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What's the big deal with Girl Scout Cookies?

Seriously, do people actually like Girl Scout Cookies?

The renowned Thin Mints taste like a glorified after-dinner mint.

The samoas are so cloyingly sweet they make my teeth ache just typing this.

And, honestly, I would rather eat a cold pat of butter on a Saltine cracker than one of those shortread cookies.

I have nothing against the Girl Scouts or the entrepreneurial spirit the cookie program tries to foster, but couldn't they find something just a wee bit more palatable to sell?

Or, is that part of the challenge? ... Learn how to successfully sell vile food products and you can succeed at anything in life?

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  1. Ok, I understand. Yes, there are better cookies but the enjoyment goes back a lifetime for many. Also, the lack of off the shelf availability makes it enticing. So, if once a year a Girl Scout or Brownie wants to push her product on me, I go for 2 boxes of Mint, 2 boxes of Samoas and 1 box of the Peanut Butter. The rest of the year it's Double Milanos and Ginger Creme Sandwich cookies for me. (Similar issue with Mallowmars only available in cooler weather--got to have them when they come out and before they mmmmelt away)

    1. here is the ingredient list from a box of samosas:

      Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, (Soybean, Cottonseed, Coconut Palm And/Or Palm Kernel Oils, Tbhq And Citric Acid To Preserve Freshness), Enriched Flour [Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine, Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid], Corn Syrup, Coconut, Sweetened Condensed Whole Milk (Whole Milk, Sucrose), Sorbitol, Contains Two Percent Or Less Of Cocoa, Glycerine, Salt, Dextrose, Invert Sugar, Cocoa Powder (Processed With Alkali), Cornstarch, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Soy Lecithin, Carrageenan, Leavening (Baking Soda, Monocalcium Phosphate).

      when i was selling girl scout cookies lots of these ingredients hadn't even been invented. they absolutely tasted different.

      btw, there is a merit badge for cookie sales.

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      1. re: hotoynoodle

        last weekend i bought a box of samoas and a box of do-si-does (sp?). samoas have always been my favorite, but this was the first time i read the ingredient list. the ingredient list for the do-si-does is much shorter and easier to pronounce, but still rather scary. thing is, the next day i ate nearly half the box of samoas while watching the oscars. maybe it is because they are seasonal, and that it's hard to say no to little girls trying to earn some dough for the troop. but they still taste good to me, maybe the way that a bag of pepperidge farms chessmen would if they were only available once a year.

        that said, i'm surprised that the girl scouts haven't taken the health aspect of their cookies more seriously. because of the popularity of these cookies, i think they have a huge opportunity to try to revise their recipes to rethink the use of transfats and, well, "invert sugar," whatever that is. a hypocrite i may be when it comes to a box of samoas, but i wouldn't want children of my own eating this stuff.

        1. re: augustiner

          I thought I just read that they're eliminating trans fats, maybe they meant next year?

          1. re: coll

            The Girl Scout website for our local area says this year NO transfats!

            1. re: Jesdamala

              the box i ate last weekend had partially hygrogenated vegetable oil listed as the second ingredient.

              1. re: augustiner

                i read something somewhere like washington post that the government says as long as its below a certain percentage like ".5%," they are allowed to say "no trans fat." i think girl scout cookies have about that amount.

          2. re: augustiner

            These are my favorites too, but I have to say, they are not as good as they used to be. Used to be chewier...more caramel...I was disappointed this year. And I'm sure you are right about the seasonal aspect...

        2. I'm with you...they are disgusting. I always thought we were just supposed to buy them to support the Girls until I worked in a place where they actually ate the cookies. After that I never worried about what I brought to potluck work lunches.

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            1. see my post above. thanks.

            2. Well, this person actually does, yes. I think Thin Mints, especially frozen taste...good. And I know that it isn't in style anymore for dessert items to be sweet, but there you go - I like my sweets...sweet. Cookies, cakes, doughnuts - I like 'em sweet.