Girl Scout Katelyn Emmans, a sophomore at Coon Rapids High School, struck a business deal with Something Sweet by Maddie Lu, a Coon Rapids bakery run by 22-year-old Maddie Carlos and her mother, Laurie.
Emmans pitched to Carlos how she might use Girl Scout cookies in her confections, including information about new and popular flavors.
“It’s a win-win for both of us,” Emmans said.
Carlos was impressed by the young entrepreneur and has purchased around 100 boxes from her this year.
Carlos has created six cupcakes using Caramel deLites, Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades, gluten-free Trios and Girl Scout S’mores, and they have been received extremely well by customers, she said.
“It is definitely going to be a tradition now,” Carlos said.
Emmans said she has tried them all and gave rave reviews.
Cupcakes featuring Girl Scout cookies will be available at the bakery, 12772 Riverdale Blvd., at least through the weekend.
Girl Scouts sell cookies through March, and members in Troop 12001, to which Emmans belongs, each had a goal of selling 300 boxes. Members have each exceeded the goal and are now trying for 400, according to Emmans.
Girl Scouts in Troop 12001 are using proceeds from cookie sales to finance a trip to Savannah, Georgia, birthplace of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low, later this year.
Emmans has been in Girl Scouts since first grade.
“It’s a really good way to meet new friends and be more confident about yourself,” she said.
Something Sweet is coming up on its two-year anniversary.
“We continue to get busier by the month,” Carlos said.
Business increased after she appeared on the Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship,” which aired in November 2016. Carlos was eliminated in the pie round, but calls the experience a good one.
Later this spring, Something Sweet will introduce shakes and malts to its list of offerings and change up how it serves edible cookie dough.
As a young entrepreneur herself, Carlos’ advice is to young women like Emmans is to put yourself out there and work hard.
“I just really put my whole heart into it,” Carlos said.