Once again it's time for the public to sink its collective teeth into one of America's favorite treats - Girl Scout cookies.
Whether the preference is Thin Mints, Tag-Alongs or Samoas, cookie fantasies are about to come true. Since 1917, Girl Scouts have been tempting taste buds with these popular goodies, and now Girl Scouts and their supporters are taking orders.
Girls Scouts of Middle Tennessee Regional Executive Cathey Sweeney said the cookies are good in more ways than one.
"Sales began Dec. 24," she said. "Now it's just order taking, so people will be taking orders at work or school."
Does she fear that people with fresh New Year's resolutions will resist the urge to order the cookies few can resist?
"By the time the orders come in, you've broken your resolutions by then," Sweeney said, adding Wilson County is fertile ground for cookie sales.
"Sales are usually great here," she said. "For the past three years, of 39 counties, a girl from Mt. Juliet has been the biggest seller. She sells more than 3,000 boxes of cookies every year."
What do Girl Scouts do with the proceeds?
"Of the money raised, part goes to pay for the cookies and some for the operating budget - to keep the lights on and feed the horses.The rest goes back into the troop's checking account. Then, the troop votes on how to spend the proceeds."
Troops get a lot of suggestions about how to use their profits.
"One email said we should use the money to send cookies to the troops in Afganistan. One troop in Mt. Juliet uses the proceeds to plant flowers at their school. Some use it to fund travel for the girls. They can use the money right away or save up to do something big," Sweeney said.
One popular use for all that "cookie dough" is for a troop to fund a trip to Savannah, Ga. to the mecca of Girl Scouting - the home of founder Juliette Gordon Lowe.
Regardless of how the cookie proceeds are used, it's the cookies that seal the deal.
"The most popular cookies are the Thin Mints, with Samoas and Tag Alongs a close second and third," she said. "They are not only good when you buy them, but they also freeze well, and they can be used in recipes. Recipes can be found on our website, gsmidtn.org."
The price of a box of Girl Scout cookies is still $3.50, the same for the past seven years.
Sweeney said buying Girl Scout cookies isn't just about getting your hands on a great taste sensation.
"It's not just cookies," she said. "You're helping little girls go where they want to go."