It was 1926 when Mrs. Caroline Hintz led her Girl Scouts in baking cookies in the window of the gas company. The girls earned a baking badge and around $10 on the sale. The next year, a larger sale netted closer to $125.
The idea of baking and selling cookies was first floated by the Girl Scouts in 1922, but it wasn’t until 1933 that an officially sanctioned sale was held.
While they weren’t selling Thin Mints, Samoas or Tag-A-Longs, Mrs. Hintz was remembered at her passing 45 years ago today for putting Buffalo on the map as among the country’s first municipalities inundated with sweet little girls offering us an excuse to say yes to an indulgence we might otherwise fight.
"Mrs. Caroline Hintz dies; began 'Girl Scout Cookies' "
“Mrs. Hintz held the first Girl Scout cookie sale 43 years ago to help her Buffalo troop earn its cooking badge.”