BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — For all those thin mint lovers out there, you're in luck. Girl Scouts nationally have been finding ways to get creative with their cookie sales since the start of the pandemic, and now that they are in the beginning stages of their cookie season. They are collaborating with one popular local business in order to fulfill that sweet tooth, all while attempting to meet their sale goals for the year.
Suga Shack opened in the midst of a pandemic, and so far their business has been booming. But now thanks to local girl scouts, their menu is about to get even sweeter. You can now top your sundae with the popular thin mints, caramel delights, or the Girl Scout's newest Toast-yay cookie.
Girl Scouts are partnering up with the local businesses as they gear up for the national cookie weekend starting February 19-21, and this year they are working with a drive-thru ice cream shop in southwest Bakersfield.
“They're going to take our cookies and turn them into something amazing," said Shannon Pamiza, Girl Scouts of Central California South.
Pamiza says they chose to collaborate with Suga Shack as they were immediately drawn to the new family-owned business.
“The sign automatically caught our attention, the line that they have here, it must be something good right?! So we decided to come to talk to her see what she's all about. She's all about community as well. And she likes to give back .. So thats exactly the type of business we like to partner with .”
Pamiza is talking about the co-owner of the ice cream shop and a former Girl Scout herself Chea Bush.
“I think one of the great things about the Girl Scouts is with everything that goes on at home, sometimes going to those groups and making those connections with other young people, it's extremely beneficial, not just then but later on in life to learn how to be part of the community and interact with other people," said Bush.
And since Bush says she was fortunate enough to open her doors during the pandemic, she wants to give back.
“Right now with social distancing, it's really important that we encourage and support these programs that are trying their best until they can go out and open their doors and learn these life skills.”
This is why Bush will continue to purchase the cookies in 30-box increments, to be just one of the many businesses helping the Girl Scouts of Central California reach their one million box cookie sale goal this season.
“We want to continue being a staple in the community and being able to love and support everybody.“
Soon the community can also benefit from this, as they choose from Suga Shack's three newest menu items, which Bush calls the Oh-Fudge Girl Scout Cookie sundaes.
These special treats will be topped with your favorite cookie crumbles over a variety of different sauces and ice creams.
And Bush says you can't go wrong, from the caramel delight sundae to the mint fudge with chocolatey hot sauce paired with the marshmellow cream sauce and crushed thin mints.
If you'd like to treat yourself to a Girl Scout sundae, Bush says itll be on the menu starting Friday at 3 p.m. and will be served until March 31.