Girl Scout Cookie Fans May Have to Wait Because of Thin Mints

There could be a delay in your Girl Scout cookie delivery.

ByABC News
February 18, 2015, 3:15 PM

— -- Attention Girl Scout cookie fans: Your Tagalong and Samoa orders might take a little longer than expected.

The culprit for a slight delay on deliveries to a small percentage of customers is the ever-so-popular Thin Mints, which are back ordered this season.

Little Brownie Bakers, the Kellogg-owned company that makes and manufactures Girl Scout cookies, are behind in producing the minty, chocolate-coated cookie, which has been in high demand since it made its debut in 1940.

Because of Thin Mint production shortages, Little Brownie Bakers has rescheduled deliveries of all cookie varieties to the affected troops from March 16 to March 21.

"During our busiest point in the season, our bakers make about 9 million Thin Mints daily," Girl Scouts USA told ABC News.

The organization, which began in 1912, reportedly sells around 200 million boxes of cookies each season. About 25 percent of boxes ordered are the popular Thin Mints.

As of now, Girl Scouts USA said 6 percent of its 112 Girl Scout councils are affected by the back order.

Jennifer Thompson, senior director of marketing and communications of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, told ABC News that all customers who bought Thin Mints from the 2,000 troops in her council will be experiencing a delay.

"Little Brownie saw they weren’t able to keep the initial delivery dates," she said. "The only cookie affected right now is the Thin Mint cookie. We’ve been told by Little Brownie that the cookies will be a little delayed, but they are assuring that they are working 24-7 to fulfill every order."

Kris Charles, a Kellogg company spokeswoman, issued the following statement to ABC News: “While overall demand for Thin Mints has been greater than expected this season, we are working to ensure every order is delivered in a timely manner.”

The overwhelming amount of cookie sales aren't upsetting the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey troops, though.

"It is a function of exceeding what we thought they'd do this year, which is great for the girls," Thompson said.

Because they're fulfilled differently than traditional orders, cookies ordered online through Digital Cookie will not be impacted by delivery delays.