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Where To Buy Girl Scout Cookies In L.A.

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Times may be uncertain, but sugary salvation is in sight. Girl Scout cookie season is officially upon us, and opportunities for sweet, sweet distraction will soon be filling the city, one troop at a time.

The sale of cookies to finance troop activities dates back as early as 1917 (five years after the founding of the Girl Scouts themselves), according to the organization's website. In the early days, cookie sales were a make-them-yourselves enterprise, with mothers and daughters preparing simple sugar cookies at home, packing them into little wax paper bags, and selling them for 25 to 35 cents a dozen. Cookies are now big business, of course.

There is also a new cookie available this year, the much-hyped S'mores brand. Girl Scout cookies actually slightly differ by region because they are prepared by a few different bakers, but here in L.A., the 2017 S'mores cookie features creamy chocolate and marshmallow filling buttressed by crunchy graham cracker cookies on either side.

The 2017 cookie season runs from January 29 to March 12, meaning you have a little over a month left to purchase—and stockpile—this year's cookies. And starting this weekend, Girl Scouts will be setting up shop to sell cookies at a long list of locales around town. The Girl Scouts website offers a handy search of where to find cookies by zip code, via their cookie locator. Enter your zip code, and find the closest troop to you.

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In the meantime, a few highlights around town for this coming weekend:

Girl Scouts will be setting up shop outside of the Silver Lake 365 by Whole Foods market from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Troops will be outside of Vroman's bookstore in Pasadena those same hours. Cookies will be available this weekend on UCLA's Bruin Walk from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Sunday.

Other weekend cookie selling locations around town include (this is a very abridged list) the Food 4 Less in Los Feliz, Vicente Foods in Brentwood, Gelson's in Santa Monica, the Color Me Mine in Beverly Hills, and Trader Joe's markets in West Hollywood, Culver City, and Westchester, among others. For the very long full list, see the Girl Scouts website.