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Jan 25, 2010 05:00 AM

Do people really (and I mean "really") like Girl Scout Cookies?

Personally, I hate them.

But me aside, do people really like Girl Scout Cookies?

I mean, seriously, they taste terrible and they're terrible for you.

If they weren't associated with the Girl Scouts would people actually go ga-ga over them and profess to things like ...

"What's a serving of Girl Scout Thin Mints? ... A whole box!"

Seriously, would people make such outlandish statements if Thin Mints were, say, associated with Starbucks?

"What's a serving of Starbucks Thin Mints? ... A whole box!"

Oh, really??

Is this simply a case of nostalgia and smart marketing?

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  1. "The Emperor has no clothes!"

    I wholeheartedly agree with you.

    1. I don't much care for the GS cookies you get in the US but here in Canada we have these ones that are half a box chocolate and half a box vanilla. Both are of the sandwich type. Chocolate cookes with chocolate cream in the middle. Vanilla cream between two vanilla cookies.

      I love those. I could eat a box at one sitting. Alas, those days are gone.


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      1. re: Davwud

        I don't like those, by Mr S does. I buy him 5 or 6 six boxes and he can eat them as slow or fast as he wants.

      2. I "really" like the peanut butter cookies - the ones that are like nutter butters - I'm always disappointed if I don't get a couple boxes, and I'm likewise disappointed if DH helps himself to "my" cookie stash. Yes, I like the taste, for whatever reason. If they were sold in the stores, I would probably buy them (just like I do nutter butters) maybe twice a year. Maybe it is nostalgia; maybe it's just that I know I can't get them at any other time. But as for the other kinds, not so much.

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        1. re: lisavf

          My husband thinks the peanut butter sandwich cookies are just about the most perfect peanut butter cookie on the planet. He buys individual packs of Nutter Butters throughout the year to dip in coffee. He would prefer the Girl Scout version. I used to be nuts about the Thin Mints, but not so much any more. I actually gave mine away last year when there was a shortage in our area. For me part of it was nostalgia (and supporting the Girl Scouts hawking them), part of it was their temporary availability. I much prefer the cookies to the nasty popcorn products the Boy Scouts hawk. The popcorn is so bad I'm unwilling to burden the Food Bank with it.

          1. re: maxie

            ok, i'm not the only one who was really annoyed by the crummy boy scouts' popcorn. i spent 50 bucks on a tin, and it was terrible, indeed! never again shall i buy the BS popcorn!

        2. I really truly do like the girl scout thin mints. I also really like the generic grocery store version which I get when GS cookies are out of season. I'd eat them no matter what they were associated with (well, ok, not if they were associated with the KKK or something!). Sure they are probably bad for you, but meh, I'm willing to make that sacrifice for my tastebuds (^-^).

          Mmmmm, thin mints right from the freezer!

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          1. re: Popkin

            Thin mints from the freezer is how thin mints were meant to be eaten. I have an almost-full sleeve of thin mints at my work desk now, and they probably won't ever be finished because the darned things aren't the same not frozen.

            To the OP: Are there better cookies? Yup. Can I make better cookies? Without even trying. Do I simply eat Girl Scout cookies because they're nostalgia food? Not even a little.

            I think they sprinkle crack on these stupid cookies (specifically thin mints and those coconut samoas/tag-a-longs/whatever they're called) because I simply can't find a reason why they taste so good to me. Regardless, because they taste good [to me], I buy the boxes and eat them (actually, I still have thin mints from last year in the freezer).

            As with all things, it's purely subjective. If you don't like them, that just means more for the rest of us. :)

            1. re: Popkin

              I love thin mints, especially straight from the freezer. I tend to eat too many at one time, so I refuse to buy the generics in order to prevent myself from binging on them.

            2. I hate Thin Mints but I have a soft spot for Samoas. I rarely eat cookies so I find these satisfying.

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                1. re: MandalayVA

                  MandalayVA--are you my long lost sibling?

                  1. re: MrsT

                    If you're a fellow Thin Mint hater, indeed!

                  2. re: MandalayVA

                    Samoas are the best ones, agreed! I truly do find them hard to resist.

                    1. re: MandalayVA

                      Either my tastes have changed (which they have in other places) or these cookies have changed over time. I used to *love* these and now they're not even my favorite GS cookie

                      1. re: jgg13

                        In my area, we can only get "Caramel DeLites". Either those are different or the recipe has changed. On their website, there is a pop-up that asks "Why are there two names?"

                        "Girl Scout Cookies are produced by two bakers."


                        EDIT: Oh man, upon further research, they ARE different - the ingredients and even the description! No wonder I don't like them as much as the Samoas. I noticed the Caramel DeLites are less flaky/crumbly and rich. Vegetable shortening is the 3rd ingredient in the DeLites whereas vegetable oil is the 2nd ingredient in the Samoas.

                        From their website:
                        Caramel DeLites - Vanilla cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and laced with chocolaty stripes

                        Samoas - Crisp cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and striped with dark chocolaty coating.

                      2. re: MandalayVA

                        Ditto on Samosa's. Too bad they only put 3 in a package. That must be it. I would never eat a whole package at a time if there were more.