Some Girl Guides in Ontario and Eastern Canada won't be able to sell their classic cookies until later this year because of a delay in deliveries.

Production issues are to blame, Girl Guides of Canada and cookie manufacturer Dare Foods confirmed on Friday.

"Due to a delay with ingredients and packaging, we have had to reschedule production of Girl Guide cookies," Deborah Del Duca, CEO of Girl Guides of Canada, said in a statement. "As a result some cookie deliveries will be delayed in Ontario and Eastern Canada."

The Girl Guides of Canada won't say which communities and provinces other than Ontario are affected, when the cookies will arrive, and whether the late start to the "nationwide cookie sale event" will leave some units short of money for programs, activities and camps.

"Dare Foods and Girl Guides have worked together to plan and to communicate the delivery delay to the Girl Guide membership over the past four weeks," Del Duca said. "We thank our guiders and girls for their understanding."

Ontario has 2,100 Girl Guide units and some have been told they could be facing a two-month delay, while in New Brunswick, units were told the cookies will be two weeks late.

Girl Guides of Canada sells its classic vanilla and chocolate sandwich cookies for $5 a box in the spring, and "chocolatey" mint cookies in the fall.

Public advised to check website

Del Duca said the public can check out the cookie finder map on the organization's website to find cookie sales events near them when the cookies finally arrive.


Girl Guide cookie boxes are on display at the Girl Guide provincial archives in Saint John, N.B. (Deborah Irvine Anderson)

"We thank the public for their support in purchasing Girl Guide cookies," she said.

Ruth Lindsay of Girl Guides New Brunswick said units in the province may have less time to sell the cookies once they arrive. 

"We have really sharp unit guiders and they're quite creative and they'll find some way to resolve this issue, I'm sure," she said.

Girl Guide cookies have their own Twitter account, but there was no mention of the delay as of late Friday morning.

According to the cookie FAQs on the Girl Guides of Canada website, the money raised by the sale of Girl Guide cookies helps the organization provide a variety of programs, and allows girls to discover new interests and learn leadership skills. The money raised also helps girls and leaders to attend camps and events.