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Cookie time: Girl Scouts prepare to tempt dieters with tasty treats
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It's official. The 2013 Girl Scout cookie selling season is almost open.  Get ready to be tempted by the likes of coconutty Samoas, peanut-butter-chocolate Tagalongs and the ever-popular Thin Mint. Turlock residents will soon be able to get their hands on the famed Girl Scout cookies starting Feb. 22 through March 17.

Eight types of cookie treats will be available this year for sale through local Girl Scout troops, including this year’s new cookie, Mango Cremes.

The newly added cookie is described as a vanilla and coconut crunchy cookie with a mango filling. 

“The cookie contains the concentrate of many natural flavors,” said Service Unit Manager of the Three Rivers Service Unit Julie Davis.  “It is packed with vitamins and nutria fusion.”

With today’s technology, cookie fanatics can find the closest sales spot with a touch of a button.

“We have a cookie locator online by visiting,” said Davis.  “Hit the cookie sales site and type in your own zip code at the top of the search bar.  A list of the closest sales location will be quickly displayed.”

Girl Scouts of the USA command a $700 million cookie empire, unloading 200 million boxes a year.

“Last year our Girl Scouts from Turlock sold 77,000 boxes,” said Davis.  “This year we hope to surpass a goal of 82,000.”

Girl Scout troops will also be selling cookies in front of Lowe's, Safeway, Village Fresh Market and Raley's.

“Our girls will be at our designated locations on Wednesdays and weekends at $4 a box,” said Davis.