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Regarding Girl Scout Cookies

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. 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

      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 :)

      1. re: notmartha

        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 :)

      2. 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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        1. re: swsidejim

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

          1. re: ktmoomau

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

          2. re: swsidejim

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

            1. re: Smileelisa

              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 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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            1. re: jfood

              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.

              1. re: notmartha

                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.

              2. re: jfood

                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.

                1. re: charlesbois

                  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...

                  1. re: ESNY

                    "Oh Crap." - Frank Barrone

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

                    1. re: ESNY

                      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-

                      1. re: MeAndroo

                        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.

                  2. re: jfood

                    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).

                    1. re: jeanmarieok

                      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.

                      1. re: geekyfoodie

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

                        1. re: amethiste

                          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. :)

                        2. re: geekyfoodie

                          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.

                          1. re: mrsjenpeters

                            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. 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

                        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.

                        1. re: rockandroller1

                          Maybe the elimination of trans fats affected the taste?

                          1. re: cackalackie

                            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.

                          2. re: rockandroller1

                            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.

                            1. re: swissgirl

                              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!)

                              1. re: chocolatstiletto

                                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

                            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.

                            1. re: notmartha

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

                              1. re: nofunlatte

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

                          4. 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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                            1. re: Erika L

                              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!

                              1. re: nofunlatte

                                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.

                                1. re: nofunlatte

                                  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.

                                  1. re: nofunlatte

                                    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.

                                    1. re: manraysky

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

                                      1. re: manraysky

                                        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.