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Kate Fraser

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 girl­guid­

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 .guide­bis­ or face­­Guid­ing NZ.


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.


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 guide­bis­

Added value: Munchy morsels from bis­cuits.

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