Thin Mints. Samoas. Do-Si-Dos.
Who can resist the allure of a girl scout cookie? We all should, says one troop leader and mom of three from southern California. Monica Serratos, troop leader of Girl Scout Daisy Troop #2753, says her troop is opting out of selling Girl Scout cookies this year and will instead celebrate the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary by displaying a "cake" made of fruit at the Orange County Fair on July 27.
Serratos, 31, said she wanted to call attention to the fact that cookies aren't good for kids who already get too much sugar at school and at home, so she asked other troop parents to talk with their daughters about the issue.
Serratos asked Girl Scout officials if her troop could sell fruit cakes (cakes scuplted out of fruit) instead of cookies, but her request was denied. "Girl Scout Daisy troops may not participate in fundraisers outside of our product sales programs (cookie sales and fall product sales), which have age-appropriate skill-building curriculum for Daisies," Girl Scouts communications manager Emilie Perkins said in an email.
Serratos is no stranger to sweets. She's actually a baker who competed once on Food Network's "Cupcake Wars." But she says that all the sugar kids get each day adds up, and she'd like to see the Girl Scouts promote something healthier.
Serratos said she also worries about some of the ingredients in Girl Scout cookies, such as palm oil — the production of which leads to deforestation.