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Remain Calm: The Thin Mint Shortage Could Last Weeks

The Girl Scouts are not baking fast enough.


Everyone's favorite Girl Scout Cookie, the Thin Mint, is in short supply and is causing a chain reaction of delays for thousands of cookie customers across the country. ABC news reports that Girl Scout Cookie deliveries — for cookies ordered by troops from their partner bakeries — are delayed due to a shortage of Thin Mints.

Little Brownie Bakers — which is owned by Kellogg's, and produces about half of the country's Girl Scout Cookies — has rescheduled deliveries for all of the cookies on the Scouts' menu. Deliveries that were expected this week are now expected between March 16 and March 21.

"[O]ur bakers make about 9 million Thin Mints daily."

The Scouts' apologized for the shortage in a statement: "While we are unable to pinpoint precisely the cause of this increase in demand, rest assured that the bakers are working around the clock to ensure that our councils, troops, and customers receive their cookie orders in a timely fashion."

The New York Daily News notes that though only six percent of all Girl Scout troops are affected, that means several thousands of customers will experience a delay. All 2,000 troops in New Jersey are affected. No online or app orders will experience a delay, however.

A spokesperson for the Girl Scouts told ABC news, "During our busiest point in the season, our bakers make about 9 million Thin Mints daily."

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