are sold each year?
Over 6 million boxes of Girl Guide cookies are sold each year across Canada.
Q Are Girl Guide cookies peanut-free?
There are no peanuts or peanut products in Girl Guide cookies. The peanut-free logo and a peanut-free statement are located beside the ingredient list on all cookie boxes. To avoid the risk of cross-contamination, our cookies are produced in a peanut-free bakery to ensure that everyone can enjoy them. Get more information on Dare Foods' commitment to a peanut-free facility.
Q Do Girl Guide Cookies have an expiry date?
To ensure Girl Guide Cookies retain their optimum taste, texture and appearance they have a freshness guarantee date. Classic Girl Guide cookies are best within ten months of the date they were produced, while chocolately-mint cookies are best eaten within eight months of production. Girl Guide cookies can be consumed after these time periods even though the optimum quality will start to diminish. To determine the packaging date of your cookies, please locate the code imprinted on the end flap of the box. This code is a series of four or five digits followed by a letter. The first one or two number(s) refers to the year in which the product was made (e.g. 9 represents 2009, 10 represents 2010). The following three numbers refer to the specific day within the entire year (day 001 to day 366), and the letter refers to the shift the product was produced on. For example, the code 11035D would indicate that the product was made in 2011 on the 35th day (February 4), shift D.
Q Have you reduced the trans fats in Girl Guide Cookies?
Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada (GGC) is aware of the health issues surrounding particular processed foods, including cookies, and is committed to maintaining the quality of Girl Guide cookies while keeping these concerns in mind.
Girl Guides of Canada is proud to state announce that our classic chocolate and vanilla Girl Guide cookies have 0g trans-fat per serving, while our chocolatey mint cookies have 90 percent less trans-fat per serving than before. There is now only 0.1 g of trans-fat per serving (two cookies). Our ability to completely remove the trans-fat is limited by our desire to maintain the same quality, taste and texture of our chocolatey mint cookies. We have worked closely with our baker Dare Foods Ltd to reduce the trans-fat content of our cookies while maintaining the same great taste that Canadians love. As always, it is important to remember that cookies are a treat.
Q Are Girl Guide cookie boxes environmentally friendly?
Yes, both the shipper case and the box are printed on 100 per cent recycled material while the box's coating is water-based (which is more eco-friendly than previous coatings). The plastic tray is fully recyclable in most municipalities. The cookie tray over-wrap (the clear cellophane) is recyclable, but has limited acceptance - please check with your local municipality.
Q What kinds of programs/initiatives can girls take part in while selling cookies?
GGC has several programs/initiatives where girls can earn badges or awards;
- Cookies Rising Program Challenge integrates cookies selling activities into the Guiding program. The girl-centered activities for each Guiding level help girls develop important life skills like teamwork, goal setting, communication and money management. In addition, some provinces have initiated their own cookie badges.
- Cookie All Stars: Cookie All Stars is GGC's cookie selling rewards initiative that allows girls to take a more active role in deciding how, when and to whom they will sell cookies. Get detailed information on this Cookie All Stars initiative.
- Girl Guide Cookies and You: Rangers can earn a certificate by taking an active role in supporting at least four cookie campaigns.
Q How long has GGC been selling cookies?
GGC has been selling cookies since 1927. It all began when a Regina Girl Guide Leader baked and packaged cookies as a simple way to raise money. Girl Guide cookies are a time-honoured and eagerly awaited Canadian tradition. Read more about the history of Girl Guide cookies in Canada.
Q Who should I contact if I have more questions or concerns?
Door to Door selling restrictions
While several provinces, including British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario have or are soon to put restrictions on certain types of door to door sales (specifically air conditioners, water heaters, furnaces, water treatment devices or any other prescribed product) there are no restrictions on girl Guide Cookie sales. Charitable organizations are exempt from such bans and any members that receive complaints when approaching customers during door to door blitz should reference www.consumerinformation.ca for specific information relating to their province's regulations.