The Girl Scouts Cookie Challenge

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Apr. 24, 2013 | Modified: Apr. 29, 2013
The Girl Scouts Cookie Challenge

In a previous Girl Scout Cookie Challenge, Casa Rustica crafted a bread pudding with the popular Caramel DeLite cookies.

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If you have a sweet tooth, particularly one for Girl Scouts’ cookies, you don’t want to miss the sixth annual Girl Scouts Dessert Tasting and Silent Auction.

The sugar-coated fundraiser takes place at the Boone United Methodist Church Family Center from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28.

The tasting is unique in that local restaurants use Girl Scouts cookies in custom-made dishes that guests can sample for a cover charge of $6.

“It is totally of their discretion how they (restaurants) use the cookies,” said Deanne Smith, an organizer for the event. “We give no requirements. We’ve seen some use the cookies as simple garnishes and as an essential ingredient in the dessert.”

What the restaurants create when their chefs are turned loose with the cookies is something to taste firsthand.

In previous installments, Smith said she has tasted a bread pudding with Caramel DeLites cookies from Casa Rustica, a lemon pie from the Dan’l Boone Inn and a Thin Mint surprise from Sweet Frog. Vidalia also concocted a crème brûlée, using the world-famous cookies.

The goal of the tasting portion of the fundraiser to utilize every Girl Scout cookie available into each yearly selection of desserts, Smith said, adding, “We are almost there.”

For this year’s lineup of desserts, patrons will be able to sample Thin Mints, Caramel DeLites, Peanut Butter Patties and Lemonade cookies.

The Mango Creme will be this year’s feature cookie, Smith said.

Smith said Canyons, Bandana’s, Higher Grounds Coffee, Char and Vidalia would prepare this year’s slate of desserts.

A silent auction, featuring items from local businesses will complete the fundraiser.

“We have a whole variety of merchandise, gift certificates and gift cards for programs and services for dance classes and summer camps,” Smith said.

Two troops are organizing this year’s event. Senior Troop 10004 will use the funds for the Girls Unite! trip in Orlando, Fla., and Cadet Troop 10133 will use portions of the monies raised to complete Silver Award projects.

The tasting event began as fundraising effort for the local Girls Scouts service unit, which represented Watauga and Avery counties, Smith said.

While fundraising for whole service units is no longer allowed, Smith said local individual troops are continuing the tradition.

Boone United Methodist Church is located at 471 New Market Blvd. in Boone.

About the Girl Scouts

Founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout Troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., according to the organization’s website.

The U.S. Congress later chartered the group on March 16, 1950, and today there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts celebrating their core values.

Girl Scouts have also blossomed into an international organization, with more 92 countries fielding troop representation.

The organization’s mission is to instill courage, confidence and character into scouts while making the world a better place.

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