Counting any leftover Thin Mints still in the freezer, more Girl Scout cookies were eaten last year in the Washington area than anywhere else in the country. Washingtonians bought almost 4.2 million boxes of cookies in 2008—or roughly 114 boxes for each of the 36,000 regional scouts who sold cookies. Like the rest of the nation, Washingtonians bought mostly Thin Mints and coconut Samoas.
“Kids here are more motivated, and the expectations parents have of their kids are higher,” explains Lidia Soto-Harmon of the local Girl Scout council. “Someone described Girl Scouts in the DC area as ‘Girl Scouts on espresso.’ ”