by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Northern Illinois Girl Scouts of America have a fall product program intended to help young girls develop and foster the ability to make decisions, set goals, interact with others, manage money and adhere to business ethics.
To help teach these life skills, the organization is currently selling some pretty tasty gourmet treats at the Sugar Grove Council Shop amd Service Center, 200 New Bond St. Items available at the shop include sugar-free chocolate truffles, mint treasures, Zen crunch mix (wasabi peas, sesame sticks and an assortment of nuts), chocolate-covered pretzels and raisins, peanut butter dreams, malted milk balls, deluxe pecan clusters, honey-roasted peanuts, whole cashews and a fruit-slice assortment. There’s something available for just about every snack-food fan.
“All of our gourmet food items are between $5 and $10, which makes for a budget-friendly holiday gift-giving strategy,” said Ann-Marie Soderstrom, public relations manager for Girl Scouts of Illinois. “A lot of customers love our chocolate-covered pretzels in a schoolhouse tin, which is a perfect holiday gift for teachers.”
According to a Northern Illinois Girl Scouts of America press release, the fall program is meant to teach scouts important life skills and help them earn money for troop activities and service projects that take place before the Girl Scout Cookie Program every winter.
“This opportunity allows customers to purchase delicious gourmet food items for the holidays, all while supporting local Girl Scouts,” Soderstrom said. “My favorite is the deluxe pecan clusters, which feature gooey caramel and delicious pecan clusters dipped in mouth-watering chocolate.”