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amanda3571 Mar 4, 2008 11:44 AM

Ok I love them. I ate at least a half a box of tagalongs yesterday, with a side of thin mints. Co-workers daughter sells em every year. And yes in case you were wondering, I felt absolutely gross after I ate all that junk yesterday. There are still a few boxes of them in our kitchen though.

So today, let's try new Sugar Free Chocolate Chip cookies. Oooh wow! These aren't half bad. They're pretty small, & 3 cookies have 8 grams of fat. I reach in for a second cookie, when my director looks at me and says "don't eat too many of those - they have a laxative effect".

Um, what?

In teeny print on the side of the box it says "Excess Consumption May Cause Laxative Effects".

Those little brats! (I know, not the girls faults) But for people who love GS cookies, it's always about excess consumption!

I feel like I've been duped and just ate a bag of WOW chips without knowing.

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  1. notmartha Mar 4, 2008 11:58 AM

    I thought the SF Chocolate Chip cookies were yucky and not worth the calories. After one sample I gave the entire box away. The lemon chalet cremes were very good, however.

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    1. re: notmartha
      amanda3571 Mar 4, 2008 12:02 PM

      For sugar free, I thought they were just fine. But all I see are evil little girl scouts dancing around in my head now.

      (Before anyone gets offended by that - let it be known I was once a girl scout, and yes I know they're not inherently evil :)

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        CookforFun Mar 10, 2008 07:57 AM

        Oh man I almost ate an entire box on lemon chalets in one sitting. I made myself feel a little better about it by convincing myself the box was smaller than the thin mints or the peanut butter sandwiches :)

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        swsidejim Mar 4, 2008 12:08 PM

        hate the cookies, I still think I have a couple of unopened boxes from last year, but love the cause, and helping my nieces.

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          ktmoomau Mar 4, 2008 12:13 PM

          If you buy Samoas I will take them off your hands in the future. Ooh I love them.

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            swsidejim Mar 4, 2008 12:42 PM

            Ill keep you in mind. Typically I tell the nieces "one box of each".

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            Smileelisa Apr 4, 2008 07:59 AM

            I agree with swsidejim...I hate girl scout cookies but my husband loves them so we do help out the girlscouts.

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              Avalondaughter Apr 8, 2008 12:33 PM

              I hate them too. They're cheap tasting, full of crappy ingredients, and overpriced for what you get.

              But I had to sell them once too and i know what the pressure is like so I can never say no to those little faces!

          3. jfood Mar 4, 2008 12:16 PM

            Jfood views GSC as either single or 2-serving containers. If not why did they not wrap them in 5-cookie cellophane like they used to.

            jfood stays with the old stand-bys, the thin mints, tagalogs and do-si-dos (if those are the correct names for the mints, short breads and peanut butters). He hides them in his car and eats a sleeve to/from work. If he brings them into the house two things happen. They disappear without jfood eating them - bad event 1. Then the other jfoods yell at him for bringing them in the house - bad event 2. Different thread obviously.

            Are they the best cookie, nope. But there are very few cookies that jfood would classify as bad. Jfood enjoys them for what they are and smiles that he is helping the greenie-girls.

            But jfood always thinks of his family and leaves them in the car and eats them while driving. :-))

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              notmartha Mar 4, 2008 12:37 PM

              Is it my imagination or the number of cookies per box seems to be less? I still have boxes from last year that I discovered in a recent cupboard cleaning. I like buying them, and I loved a couple of the varieties but can't afford the calories/carbs of eating more than 1 cookie a day.

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                manraysky Mar 4, 2008 02:15 PM

                I thought the same thing. I didn't know if I should be relieved or disappointed. I want more more more, but the tempation of having them in the house is kind of hard.

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                charlesbois Mar 4, 2008 12:41 PM

                Yes, I believe the "sleeve" is the actual serving size of many of the GSCs. Not that patently false claptrap of 2 cookies per serving printed on the box.

                A sleeve of thin mints and milk to wash it down for dinner most likely tonight.

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                  ESNY Mar 4, 2008 01:34 PM

                  Agree completely on the 2 servings per box of thin mints and the single serving box of tagalongs. Although I have to disagree with jfood in leaving them in the car. If they are in the car, they obviously cannot be eaten straight out of the freezer, the way they were meant to be eaten...

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                    jfood Mar 4, 2008 01:36 PM

                    "Oh Crap." - Frank Barrone

                    Jfood will have to hide some in the downstairs freezer. Forgot about that tid-bit.

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                      MeAndroo Mar 5, 2008 06:39 AM

                      Out of the freezer is the only way to go. I love making mini ice cream sandwiches ala Diddy Riese with thin mints...though occasionally I'll mix in a tagalong.

                      I used to have a problem with the shortbread ones. A PROBLEM. I could mow through a box in an afternoon. Or two. I've had to go cold turkey, but man...I miss them -sniff-

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                        mrsjenpeters Mar 28, 2008 07:33 AM

                        i liked the shortbread ones ages ago, when they had coarse sugar on them. couldn't resist them either. but they've changed, no coarse sugar and taste different to me.

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                    jeanmarieok Mar 5, 2008 11:28 PM

                    The shortbread cookies are trefoils, I think. I only know this because the only 3 kinds I buy are thin mints, tagalongs (the peanut butter ones) and trefoils (the shortbreads).

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                      geekyfoodie Mar 9, 2008 10:33 AM

                      Ah, to bring more specificity to clarifying cookie names... the Tagalongs are peanut butter-chocolate patties, while the Do-si-dos are the peanut butter sandwich cookies, like Nutter Butters.

                      Since I've inhaled boxes of each in one sitting, back in the day where my metabolism still allowed it, I've become quite familiar with the names. :)

                      I like the Lemon Chalet Cremes... I was convinced they tasted like Lysol at first, but they grew on me.

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                        amethiste Mar 9, 2008 12:46 PM

                        I thought they had a bit of an "off" taste but could not put my finger on a description. Maybe slightly Mr Clean like?

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                          geekyfoodie Mar 9, 2008 12:48 PM

                          Yes, something about the flavor screamed "cleaning product!!" at first. After I had two more, I was hooked. The flavor seemed to mellow as I ate more than one, but then again, maybe I like artificial lemon flavoring. :)

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                          mrsjenpeters Mar 28, 2008 07:34 AM

                          are the lemon chalet cremes the new lemon ones - big shortbread cookies with lemon icing on one side? those were new this year and while i wasn't a big fan at first either, once i tried them with my morning cup of earl grey, i was hooked.

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                            geekyfoodie Mar 28, 2008 08:17 AM

                            Yup, those are it. They do taste awesome with tea or coffee. My boss falls prey easily to the Girl Scouts, so we've had boxes upon boxes of cookies at work. Not easy on the willpower!

                    2. nofunlatte Mar 4, 2008 12:46 PM

                      I bought 3 boxes of the Thin Mints the other day. Rather enterprising Girl Scout at the supermarket--she'd placed a sign reading "don't forget your Girl Scout Cookies" at the end of the express line. I don't usually eat those, but I do make a Thin Mint ice cream, so I can get through the spring and summer with these. I also bought the Trefoils for dessert garnishes.

                      I'd love some feedback on the Lemon Chalets. I also make a tasty lemon ice cream and those might be a nice garnish for that.

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                      1. re: nofunlatte
                        rockandroller1 Mar 4, 2008 12:50 PM

                        Not only are there less per box, I think they've changed them. Cheapened the ingredients or something because almost all the boxes I bought last year never were finished. They just didn't taste good. This is the first year ever that I haven't bought any.

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                          cackalackie Mar 5, 2008 07:43 AM

                          Maybe the elimination of trans fats affected the taste?

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                            anzu Mar 7, 2008 10:56 AM

                            Actually, that is a huge myth. They list the transfats as being "0", but then you look at the ingredients, and for several of the cookies, it's like the second or third ingredient. (Partially hydrogenated oils, that is.) So I have a big problem with this "0" transfats, which is obviously a lie. I know that the food industry gets to round down for anything under .5 grams, which means that over a box, one can easily consume several grams of transfats. If I can round my GPA the way the food industry rounds down transfat grams, I'd have a 4.0 GPA in college.

                            Anyway, I'll probably be accused of being a curmudgeon, but as much as I'd like to support the GS, I have not bought any boxes since the whole transfat thing. I know it wouldn't kill me to eat a few grams, but I probably already inadvertently consume enough anyway, so this way, I keep it to low levels. (And as someone mentioned, the GS gets only 75 cents per box.)

                            I did used to like Thin Mints, though, so I hope they come up w/ a version that doesn't have partially hydrogenated oils as the second (or third?) ingredient.

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                            swissgirl Mar 6, 2008 11:31 AM

                            And at $3.50 a box, not worth the price, especially for fewer cookies per box. I know it's for a good cause and all but I wonder if the GS gets more percentage profit per box when the price increases.

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                              chocolatstiletto Mar 6, 2008 12:33 PM

                              We don't. You can ask the troop for a local breakdown- it varies by council- and it's interesting to see how little goes directly to the troop (10 cents in Washington D.C. per box a couple of years ago.) The overhead of the Girl Scout organization (including financial aide, summer programs, tutoring, funding for science programs, etc.) gets a fair percent but honestly, just given the cost of transportation and the rising costs of food lately, it's no surprise that the costs keep going up. (And that the Girl Scouts themselves have more costs, and so become more dependent on fund raising, and the horrible cycle!)

                              oops, you can probably tell I'm a lifetime member. And a lifetime Samoa addict.

                              (my favorite way? slice bananas lengthwise and stick in freezer. take ziploc, add cookies, apply mallet. go crazy. pour that magic shell turtle stuff- or melted valhrona chocolate if you wanted to be fancy- on top and liberally sprinkle with crushed bits of deliciousness. stick in the freezer to harden and then enjoy. Oh, to be in third grade again!)

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                                chelleyd01 Mar 6, 2008 01:21 PM

                                the troops get .75 per box this year. Thats it. Frustrating considering to get a $200 iPod, my kid had to sell 2000 boxes of cookies at 4 bucks a crack, plus shipping to Ohio.

                                So much easier just to buy a couple boxes, the iPod for her birthday and make a $100.00 donation to her Troop for the trip they are taking to CA.

                                Next year, my friends...next year!

                          3. re: nofunlatte
                            notmartha Mar 4, 2008 12:59 PM

                            I liked the lemon chalets. The filling is tart enough (not just sickly sweet), and the outside wafers have a nice crunch - kind of like shortbread, but not buttery. I think that will be good crumbled over a tart lemon ice cream.

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                              nofunlatte Mar 4, 2008 01:24 PM

                              Thanks, notmartha. I think the next little Girl Scout I see at the supermarket will be selling me a box of them!

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                                notmartha Mar 4, 2008 02:25 PM

                                Thanks for the idea. I think I'll have to try one crumbled/mixed in with plain old vanilla ice cream...

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                            Erika L Mar 4, 2008 01:09 PM

                            Each local council chooses which cookies to offer and what commercial bakery will produce them. There are standards that you'll find everywhere--Thin Mints--and others that either change names (Tagalongs and Samoas are pretty much the same cookie) and others that only certain councils will pick up.

                            So this is why the same cookie (say, shortbread) can taste diff, depending on where you buy them (as in, which council, not which scout sold them to you). I used to live in one council area and work in another, so I bought cookies from both and made this discovery. I did side-by-side taste tests of Thin Mints, shortbread, and peanut butter sandwiches...all in the name of science, of course. All bakeries are supposed to use the same recipes (which I'm guessing are copyrighted by Girl Scouts) but they do turn out a bit diff.

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                              nofunlatte Mar 4, 2008 01:28 PM

                              Is this regional? I think Tagalongs in my area are the chocolate-covered peanut butter patties with the crisp cookie underneath the peanut butter, whereas Samoas are the ones with caramel striping and the hole in the middle. I'm in the midwest.

                              Edit: BTW, as a scientist, I am very impressed with your empirical research. I wonder if there's a grant in that!

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                                ESNY Mar 4, 2008 01:36 PM

                                Thats what tagalongs and samoas are in NY and NJ. Always buy the tagalongs but a samoa will never grace my apartment. Ruin a perfectly good cookie by having coconut on it.

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                                  Suzy Q Mar 4, 2008 01:47 PM

                                  If memory serves, there are only two officially licensed bakeries that can produce Girl Scout cookies. Each bakery "owns" particular names. Back in the Dark Ages when I was a Girl Scout, the peanut butter sandwiches were called "Peanut Butter Sandwiches", the shortbreads were called "Shortbread", and the thin mints were called...well..."Thin Mints". :-) I've seen nothing but Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Trefoils, and the like around here until this year, when the local GS council bought cookies from a new bakery - and now we're back to the old names that I grew up with.

                                  Amusingly enough, "Thin Mint" is the only name that they weren't able to copyright, so both of the bakeries use that name.

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                                    manraysky Mar 4, 2008 02:24 PM

                                    The Wiki article about Girl Scout Cookies gives some info about the types made.
                                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_Sco...

                                    It mentions that Samosas are also called Caramel DeLites, depening on who makes them, and Tagalongs are also called Peanut Butter Patties.

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                                      Erika L Mar 4, 2008 05:14 PM

                                      My bad, I clearly need to do more research on all the types and names of cookies sold by diff councils!!

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                                        danhole Mar 5, 2008 06:55 AM

                                        Thanks for that link! I thought I was losing my mind because I had never heard of Tagalongs, Samosas, Do-Si-Dos, or Trefoils! In our area they are called what they are - Shortbread, peanut butter patties, caramel delights, etc.

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                                    fern Mar 4, 2008 01:49 PM

                                    I look forward to them but have no control and always end up feeling poisoned after my splurge. No kidding, I don't know what's in there but I actually feel sick after a binge. Thin mints and Do-Si-Dos are my favorites, with Trefoils next. Thank goodness they are only once a year.
                                    Yep, Thin Mints are best out of the freezer, Do-Si-Dos need milk for dunking.

                                    1. chelleyd01 Mar 4, 2008 05:11 PM

                                      Here is the scoop on the GS racket...take it from a really great Godmother that loves her Godchild so much that she sold 330 boxes of cookies to Ohio-ans when said Godchild lives in ARIZONA and is about to hock up 225 bucks in shipping.

                                      Only 2 bakeries can produce cookies for the scouts.
                                      Every region is different...say Ohio got the Cinna-Spins 100 calorie packs but Ohio did not get the Sugar Free Chocolate Chip although AZ did.
                                      Price is different by region. OH is 3.50, AZ is 4.00.
                                      The cookie count per box has reduced drastically.
                                      They stupid names like Tagalongs and Do-Si-Does are everywhere instead of the old tried and true Caramel Delights and Shortbreads.
                                      GS Cookies freeze sickeningly well.
                                      The troop only gets .75 for each box of cookies sold.
                                      Next year, I am just making a cash donation!

                                      p.s. In the months of Feb/March, it is perfectly acceptable to eat an entire sleeve of Thin Mints for dinner. April and May only half a sleeve is acceptable.

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                                      1. re: chelleyd01
                                        Cheflambo Mar 4, 2008 06:27 PM

                                        I was restrained in my purchase on Friday - 1 box each of Peanutbutter sandwich and chocolate thin mints. The PB cookies are already gone, and I buried the Thin Mints deep in the freezer, but can hear them calling me.

                                        I always thought they put crack in these cookies -- but thanks to the OP's notation on "laxative effects" now I know what's REALLY in them!

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                                          notmartha Mar 4, 2008 07:38 PM

                                          The laxative effects are only on the sugar free cookies because they used a sugar substitute. I never had that problem, but then I don't eat an entire box of sugar free cookies, or a whole bar of sugar free chocolates or a pint of sugar free ice cream.

                                          chelleyd01, are you the godmother? If so, my hats off to you!

                                          The GSC are $4 a box in California, for a count of 14 for the lemon cremes.

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                                            Honeychan Mar 4, 2008 07:50 PM

                                            Here in Vegas, I paid $3.50 a box. 8 boxes of Carmel De-Lites (still called that here!) and 2 of the new Cinna-Spins. Those new ones are yummy! Small, but addictive. Plus, they make a good doggie-treat, as they don't have any chocolate in them. (sugar aside, I know they aren't -meant- for dogs) I love 'em, and my dogs go wacko when I open a package.*LOL*

                                            The Carmel De-Lights? My hubby each year..He tries to be good. He used to order a full case of 12, and has slowly cut back to 8 this year. So far, he's thru 2 boxes, now on the third- and we haven't had them a week! I will say, this year's boxes of Carmel De-Lights are FANTASTIC! Very fresh, and taste alot better than last years, which I agree wasen't that good.

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                                              chelleyd01 Mar 5, 2008 12:05 PM

                                              Ahhh, yes notmartha, that is I. The proverbial "best Godmother in the whole wide world". They should change to name to Patron Saint Spoiler. I love my kid, what can I say? She's the half pint of love in my avatar!

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                                                Cheflambo Mar 6, 2008 12:09 PM

                                                Oh. I realize its only in the sugar free cookies.

                                                They were $3.75/box here in Houston, but they gave me a deal and I got 2/$7. Its not about the per cookie value, but I like the notion of the girls learning about the process. (Do they NOT go door-to-door any more? The last few years Ive only been able to buy them from a table set up in front of the supermarket, or ordering from my cousin's kid). However, when they get to $5 a box (and some day, they will) I might have to reassess my thin mint addiction.

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                                                  LindaWhit Mar 6, 2008 12:15 PM

                                                  $4.00 a box in the Boston area, and I was incredibly good this year - just ONE box of Thin Mints. And I still have one sleeve left.

                                                  And no - GS's haven't gone door-to-door in years. Safety factors, I assume.

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                                                    chelleyd01 Mar 6, 2008 01:18 PM

                                                    They do go door to door but they are only permitted to do that in their surrounding neighbors and a parent or adult MUST accompany them.

                                                    Unless you have a scout as a neighbor, you are more likely to get hit up outside a walmart or at work.

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                                                      LindaWhit Mar 6, 2008 03:43 PM

                                                      Ahhh, didn't realize the door-to-door was still happening. Not in my neighborhood for 10-15 years, at least.

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                                                    Erika L Mar 6, 2008 12:29 PM

                                                    Way back in the day when I was a little green cookie pusher (Johnson administration, shhhhh...), the younger girls (brownies andn juniors) went door to door and the older ones (cadettes and seniors) staked out grocery stores, banks, etc. We thought it was funny to ask, "Would you like to buy a box of girl scouts, cookie?" Nowadays, all girls both take advance orders and also have tables in strategic locations. Yes, it's a safety/liability issue, also a matter of being able to tote enough stock.

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                                                      fern Mar 6, 2008 03:06 PM

                                                      Erika, that is so funny. we never thought of that and just played it straight. how boring!

                                                    2. re: Cheflambo
                                                      danhole Mar 28, 2008 07:19 AM

                                                      Chef, you were a target of marketing! I got some at Home Depot and they were $3.50, regardless of whether you bought one box, or more.

                                                      Now how can I smash up those thin mints to mix into my Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice cream? Freeze them first?

                                                      My grandsons' school was selling some food stuffs, and on the order form it specifically stated NOT to go door to door. Only sell to people you or your parents know, for safety issues.

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                                                        Cheflambo Mar 28, 2008 07:26 AM

                                                        Danhole - I got mine at the Kroger on 43rd & Ella. I wonder if they're still around? I fell prey to those Thin Mints and their siren song ... they're gone now and I want MORE!

                                                        I can certainly understand the safety issues vis-a-vis little girls selling door to door. Its not 1965 any more.....

                                                        1. re: Cheflambo
                                                          danhole Mar 28, 2008 08:16 AM

                                                          They were there on Wed. early evening, around 6pm.

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                                                            Cheflambo Mar 28, 2008 08:28 AM

                                                            Thanks Danhole - you are now officially my enabler!

                                                    3. re: notmartha
                                                      Craterellus Mar 7, 2008 01:28 PM

                                                      They're $3.50/box from our Konocti Council daughters.

                                                2. FoodieKat Mar 4, 2008 07:53 PM

                                                  I bought the caramel delights (Samosas) and the Cinna-spins. Cinna-spins were just ok, not enough cinnamon or buttery flavor for my liking, but the Samosas were just as good as ever - yummy. I always used to like the Tagalongs too (the peanut butter chocolate-covered cookies), but tried these recently at my parent's and didn't really like them at all. The chocolate tasted cheap and waxy compared to how I remember it.

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                                                    justagthing Mar 5, 2008 05:57 AM

                                                    The last time I bought Tagalongs, I felt the same way as you. It just didn't seem as good, left a waxy feeling in my mouth from the chocolate. Samosas are my favorite, but I have learned to control myself.

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                                                      FoodieKat Mar 5, 2008 11:42 AM

                                                      Oh good, glad I'm not the only one. Guess they must've changed their recipe. Or more likely their chocolate.

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                                                      geekyfoodie Mar 9, 2008 10:38 AM

                                                      Are Cinna-spins the darker shortbread cookie with the chocolate bottom? Two of our higher-ups brought Girl Scout cookies and bagels. One was holding that particular cookie, sized up the cream cheese for the bagels, and plopped a dollop on the cookie. Didn't look appetizing, but he liked it.

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                                                      Oh Robin Mar 5, 2008 12:10 PM

                                                      $4.00 a box and worth every penny

                                                      The classic: Thin Mints, frozen of course... you must leave them in the freezer and eat them standing up in shame.

                                                      The newbie: Lemonades, round circles of shortbready/waxylemon goodness... best eaten with hot Tazo "Awake" tea, two equals, dash of 1% milk.

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                                                        tinymango Mar 6, 2008 10:43 AM

                                                        one of our very good customers is the head of the local girlscout troop so we let them sell them outside of our cafe, and i end up buying about 15 boxes over the course of the season. blah. i love them.

                                                        samoas, thin mints, and dosidos are by far my favourites. yes, from the freezer. if i could subsist entirely on girlscout cookies. i most certainly would. samoas... are my personal paradise.

                                                        i would love to hear a good recipe using samoas as some sort of crust for a dessert, but who knows if they would even make it that long for me to cook something with them. *sigh*

                                                        1. cremebrulee Mar 6, 2008 11:11 AM

                                                          You're hilarious!
                                                          It's all about the Somoas for me and I won't stop eating them until there all gone.
                                                          It's a serious problem for me during the cookie season. :)

                                                          1. hotteacher1976 Mar 6, 2008 03:49 PM

                                                            I stalk the GS each year for my cookies. My faves are Samoas and Thin Mints. I'm running low, so I have to perk up my stash soon!

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                                                              Brisbane Mar 7, 2008 11:07 AM

                                                              I have not seen one little girl scout yet...I would like to buy a few boxes just to support them plus I really like the Samoas. I would stay away from those Sugar Free, laxative cookies-could be dangerous.

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                                                                Taralli Mar 7, 2008 11:22 AM

                                                                Sorbitol will do that to you.

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                                                                  Kinnexa Mar 8, 2008 11:55 AM

                                                                  It's always a letdown after I placate the co-workers and wait, wait, wait for what turns out to be a tiny box of so-so cookies at an inflated price. 'Way back when my big sisters were selling GS cookies, they seemed delicious...now I never know what I'm getting with all the name changes and such, and I don't really enjoy them. And low-fat/sugar free Girl Scout cookies? You've got to be kidding. Doesn't surprise me that they have 'laxative effects'.

                                                                  No thanks, little girl...I'll pass. :(

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                                                                    emily Mar 8, 2008 02:56 PM

                                                                    Yeah, I finally gave up on GS cookies. I kept buying them for nostalgia's sake, but as I'd finish off a whole box of cookies in my office, I kept thinking that I would have rather spent the calories elsewhere. Not sure if the cookies were better back when I was selling them or if my tastes have changed...

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                                                                      spellweaver16 Mar 8, 2008 11:31 PM

                                                                      I think they really have changed. I was a Girl Scout for several years, went without GS cookies for several more, and had them again. Definitely a change. Smaller, fewer to a box, but higher prices. I do still buy them, since it's a once-a-year splurge for a good cause. There are a lot of troops who really do need the funds, since a lot of the time they're covering dues and costs for girls who wouldn't normally be able to join because of financial issues. Fund raisers mean that all the girls can participate equally, and cookie sales is their biggest.

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                                                                      nliedel Mar 9, 2008 07:35 AM

                                                                      I suspect our palates have changed since we were little. I used to really love things I don't like now. I thought things had changed, but the more I think about it, I'm the one who has changed :)

                                                                  2. nliedel Mar 9, 2008 07:33 AM

                                                                    Everything in moderation for me. I have never found a sugar free cookie I like, so I try to have fewer GS cookies and enjoy my bites. Which was hard before the kids came along, cause they've neer met a Girl Scout cookie they won't scarf down.

                                                                    I love my Thin Mints. I almost mugged the Girl Scouts at my local grocery store yesterday. I was thrilled to see them. All boys here.

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                                                                      lesliedm3 Mar 9, 2008 08:13 AM

                                                                      Every year I wonder who had the brilliant idea that the cookies should arrive during Lent. It's impossible to save them until after Easter!!

                                                                      1. ktmoomau Mar 9, 2008 11:23 AM

                                                                        What I really think is cruel is that I try to abide by the serving size of 2 cookies, I do this with most all cookies, but there is an uneven number in a package of samoas, there are 5 in each sleeve and 3 sleeves... so therefore I have one serving of only one cookie which is obviously not enough or I eat three cookies which I try to avoid doing, or I have to buy two boxes to get an even number which means I eat them all since Fiance doesn't like coconut. Really I mean if the serving size is two can't they have an even number?

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                                                                          someyoungguyy Mar 9, 2008 01:41 PM

                                                                          http://store.campfireusa.org/Product/...

                                                                          GSC can't hold a candle to the CampFire Girls.... their thin mints ROCK!!!:)

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                                                                            nliedel Mar 10, 2008 04:44 AM

                                                                            Except the CFG mints are mint candies, and GSC's are cookies. Different food groups.

                                                                          2. SweetPea Mar 9, 2008 01:54 PM

                                                                            I bought some from the office helper and I see her notice one of the boxes in the trash the next day. She looks at me and I just smile and say, "well I had some help." hee hee

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                                                                              thecountryrose Mar 27, 2008 09:26 AM

                                                                              Thin mints all the way, then Lemon Chalets. I used to be a Girl Scout Leader and always felt sorry for the girls if we didnt make quota, so being a good girl scout, I would buy the difference so we could have our party. Then in the freezer they would go. Well, I havent been a leader now for about 15 yrs now, and found some still in the freezer. We have a chest type freezer and they were all they way in the bottom. What a waste. Didn't look to good. Wonder if they would be worth some money some day?

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                                                                                MrsT Mar 29, 2008 08:38 PM

                                                                                Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies??? I ordered mine in NJ. I feel gypped! we only had The Cinnamon Swirls available as a low-cal option. I would have loved to try them. The cinnamon swirls come in 100 calorie pack and I have to admit are pretty good.. For whatever reason they don't have the traditional names of the cookies. Samoas are "caramel delights", Trefoils are "short bread cookies",Tagalongs are "peanut butter patties". I almost ate a whole box of Samoas tonight. I left just 1 row.

                                                                                Those little girls really are a bunch of witches...and I am completely under their spell.

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                                                                                  jeanmarieok Apr 4, 2008 08:27 AM

                                                                                  those sugar free chocolate chip cookies takes like card board - they are terrible - no one in my house will eat them!!! I like Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and Samoas. I would have liked to try the Cinnamon lowfat cookies, but they weren't offered this year.

                                                                                  I won't buy the chocolate chip cookies again - even my 17 year old who is part vaccuum cleaner thought they were terrible.

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                                                                                    pengcast Apr 6, 2008 08:05 AM

                                                                                    When I was in Brownies (the Canadian and English version of Girl Scouts) my group leader misread the order form and instead of ordering 10 boxes of cookies per family she orderd 10 cartons (of I think 40 boxes). We lived in a remote area so paying the cost of shipping the extra cookies back was prohibitive. So whenever I hear stories of selling cookies I think of how many Saturdays and Sundays of my 8th yeaar I spent in my uniform flogging those cookies. I don't think there was a gathering of 25 people or more that we did not hit.

                                                                                    But fast forward 25 years and my co-worker comes in with cookies and I couldn't resist. But the cookies now are much better.

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                                                                                      justagthing Apr 6, 2008 08:16 AM

                                                                                      We use to have Brownies here in the US, it was for younger girls, IIRC.

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                                                                                        lvanleer Apr 8, 2008 08:52 AM

                                                                                        Brownies are still a level in Girl Scouts in the US however now they're grades 2 and 3 and Daisy Scouts are Kindergarten and 1st grades....so Brownies haven't disappeared from the US.

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                                                                                          justagthing Apr 8, 2008 01:42 PM

                                                                                          That's what I thought, but didn't know about Daisies. That's cute. So I am wondering if Brownies in Canada and the UK are a division of the same here in the US? Don't they sell something other than cookies for their fundraiser, I am thinking nuts?

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                                                                                            SouthernFoodie08 Apr 8, 2008 05:41 PM

                                                                                            waaaay back in the day, SouthermFoodie was a girl scout (like her older sister) and sold cookies. Back then we had. . if I am not mistaken, Scotties? Basically the trefoil with sugar on top. They were DELICIOUS!!! Those and the original Thin Mints were always sold out. . .Ah. . .memories. . .

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