March is for mad hares and Girl Guide biscuits. Hares might be scarce in the city but not the biscuits. Stalls and sellers are popping up on busy streets as this seasonal treat gets under way. Last year we got through some 33 million biscuits and it is hoped it will be more this year.
Guide biscuits first appeared in 1957 and groups of Brownies and Guides went door-to-door selling. Now, 57 years later, the biscuits are still selling and the girls’ efforts provide a vital annual injection to funds
As a registered charity, GirlGuiding New Zealand relies on the girls – and their parents and leaders – to help with the fundraiser as the proceeds provide more than 55 per cent of the organisation’s annual revenue. As well, Guide Biscuit Season offers every girl, from Pippin to Ranger, the chance to pick up new skills embracing marketing, customer service, money handling, product storage and distribution, selling techniques and safety management.
As for the consumer, remember, our contribution to GirlGuiding NZ helps our girls realise their ambitions.
Interested in Guiding? You are not alone. Across New Zealand Guiding attracts 11,000 girls from 5-year-old Pippins through to Rangers up to 18 years, supported by about 2000 adult volunteer leaders. To find out where your daughter’s local Pippin, Brownie, Guide or Ranger unit is located, telephone GirlGuiding NZ on 0800 222292 or visit girlguidingnz.org.nz.
Guide biscuits are available in Original, Choc and Mini Chocs varieties for $3.50 a packet. As well as individual sales and streetside stalls, the biscuits are available in Postie outlets and Mad Butcher stores. For more information about where to buy Guide biscuits and for recipe ideas, visit .guidebiscuits.org.nz or facebook.com/GirlGuiding NZ.
GIRL GUIDE JAFFA TRUFFLES
1 cup raisins Finely grated zest 1⁄ an orange
2 1⁄ cup orange juice
4 20 Guide Choc biscuits 50g butter 1⁄ cup desiccated coconut
2 Extra coconut for finishing Measure the raisins into a small bowl, add the orange zest and juice. Stir to mix then leave to stand while you prepare remaining ingredients. Put the biscuits into a food processor, then process until finely crushed. Melt the butter in a large glass or plastic bowl (about 1 minute on high power in a microwave) then add the crumbs, stir to mix. Microwave 1 minute on high power, stirring after 30 seconds then transfer back to the food processor, add the raisins and juice then process until well mixed. Stir in the coconut, then refrigerate mixture until firm enough to shape (will take about an hour). Shape heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls and roll in coconut. Refrigerate until required.
WIN WIN WIN
Go in the recipe contest to win one of five special Guide biscuit packages. Each package includes an iconic GirlGuiding biscuit tin, packs of the biscuits (Original, Choc and Mini Choc) and a set of recipes using the biscuits. For full details, and to enter, go to Best Bickies competition at guidebiscuits.org.nz.
Added value: Munchy morsels from biscuits.