By Wyatt Goolsby
ODESSA - West Texans will soon be tearing through those boxes of Girl Scout cookies. The next time you start eating the tasty snacks, however, you may finish them faster than you think. Some boxes will have fewer cookies.
"The entire sale goes back to the girls," Carrie Bronaugh, the Product Sales Manager with Girl Scouts of the Permian Basin, said. "It doesn't go anywhere else except our counties here."
On Thursday, Girl Scouts from Troop 18 in Odessa took a break from selling cookies. Already, here in the Basin sales are up three percent from last year. However, when West Texans open up their boxes of cookies next month, they'll notice a slight change from years past.
"The Shortbread, the Peanut Butter Sandwich, and the Thin Mint are reduced in size," Bronaugh explained. "They are only reduced by one ounce. There are two cookies missing in the Thin Mints, two cookies missing in the Peanut Butter Sandwich, and four less cookies in the Shortbread."
Bronaugh said it's not a drastic change, but a way to make up for high cost of making the cookies.
"We want to give them the best, and we want to give our customers the best, and that's why we've chosen to go with keeping the quality and making a few less cookies, so that the customer can still get their number one cookie and name brand and still benefit the girls as well," Bronaugh added.
The cost is still the same: $3.50 a box. But according to Girl Scouts here in the Basin, after years of practice, they know how to push their product in a pinch.
"Probably a little bit to people at Church, they like girl scout cookies," Liberty Rimer, an Odessa Girl Scout told NewsWest 9. "Go around the block, and a whole bunch of family members, and sometimes I sell them to my friends."
"Once you get the hang of it, it starts getting easier," Gabby McKay, another Odessa Girl Scout, explained. "When you ask them if they want to buy cookies or anything, it seems like they respect you more and they're a little nicer to you once you start talking to them instead of being shy."
And even if you can't spring for a box of shortbreads:
"If you don't buy a box of cookies, just say hey you're doing a great job, because it really means a lot to the girls," Bronaugh said. "When they hear that feedback, it just teaches them a lot."
The Girl Scouts will stay pretty busy during both February and March. They plan to deliver cookies, and sell more at malls and stores in Midland and Odessa.