Are Girl Scouts the New Superheroes?

Julia Bainbridge
Food Editor
March 14, 2014

It’s been a big winter for the Girl Scouts.

Wednesday, a Texas troop saved a local H-E-B grocery store from losing $2,000 of goods to a shoplifter. “We caught a bad guy,” Girl Scout Hailey Matthews told Yahoo News.

May we suggest a uniform change? Because those little green vests should be traded in for capes.

The Scouts also fight for your health. Back in January, they launched a gluten-free chocolate chip shortbread, giving hope to gluten-intolerant cookie lovers around the nation.

Then in February, San Francisco-based Scout Danielle Lei ingeniously set up shop (or folding table) outside a medical marijuana dispensary, selling 117 boxes of cookies in two hours.

Unfortunately, the Girl Scouts of Colorado issued a statement soon after catching wind of Lei’s strategy: “Girl Scouts of Colorado doesn’t allow girls to sell cookies outside of any adult-oriented business, whether that is a bar, strip club, casino, liquor store or marijuana dispensary,” the statement read. “We recognize these are legitimate businesses, but we don’t feel they are an appropriate place for girls to be selling cookies in Colorado.”

No matter. In 12 years, we predict Lei will graduate from Harvard Business School and launch an international marijuana boutique slash cookie bar chain, and make massive bank. (It should be noted that she’s already had an impact on at least one other brilliant young Scout: Phoenix, member Lexi Menees set up shop outside a medical marijuana dispensary, too, and the Girl Scouts of Northern California supported her.)

Basically, the Girl Scouts are the “It” girls of the food world right now. Getting Rihanna to pose for your ad campaign might help sell clothes, and Beyoncé’s jingle might lure Coke drinkers over to the Pepsi side, but if you want to add that golden touch to your sweets, call a Girl Scout. Just ask Crumbs Bake ShopBreyer’s ice cream, or Nestle’s Coffee-Mate creamer.

Speaking of Beyoncé, maybe she had you, Girl Scouts, in mind when she wrote this song?