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Craving a Thin Mint cookie?

HARRIET HAMILTONsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Kristin Skvorc

FRISCO – Thin mints, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Samoas. Spring must be just around the corner: Girl Scout cookies are here.The parking lot in front of Wal-Mart in Frisco was busy Saturday afternoon. It was almost impossible to get inside, though, without being greeted by one of two similar-looking longhaired little girls.”Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?” Loren and Katelyn Keen asked Wal-Mart shoppers. Dressed in ski jackets and Brownie vests, the 7-year-old twin sisters worked the crowd from a folding table set up at the store’s front door.Buena Vista resident Bob Box, in town to pick up his wife at the bus station, succumbed to the girls’ pitch and bought some Thin Mints.

“My wife will like this better than flowers,” he said as he handed over his three dollars for the box.Katelyn and Loren, members of Brownie Troop 1405, were still energetic after four hours of cookie sales.”They’ve made about $600 today,” their mom Carol said. The best sellers were Thin Mints. She said the girls sold sixty boxes of the traditional chocolate-covered mint treat.Girl Scout cookies were first baked commercially in the 1930s, according to the Girl Scouts’ official website. Thin Mints, still the organization’s most popular cookie, have been around since the 1950s. Thin Mints and Samoas are Loren’s favorite cookies, but Katelyn said she likes the Tagalongs and Lemon Coolers.

This is their first year in cookie sales and their mom said the girls were shy at first.”They were afraid of being rejected,” she said. “But now they chase after people.”Loren said working with the public is her favorite part of the job.”You get to speak to someone that you don’t know,” she said.

The activity holds a different sort of appeal for sister Katelyn. She smiled when asked what she likes best about selling cookies.”Sometimes you can buy boxes for yourself,” she said.If you’re craving a sleeve of Thin Mints, this is the week to get them. Cookie sales in Summit County end March 4.Harriet Hamilton can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13624, or at

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