Once a year for nearly 100 years now, Girl Scouts across the country have been selling their famous and absolutely delicious cookies: Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Shortbreads, the list goes on.
Since 1917 however, you've had to know a Girl Scout in your neighborhood, or head to the local store and hope a troop is selling cookies outside.
Those days are long gone. The day many of you have been waiting for is finally here: Now you can buy delicious Girl Scout cookies from the official Girl Scout Cookies app for Apple and Android gadgets, and they proudly showed off the app at this week's CES in Las Vegas.
Order can be placed online, too, but those will require an email invitation from a scout (using only first names) so they can build client lists while staying safe from predators.
The new app works a little differently from normal apps. The first big difference is that you can't download it. A scout has to have it on her device and hand it over to you to place your order.
With a few clicks, you enter your order, mailing and email addresses, followed by payment information and you're all set. In fact, when your order is ready, the cookies will be delivered straight to your door - as soon as three days after the order.
Ordering Girl Scout cookies online has been a long time coming, and the benefits of selling online are seen by all. Here's what a few scouts told the Boston Globe:
‘‘They can get them quicker than waiting for me to deliver them because sometimes it takes me a long time to deliver,’’ offered 11-year-old Priscilla at the preview.
Added 7-year-old Anna: ‘‘My favorite part is that now I can sell more Girl Scout Cookies.’’
"During cookie season my daughter is wearing her (scout) vest on the subway and people are so excited to see a Girl Scout,’’ [Troop Leader Karen] Porcher explained. ‘‘Strangers actually will buy a case of cookies and wait for her to call. This is going to be amazing because now she can just say ‘Give me your business card,’ or ‘I’ll take your email address,’ send the email and they can be delivered. This is gonna be sweet.’’
Does this mean the end of Girl Scouts going door to door? Will mom and dad still peddle boxes around the office? Not necessarily. Girl Scouts will need parents' permission to sell their cookies digitally.
‘‘I’ll be sitting in the backseat to help her, certainly when it comes to credit cards, things of that sort,’’ he said. ‘‘But it makes perfect sense to have it be on the computer. It’s definitely time the Girl Scouts came into the 21st century.’’