It’s a big business that starts small. Young girls rings their neighbors’ doorbells and offer to sell them tasty cookies, so the Girl Scouts can go camping and do other activities. Multiply that small sale, though, by thousands of Girl Scouts across the country and even more people eager to buy the annual, famously good treat, and you’ve got millions of cookies, nearly three-quarters of a billion of dollars spent and billions of calories consumed each year.
Behind that big business are two cookie manufacturers with a very reliable source of income. These bakeries get to decide which types of cookies to keep and which to retire based on their popularity. These decisions often provoke passionate controversy; even the least-popular Girl Scout cookies often have their diehard fans.
In the end, the Girl Scouts’ cookie-selling business keeps running an organization that has nurtured a majority of the women in Congress.
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