It’s that time…

Yeah, it’s Girl Scout Cookie time.  And I’m the proud mama of two Girl Scouts. 

BoxGroup5B_Shadow Now I’m not going to get into whether or not Girl Scout cookies are a Good Thing or a Bad Thing.   They are simply a thing.  A fact of my life as a mom of girls.  They are also a relatively tasty thing.  And if there’s no escaping it (there’s not–just try to evade the Girl Scouts when cookie sales are happening), it might as well be tasty.

I have a particular appreciation for their tastiness as I usually end up buying everything my kids can’t sell.  I’ll probably end up eating at least three boxes of each flavor, so let’s cut straight to the chase.  Exactly how tasty are these babies?

I’m so glad you asked.  Here they are, ranked (in my humble, road-tested opinion) from worst to best: 

ThinMints2Thin Mints.  These are essentially a chocolate-dipped mint-flavored chocolate cracker. People love these with a burning passion but I just don’t get it.  I mean, I respect others’ right to dissent but speaking for myself personally?  If it smacks of toothpaste, I don’t want it for dessert. I just don’t.  I don’t care how much chocolate you throw at it.

Savannah_SmilesSavannah Smiles. Okay, so these aren’t  bad.  There’s nothing wrong with them.  They’re lemon-shortbread crescents dusted with powdered sugar.  They’re fine.  But they’re new in the past couple of years & I like my cookies with a little tradition on them.  But I’ll be honest–without chocolate OR caramel, they’re starting at a disadvantage.  

Trefoils3Trefoils:  These are your shortbread classics, shaped like the girl scout seal.  If I had a big bowl of ice cream & nothing to put on it, I’d settle for trefoils but I wouldn’t be excited about it.  

do-si-doDo-Si-Dos:  Your peanut butter sandwich cookie.  Definitely a contender.  Love that nutty, granola-y texture, & peanut butter is a big favorite of mine.  Crumble these over a bowl of vanilla ice cream & now you’re talking. 

Samoas1Samoas:  Now these are truly a treat.  It’s a shortbread ring, covered in caramel & coconut, then drizzled with chocolate.  That’s the holy trinity of Cs right there, people–chocolate, coconut AND caramel.  Please, thank you, amen.  So why aren’t these at the top of my list?  Because in my perfect world, dessert is frozen.  And when you freeze caramel it turns into a tooth-chipping heart break.  So, sorry, Samoas.  You get the silver.  Next?

Tagalongs1Tagalongs:  Now this is the perfect cookie.  It’s a shortbread patty, covered in a layer of peanut butter.  Then the whole thing is dipped in chocolate.  They’re delightful on their own, of course, but throw these babies in the freezer?  They get exponentially better.  Now chop ’em up & throw them on a big bowl of vanilla ice cream & you’ve just scooped yourself a dish of heaven. 

And guess what ONE VARIETY of cookie my girls managed to sell every single box of? 

That’s right.  Tagalongs.  

You know what we’re up to our eyeballs in?  

Thin Mints. 

I could just cry.

So tell me, are you a fan of Girl Scout cookies?  What’s your favorite & why?

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  • flchen1 says:

    I am a GS cookie fan, and the Tagalongs and Samoas are near the top of my list, too! I do also have a weakness for the lemon cookies that preceded the Savannah Smiles, not that I can remember what those are called! I don’t mind the others, but am not a fan of the Thank You Berry Much variety 😉 Happy selling, Susan!

    • Susan Sey says:

      Ah, yes, those would be the Lemon Chalet Cremes. People have asked about those, & I actually sort of liked them, too. Though, without caramel or chocolate they’re never going to crack the top tier for me.

      We didn’t do the Thank You Berry Munches this year for some reason. Which is too bad, because people seemed to like those, too.

      If the GR gets peckish & demands Thin Mints (he’s a fan), let me know. I have lots. LOTS.

  • Mozette says:

    Wow! We don’t have GS Cookies here… we just… um,… don’t.

    But now I wish we did… 😀

    That last one looks and sound delish!

    😀

    • Susan Sey says:

      Aw, really? No Girl Scouts where you are? Well that’s a darn shame. If you ever run across the cookies, you should definitely give them a try. They’re a quintessential American experience. Even if you don’t care for them (and many don’t) it’s still worthwhile to say you’ve experienced them.

      • Mozette says:

        We have Girl Scouts – and no I wasn’t part of them as I wasn’t really an outdoorsy type of girl – and we had Brownies and all the rest – but I had never heard of them selling GS Cookies.

        Actually, I’m not sure what Girl Scouts did to raise funds – and I’m still not sure what they do here to do that. 🙁

    • Caren Crane says:

      You have exquisite taste, Mozette. Tagalongs are the best! Even an impartial cookie taster would agree with me. 🙂

  • Jane says:

    Hello Susan,
    I do love Girl Scout cookies. My favorites are the Trefoils and Thin Mints. I love anything shortbread.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Jane, you’ve covered the light/dark spectrum! Trefoils are like the perfect form of vanilla cookie, & Thin Mints are darkdarkdark. Nothing in between for you, huh? 🙂

  • Patty L. says:

    I am a Do-Si-Dos girl.ni also won’t turn down any of the others, well except to Samoas. I hate coconut. I miss the cranberry cookies they had a few years ago. They were delicious.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, the Do-Si-Dos. I really, really love those ones. They’re so hearty. They crunch like they mean it, and with the creamy PB insides….Bliss.

      Our council went with the Big Six this year–only the classics, plus that lemon one–based on prior years sales. But evidently the outcry for the cranberry ones (Thank You Berry Munch!) has been loud & outraged. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them back on the roster next year…

  • Amy Conley says:

    I’m a Thin Mint, Shortbread and Peanut Butter cookie girl myself. Can’t pick a fav because it depends on my mood.

    • Susan Sey says:

      So wise, Amy! Why limit yourself unnecessarily? Sometimes you need chocolate, sometimes you need peanut butter, sometimes nothing but an entire sleeve of trefoils will do. Not that I’ve eaten an entire sleeve of trefoils at one shot before. Noooooooo…..

  • Helen says:

    Susan

    We don’t have these here in OZ 🙁 we used to have Girl Guide Biscuits and only 2 varites that were the best I loved it when the girls had them to sell and I would always get lots I think I need to try some of these cookies 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Susan Sey says:

      If you ever see these out & about, Helen, snap them up! It’s not that they’re so wonderful, it’s just that they’re a tradition. And like many traditions, it’s not the taste, it’s the memories the taste evokes. I would be interested to know what a totally impartial taster would think of them. If you do get your hands on some, eat up & report back!

  • Shannon says:

    Short bread–lemon or plain. It’s strange that last year there wasn’t any parent hawking cookies at work. Sometimes the girls have a table at a grocery store, but not usually at 7am when I’m in to beat the lines that form Sat and Sun pm.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Don’t count out the parents hawking them at work, Shannon! Different Girl Scout councils hold their cookie seasons at different times, so ours might just be before yours. One of my Daisies (I lead the troop, god help me) has family in Chicago, which doesn’t start their selling until March. This enterprising child nailed both sets of grandparents & all her aunts & uncles. She’s a machine, & has a bright future in sales.

      • Deb says:

        I never liked how some parents took the forms to work places. One girl in my daughter’s troop sold over 800 boxes because both of her parents worked in factories with a lot of people.

        Shary was proud to sell 45 boxes; of course, Grandma bought several and Mom and Dad bought, huh, close to 15 or 20. I would never let her go to just anyone; it had to be aunts, Grandma, close friends, and close neighbors. But, then again, living in a small town, everyone is hit up for some sale event….fruit, cookies, pizza, etc.

        • Susan Sey says:

          I’m with you, Deb. I mean, on one hand, yeah, it’s great to raise money for the troop, but it’s really supposed to be about girl-led, girl-centric activities, & what’s she learning letting her folks push cookies for her?

          I walk around the neighborhood with my kids but they ring every doorbell, they do the talking & I just stand back there smiling & making sure they don’t lose the money envelope somewhere. And routinely hissing, “Say thank you. Say THANK YOU!” at them. Because they get nervous & they forget.

          But they’re learning to stay poised under pressure & to use their manners with strangers so I’m calling it a win. Even if I end up with 15 extra boxes in my freezer. Which I will.

  • Debbie says:

    I’m a samoa and tag-a-long girl. I love a couple of samoa’s with a cup of coffee in the morning (I know not the most nutritious breakfast, but I certainly feel good afterwards). The tag-a-longs I like in the afternoon with a glass of milk. Pretty bad when you have special times with your girl scout cookies, LOL.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Hey, sounds like the breakfast of champions to me, Debbie! And some of my most special moments have been just me & a cookie. 🙂 Not even kidding. I cherish dessert like some people cherish human infants, & that first bite of cookie or ice cream after the kids have gone to bed & it’s just me & a book & my treat? It’s hard to describe how good that tastes. And it’s impossible to overvalue.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Have been a big fan of thin mints for a long time. Really don’t care for any of the others.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Thin Mints are famous for inspiring just this kind of loyalty! I seem to have some weird immunity (it’s the mint + dessert thing, I think) but I understand it’s a powerful, powerful appeal. People who need their Thin Mints NEED THEIR THIN MINTS.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Thin Mints (frozen is best) and Do-Si-Dos have been my favorites since back in the day when I was that little girl selling them door to door for 50 cents a box. (the boxes and the cookies were both bigger in those days) I’ve tried the other varieties over the years but those two still top the list for me. 🙂

    • Susan Sey says:

      It really does seem like the prices keep going up & the portions keep going down, doesn’t it? We’re at $4 a box this year, which makes for nice, round math & no fussing with quarters, but it always seems like kind of a lot for two rows of cookies that I can scarf down in a single sitting.

      Not that I, ahem, do that. Often.

      But frozen thin mints? I have a mint-chocolate fiend here at home, & she might be very intrigued by this idea. I might throw a box in the freezer & surprise her after school.

    • Deb says:

      Oooh, PJ! Frozen Thin Mints are good! We discovered this when Shary was in GS and we bought, and bought, um, and bought cookies. To keep them, we put them in the freezer, and loved the way they melt in your mouth. 🙂

      • Susan Sey says:

        We have 15 boxes left but the neighborhood (and the office and church…) has been pretty well canvassed, & by multiple girl scouts. I have a feeling my freezer is going to be sitting pretty for cookies for the next little while.

        Then again, when they only give you two servings per box, they might go quick. Depends on how hungry I get.

  • Deb says:

    Oh, my goodness!! We cannot keep enough Thin Mints around our house! They are our faves. DH likes the carmel delights/samoas, but, not so much me. The new one cookies, cranberry citrus are really good, especially dipped in a cup of hot tea or hot chocolate. A friend lives in Colorado, and the GS don’t sell that kind out there, so I am sending her a package. We found out at there are 2 bakeries for GS; one for the Midwest-Eastern U.S. and one for western U.S.
    I’ll buy your left-over Thin Mints, Susan! 😉

    • Deb says:

      oops, spelled it like it sounds…caramel, Midwesterner for ya.

      • Susan Sey says:

        I always have to remind myself to put the extra A in caramel, too. Because I’m a midwestern girl myself, & feel like the pronunciation “CAR a mel” is for commercials. Normal people say carmel.

        I don’t know if our bakery is doing the Thank You Berry Munches this year. I suspect it is but our council opted to just sell the Big Six (in which they’ve included the Savannah Smiles for some reason. I preferred the Lemon Chalet Cremes–those were the lemon sandwich cookies–but I’m not in charge of these things.)

        And if you lived within driving distance, I would hand-deliver the Thin Mints! Sadly, I’ll probably end up eating them. Literally & figuratively. They aren’t my faves, but cookies are cookies & I’m no snob. I’ll eat that action.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Deb, we had the Cranberry Citrus Crisps this year and they were *very* good, especially with hot tea! Before our council switched over, we had the Thank You Berry Munch and I didn’t like them as much. :/

  • Hey – send those thin mints down here!!! I love them. Stick them in a freezer, forget about them, and then when the weather gets warmer – discover the box and eat one-half in one sitting.
    🙂

    That’s the problem with Girl Scout cookies – you just can’t eat one or two. Take the Samoas – love those as well – but they’re small and you only get like eight in a box and OMG you can’t stop popping them into your mouth. Deep Sigh. They’re the bane of many diets – that’s for sure. 🙂

    • Susan Sey says:

      This is so true, Donna–both about the delight of finding forgotten cookies in the freezer & how many of those darn things you can eat in one sitting. A friend of mine recently suggested that the Girl Scouts just call a spade a spade & starting listing the “servings per container” as 2 per box. Because, really, who gets more than 2 servings out of a box of Thin Mints?

  • Wow, Susan, as a woman who loves peppermint flavours – peppermint ice-cream, yum! – I think I should move in and eat all those mint bics. And now I’m hungry!

    • Caren Crane says:

      Thin Mints! Thin Mints! You seriously need some. Keebler now makes something that is kind of like them, but they’re not as good. That dark chocolate cookie with the minty goodness all smothered in dark chocolate? Dang, I’m going to get the rest of my box now!

  • catslady says:

    I had girls in the Scouts so I have eaten many a cookie (not counting friends and family too). The only ones I don’t like are the Samoas which seem to be a lot of peoples favorite. And like everything else, the boxes get smaller, the prices go higher and I have to question some of the ingredients too. I actually loved the trefoils the most – love shortbread. And they do switch some of them – there use to be a lemon cookie that was pretty good too.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Catslady, the lemon cookies that are PHENOMENAL are Lemonades! It’s a vanilla shortbread cookie with thick lemon icing on the bottom. My mouth is watering just thinking about them!

      • Susan Sey says:

        We have NEVER gotten the Lemonades, & it makes me tragically sad, as I have heard they’re wonderful. The closest we ever got was the Lemon Chalet Creme, which was essentially a lemon sandwich cookie. I like it better than the Savannah Smiles which we have now but I’m not too worked up about it as I’ll always have my Tag Alongs. But I would really, really love to try a Lemonade one day.

  • Caren Crane says:

    Susan, you know I did my 14 years as a GS leader, so I am IN when cookie season comes around! I’m with Catslady that my favorites are NOT Samoas (though everyone else loves them). We swtiched from Little Brownie Bakers (who make all the varieties you noted) to ABC Bakers (the *other* GS cookie official baker) a few years back. I’m still adjusting. I’ll readily admit I prefer the Little Brownie Baker cookies. I am a GS cookie snob!

    ALTHOUGH, they had one this year (whose name I don’t recall) that was the reduced-fat cookie that was really good. Just a thin vanilla biscuit but it had lemon and dried cranberries. It went really well with tea in the afternoon.

    As for Trefoils, they are BEST when eaten with peanut butter smeared on them. They just go together. I still have part of a box of Thin Mints in my pantry. Wish I had some vanilla ice cream!! And another box of Tagalongs (which they call Peanut Butter Patties at the *other* bakery – sheesh!).

  • Becke says:

    Suz,

    What happened to the lemon sandwich creams and the lemonade cookies. I really like those. Also, love plain shortbread. I understand why you have too many thin mints. Not a fan.
    b

    • Susan Sey says:

      I don’t *know* what happened to the Lemon Chalet Cremes! Those were the sandwich cookies & I actually kind of liked them! It’s a mystery, the Girl Scout council.

  • Kaelee says:

    I’m Canadian and we only have two types of Girl Guide cookies here. A thin mint type and a package with both filled chocolate and vanilla cookies in it ( Think Oreo type cookie). I love them both. Thankfully I only have to buy two boxes to get my fix of both kinds. Some years I don’t even manage to do that. I think I’d like most of the six kinds you have but I am a Cookie Monster so almost anything goes. for me.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh how I wish two boxes were enough to hold me. I think I’ll probably end up buying the last TEN & sticking them in the freezer. I’ll dole them out as lunch box treats until May. Or maybe I’ll scarf down an entire box of trefoils with peanut butter & ice cream, as Caren suggests. Only time will tell.

      But I do like the idea of a variety pack. That would be a nice way to get all my bases covered without buying a box of each.

  • Thin mints and tagalongs for me ! LOVE Girl Scout cookie time. Fortunately a number of my coworkers are GS mommas so in order to be fair I simply must buy at least one box of cookies from each one, right?

    Nothing like a cup of tea and a girl scout cookie or three!

    My SIL cracks me up because she is constantly giving my brother a hard time about buying GS cookies EVERY time he goes to Walmart. He simply cannot resist those little girls’ eager faces! As a result my SIL usually has DOZENS and DOZENS of boxes of GS cookies in the house tempting her at every turn as she is a Stay at Home Domestic Goddess and cannot get away from them. She sat down to watch her favorite program the other night and ate an entire sleeve of cookies before she knew it!

    • Susan Sey says:

      You know what? I’m a GS Mama, I’m up to my eyes in cookies, & I still buy a box from any GS who asks. I figure it’s my duty to reward a kid for plucking up the courage to approach me in the first place.

      And I have a big freezer.

      Plus, yeah, a sleeve goes quicker than you’d think.