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

ipsedixit Jan 25, 2010 05:00 AM

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?

  1. dave_c Jul 28, 2010 11:35 AM

    I'm not much of a sweets eater, but I think GS cookies are great!
    Thank goodness they're only available once a year.

    I like Thin Mints and Caramel Delites (aka Samoas).

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      SeoulQueen Jul 8, 2010 07:47 PM

      I LOVE Tagalongs and Samoas. Everyone at my company loves them too! When a co-worker brought in an order form for his daughter's troop, he was stunned by the response. Roughly 75% of the company placed an order, average of 5 boxes per order. Then several months after all the cookies had been eaten, everyone was asking him when we could order again.

      Waah! Just checked the girl scout site and I have to wait 186 days before they will sell cookies in my area!!

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        PAO Jul 7, 2010 12:07 PM

        Does anyone remember the vanilla wafers (not the current shortbreads) they used to sell when I was a Girl Scout, many decades ago? I loved those then (perhaps I wouldn't now, but I'd sure like to try some) and could never figure out why they were discontinued.

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          jujuthomas Jul 7, 2010 06:24 AM

          For me it's the memory of the way the cookies tasted, and of my sister and I delivering our orders in our red wagon. I got a couple boxes a few years ago and the thin mints left a waxy feeling film in my mouth, were not that minty and were just not that good. I think DH would still eat the samoas if I bought them, but he's much more willing to eat something for the sake of the memory, even if the flavor doesn't live up to it now!

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            anonymouse1935 Jul 7, 2010 05:10 AM

            No. Their peanut butter ripoff cookies are good, but that's it. The new cranberry cookies are disgusting.

            They're an arm twisting, guilt laden, you will buy my child's latest school project it's either this or overpriced gift wrap or horrifically bad overpriced chocolate bars take your pick now pony up your dollar a cookie donation to the GS thieves.

            Repeat, no, GS cookies are a ripoff and are bad.

            1. Sparkina Jul 7, 2010 12:03 AM

              I think GS cookies taste absolutely divine. Not very fitness friendly, but one DOES have to eat something besides celery once in a while. Me, I love me some Thin Mints -- esp out of the freezer. The Samoas are like candy, as are the Tagalongs (pb patties). Delish!

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                charmedgirl Apr 11, 2010 04:28 PM

                You started the exact same thread three years ago.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3771...

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                  electricfish Apr 11, 2010 11:23 AM

                  I guess some people really do. Personally, I don't think they're any good any more. I think the recipes and/or bakeries have changed, even the Thin Mints don't taste very good. I sort of liked the Daisy Go Rounds ("diet" cinnamon cookies), but they've discontinued those going forward.

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                    ITry Apr 7, 2010 08:25 AM

                    I don't care who sells the Samoas. I'd still buy them. As a kid, I used to love Gaucho's a retail version of the Samoas. My absolute favorite grocery store cookie (of course nothing holds a candle to what mom made ie choc. chip, oatmeal, or peanut butter).
                    So, to answer your question, "yes" I'd still "go ga-ga" over them if the GS didn't sell them.

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                      greygarious Jul 7, 2010 08:44 AM

                      Edy's ice cream (a.k.a. Dreyer's, not Breyer's) makes a limited edition ice cream, which has vanilla with Samoa cookies crumbled into it. Really good!

                    2. susancinsf Mar 21, 2010 09:19 PM

                      They don't taste terrible to me, especially not the Samosas and Thin MInts. I will admit that this year a co-worker bought 12 (!) boxes and after the first week of having a box opened and available every day, I was no longer even tempted to eat any. Definite overdose.

                      As for the fact that they are terrible for you: there are a whole lot of delicious things I wouldn't eat if that were a criteria. Indeed, GS cookies are ahead of the curve since one can only indulge once per year (unless of course you freeze them, which I've heard of some people doing. That must be more than nostalgia.)

                      and on the topic of nostalgia: no, not for me. I was a Camp Fire Girl. Now, if only I could find those mints anywhere...

                      1. jfood Mar 21, 2010 06:57 PM

                        Let's see...the half box of thin mints eaten the other night with a glass of milk says jfood is a bif YES on someone who likes them. BTW, little jfood ate 1/4 box as well.

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                          pasuga Mar 19, 2010 08:49 PM

                          In my last job I used to order 8 boxes every year from a guy in the mailroom who was selling for his daughter. I'd put them out by the fax machine in my dept. one by one and they usually vanished within an hour.

                          Not crazy about them myself, but the thin mints and coconut ones aren't bad.

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                            JustMeinIN Mar 18, 2010 07:24 AM

                            As a Girl Scout Mom, I'd have to say that people do love these cookies. Last week, I delivered a bunch to work and some lady came running across the parking lot from the office next door to ask if I had any left. At work I got the same response from those who hadn't seen the list go around. The cookies come in 8 varieties and the top sellers are the do-si-dos (peanut butter sandwich), tagalongs (peanut butter chocolate), thin mints, samoas (choc caramel coconut) and the and trefoils (shortbread). Sure there are better tasting cookies out there but these come with that childhood memory. Almost as good as a box of Grandma's

                            The other thing....is not as important as the cookies themselves but that the proceeds help these girls go to camp, field trips, etc. All the things they took out of schools but really make life worth living

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                              Al_Pal Mar 3, 2010 07:18 AM

                              I like the Samoas and Trefoils the best but I'll eat Thin Mints and Do-Si-Dos, but maybe it's just because those remind me of my childhood (although my mom sent me 2 boxes of Samoas recently and they were literally GONE in a matter of days. And no, I didn't share them with any of my roommates). Although I definitely feel like any of the newer ones they've tried to come out with (even when I was in grade school) have been pretty gross.

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                                stuck in Hartford County Mar 3, 2010 07:52 AM

                                agree! they're smaller, too. not surprising- just like everybody else now- less for more!

                              2. stuck in Hartford County Mar 3, 2010 06:45 AM

                                i only like the coconut ones, but my kids like the thin mints.

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                                  morwen Feb 28, 2010 03:53 AM

                                  Girl Scout Cookies time always forces me to channel Wednesday Addams when I'm accosted outside stores: "I dunno. Are they made from real Girl Scouts?".

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                                    Emme Feb 28, 2010 08:30 AM

                                    this makes me smile. i was "accosted" yesterday, and when i said, "no thank you," the little girl said, "well you can still make a donation." what i wanted to say in reply was, "oh really? can i? thanks!" but i said, "no i'm sorry, not today."

                                  2. DonShirer Feb 26, 2010 03:21 PM

                                    TV news tonight included this item:
                                    Little Brownie Bakers, makers of the addictive little treats, are recalling batches of Lemon Chalet Crèmes cookies. The recall was prompted by complaints that the cookies had an off-taste and odd smell.

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                                      mcf Mar 2, 2010 08:34 AM

                                      Turns out the fat in them was rancid. Bleah. My husband buys the obligatory couple of boxes at work and immediately leaves them in the employee kitchen for others to eat. The techies usually polish off any sugar bomb left there within an hour or less.

                                    2. woodleyparkhound Feb 26, 2010 06:30 AM

                                      I was absolutely CRAZY about thin mints and the peanut butter sandwich "do-se-dos" when I was a kid and a Girl Scout. I haven't eaten them in years. I mean YEARS. I never buy them as I know I would eat the whole box at one sitting and I don't need that kind of pressure. Just now, someone at work offered me a peanut butter cookie and I took it - quite willingly, I might add. I am really shocked and dismayed. First, it was about half the diameter that it used to be. Second, it was a completely different cookie. OK, I can't be positive as so much time has elapsed since I had my last one and maybe my memory built them up -- but I don't think so. They used to be a bit softer than they are now (the one I had, from a freshly opened box, tasted kind of "stale-ish" dry) and the peanut butter filling used to be much thicker and more peanut-buttery. What a colossal disappointment! On the bright side, I no longer need to feel like I'm missing something when I see them for sale.

                                      1. goodhealthgourmet Feb 22, 2010 03:36 PM

                                        we didn't have a local troop, but somehow those from neighboring towns always showed up on our doorstep! my parents used to buy several boxes, and i recall liking the Thin Mints, particularly straight out of the freezer. Samoas make me gag from the coconut so mom always kept those to herself, and i think i may have tried the shortbread once but clearly it wasn't memorable. of course when i got to college in Atlanta, my roommate introduced me to the wonder of the frozen Tagalong, and i was hooked!

                                        i haven't eaten a GS cookie in years, but something tells me that even if i could, i wouldn't enjoy it. my palate has definitely changed since then.

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                                          mcf Feb 22, 2010 03:41 PM

                                          I haven't eaten them in years, either, but I loved and had no restraint with thin mints. I held them on the roof of my mouth and sort of sucked on them til they collapsed.

                                        2. Georgia Sommers Feb 22, 2010 03:16 PM

                                          Our cookies arrived this weekend and I was sad to find that the Thin Mints seem different this year! The minty taste is not as strong, resulting in a not-such-a-big-deal cookie. Of course, I still ate the entire sleeve by the end of the night but it was disappointing.

                                          I'll keep buying the cookies because those kids are so darn happy when I do, and I'll continue to enjoy them, but I don't think they're as good as they used to be.

                                          1. Chemicalkinetics Feb 7, 2010 02:37 PM

                                            To be really really honest. I like Girl Scout cookies. I have no ga-ga feeling whatsoever with GirlScout. For one, I am not a girl, so I could care less, but they are really not that bad. Ok, they are not gourmet cookies, but they are much better than the supermarket cookies.

                                            I think it really depends what you mean by like. I like expensive foods to cheap foods. I enjoy Ruth's Chris and I love Carl's Jr and $5 Chinatown foods.

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                                              Dimwit Feb 7, 2010 02:14 PM

                                              Sadly, with all the acquisitions, GS cookies aren't anywhere as good as they used to be. Christie Brown used to make them and they were gorgeous and addictive. Unfortunately Christies is no more and their good recipes have gone the way of the dodo.
                                              Kraft has come to Canada in a big way and bought up all the commercial bakeries. Chrisites, Nabisco, Dad's and Peek Freans have disappeared and the recipes changed to a more american type. Far more icing sugar, HFCS has appeared and the sizes are smaller. Smaller, sweeter and harder.

                                              That said, I think that GS cookies are baked by Dare now, but that is the same deal, P&G instead of Kraft. Not the same great cookie at all. *Sigh*.

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                                                vafarmwife Feb 6, 2010 07:00 AM

                                                I don't like them and also think they taste stale; however, I am forced to buy them at work as with many other things like overpriced nuts, popcorn for the Boy Scouts, wrapping paper and candles for band trips. I throw the two obilgatory boxes in the breakroom and the guys hog them down as they are too cheap to buy them for themselves.

                                                1. westsidegal Feb 5, 2010 11:47 PM

                                                  i agree with you, ipsedixit.
                                                  i think they all taste horrible.
                                                  not worth the calories nor the money.
                                                  did they ever stop using partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (transfat)?

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                                                    iluvtennis Feb 6, 2010 05:04 AM

                                                    From their website:

                                                    Girl Scouts of the USA is proud that all Girl Scout cookies are "zero trans fat per serving" with the same great taste that has made them one of America's favorite treats over the years. All varieties contain less than 0.5 grams trans fat per serving, which meets or exceeds the FDA guidelines for the "zero trans fat" designation.

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                                                      goodhealthgourmet Feb 22, 2010 03:30 PM

                                                      which is a diplomatic way of saying that they still DO contain trans fat, but if you only eat one serving you can pretend they don't.

                                                  2. hotteacher1976 Feb 5, 2010 06:11 PM

                                                    To each their own.

                                                    I adore Samoas and Thin Mints (out of the freezer).

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                                                      Ellen Feb 5, 2010 04:27 PM

                                                      I still love thin mints. They're my last holdout. Especially straight from the freezer. Finally gave up on the peanut butter sandwich ones though. Once upon a time they were really really good but they taste like sawdust anymore. Never liked the rest of the lineup anyway. But who ever bought Girl Scout cookies because they were good for you?

                                                      1. decolady Feb 5, 2010 04:15 PM

                                                        In our area for a few years they sold a cookie with caramel called Juliets. I did like those, but haven't seen them in years. Used to like thin mints, but it seems the cookies changed and I haven't bought any of those in a long time.

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                                                          alkapal Feb 6, 2010 06:56 AM

                                                          named for juliet gordon low, founder of the girl scouts.

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                                                            decolady Feb 6, 2010 08:40 AM

                                                            I figured they were named for her. If I saw the Girl Scouts selling those again, I'd buy a box just to see if they are as good as I remember them being.

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                                                              alkapal Feb 6, 2010 08:56 AM

                                                              it is better that you can't taste them now. undoubtedly they would have declined in quality, and ruined your fine memories.

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                                                            spellweaver16 Mar 21, 2010 06:24 PM

                                                            Someone else who remembers Juliets! I loved those with a PASSION and was sad to see them go.

                                                          3. SweetPhyl Feb 5, 2010 10:39 AM

                                                            Where's the Trefoil love. Thin mints are good, but those dang shortbread cookies are da bomb...crispier than a Lorna Doone and they don't leave that film in your mouth. I love me the Trefoils!

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                                                              hotteacher1976 Feb 5, 2010 06:12 PM

                                                              I've come to re-appreciate them.

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                                                              KristieB Feb 4, 2010 04:11 PM

                                                              I think it is the nostalgia and the guilt factors at work here. GS cookies don't taste any better than other purchased cookies, but we would NEVER pay those prices in a regular store.

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                                                                pasuga Feb 3, 2010 06:32 PM

                                                                Yes... I'm not a big fan myself, but In my last job I used to buy 7 or 8 boxes every year from a guy in the mailroom who had a daughter who was a Girl Scout. I'd put them out by the fax machine and they disappeared so fast it was funny.

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                                                                  rohirette Feb 2, 2010 04:00 PM

                                                                  Thin Mints = no thank you.

                                                                  Lemonades = YES YES YES

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                                                                    alliedawn_98 Apr 8, 2010 09:24 AM

                                                                    I completely agree! Having lemonades in the house is too much temptation for me. Thankfully, they are almost gone now.

                                                                  2. Firegoat Jan 31, 2010 01:07 PM

                                                                    I buy a box of thin mints about every year. They aren't the best in the world. But they are good out of the freezer. It is more a tradition sort of thing with me, kind of like buying Halloween candy.
                                                                    My cat, however, loves the shortbread cookies and will spend an hour licking one to death.

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                                                                      bermudagourmetgoddess Feb 1, 2010 05:38 AM

                                                                      Hey I am with you Firegoat (BYW, love the name!)

                                                                      I was a Girl Scout and a Brownie before that and every year I will buy a couple of boxes of thin mints and freeze then, nothing better than a frozen thin mint! And at ($3.50) a box this year, I thought it was not too bad considering you are helping a great organization like the Girl Scouts!

                                                                    2. manraysky Jan 31, 2010 01:02 PM

                                                                      I like the peanut butter and chocolate ones, Tagalongs?I don't love them, but I still buy them for sentimental reasons--and because when I was a girl scout my dad's coworkers bought so many of them I had the highest sales in my troop :) I feel like I owe it all the other people who are selling them for their kids.
                                                                      (I did go door to door and sell my own, but the good men of Maxim Motors definitely pushed my sales over the top)

                                                                      1. iluvtennis Jan 31, 2010 12:54 PM

                                                                        Yeah, i doubt i would go "ga-ga" over them if they weren't from the girl scouts, but i do actually like one and only one kind of girl scout cookie...the samoas.

                                                                        1. epabella Jan 31, 2010 12:23 PM

                                                                          girls scouts here in southeast asia don't sell cookies but am crazy about thin mints and i can't have enough. same with after eight and andes. i even dug up this fine thread:

                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/284025

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                                                                            sueatmo Jan 26, 2010 04:41 PM

                                                                            People insist they do. I don't like some of them at all--too sweet, too rich. I think they used to be better, a long time ago. However, I have heard many, many people say they are utterly addictively wonderful. I do buy a few boxes from the little gs who comes to my door. But I stay with the simpler ones, and I don't buy too many. The best cookies are the ones you make yourself!

                                                                            1. EWSflash Jan 26, 2010 04:18 PM

                                                                              I really do like the filled two-layer peanut butter ones. The thin mints and trefoils have faded so much in flavor over the years I think i buy them mostly for nostalgia, but then sometimes they really fill the bill. Had a nice salad for dinner? Reward yourself with a tube of thin mints. Trefoils are still good dunked in milk.
                                                                              I don't think i'd buy them much if the same ones were sold year-round, because of said flavor reduction, but I buy them from a niece and a coworker's granddaughter, just because it's the right thing to do.

                                                                              Besides, my coworker, a 6'3'' middle-aged, good-sized, macho male, is the only "cookie mom" of his gender in Arizona and that sort of cracks me up.

                                                                              1. Cherylptw Jan 26, 2010 03:16 PM

                                                                                I LOVE the Tagalongs and the first cookie they ever made, Trefoil shortbread cookies BUT I won't buy them anymore because they're outrageously expensive and they've made the box smaller. I don't care if they are for a good cause, it's a rip-off

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                                                                                  lvanleer Jan 26, 2010 02:25 PM

                                                                                  I'm sorry however I do actually love Samoas and Thin Mints.....JMO....

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                                                                                    Avalondaughter Jan 26, 2010 11:40 AM

                                                                                    I do not like Girl Scout cookies. They're overpriced and not well made.

                                                                                    Thin mints? Meh. Samoas? Nothing but sugar. No real flavor.

                                                                                    I understand when you say, "bad for you". No cookie is good for you, but GS cookies are not even made with high quality ingredients. The boxes gets smaller and more expensive every year and I swear the quality of the cookies gets crappier.

                                                                                    No, the cookies aren't good. I don't like them. I think they're cheap tasting and I doubt many people (except for maybe those who really like Thin Mints for them being Thin Mints) would buy them if it weren't a special annual sale. It's the novelty, the rarity that makes them speical.

                                                                                    Do I like Tagalongs? Well, yeah, but I like anything with chocolate and PB. I'd much rather just buy a Reese's cup. It costs less money and it tastes better.

                                                                                    1. flylice2x Jan 25, 2010 11:58 PM

                                                                                      Samosas and Peanut butter ones are good, but it is really to raise money to help support a a good organization that teaches young girls to give back to their community.

                                                                                      1. Georgia Sommers Jan 25, 2010 08:40 PM

                                                                                        I like Thin Mints, DoSiDos with milk for dunking, and Samoas. I haven't tried the newer varieties but those oldies are goodies.
                                                                                        Just ordered 4 boxes from a scout that came to the door.

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                                                                                          adamshoe Jan 25, 2010 05:38 PM

                                                                                          "Do your cookies contain REAL girl scouts?"- Wednesday Addams. One of my fave movie lines ever! adam

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                                                                                            Passadumkeg Jan 25, 2010 06:08 PM

                                                                                            No, I like to eat a Brownie.

                                                                                          2. pikawicca Jan 25, 2010 05:27 PM

                                                                                            So, you think these are worse than other commercial cookies? At least they're for a very good cause, which is more than you can say for Oreos.

                                                                                            1. chicgail Jan 25, 2010 05:21 PM

                                                                                              I don't like any of them ... that is, except for Thin Mints. And I like Thin [Crack] Mints to the point that I don't dare bring them in the house or be around an open box. I think it's the sweet/salty thing. They're completely addictive. Eating a whole roll of them doesn't seem excessive (at the time).

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                                                                                                cookie44 Jan 25, 2010 03:33 PM

                                                                                                So my initial reaction to the subject heading was "Hellz yeah!"

                                                                                                I am not now, nor was I ever a girl scout. I dn't have any nostalgia associated with these cookies. I do enjoy supporting a good cause but would never waste my money on crap for a great cause. Samosas are wondeful and I like the peanut butter ones. Husband lives for thin mints but personally I don't care for them.

                                                                                                1. hyacinthgirl Jan 25, 2010 12:00 PM

                                                                                                  I'm sorry, but samoas are the best cookie I have ever tasted. And I HATED being in the girl scouts, so I don't think it's nostalgia.
                                                                                                  Samoas could be made by Iranian terrorists and I'd still probably have to find a way to negotiate a box or two... oh fine, ok, maybe not, but I would consider NOT buying them the greatest personal sacrifice I'd ever made.

                                                                                                  (*Note: Above exaggerated statements meant for humorous purposes. Above statement does not reflect political views of poster. Above statment does not imply that poster swaps recipes with terrorists. Do not taunt Super Happy Fun Ball.)

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                                                                                                    ivanova Jan 25, 2010 12:09 PM

                                                                                                    I never really got into Girl Scout cookies but have ordered them from time to time to support friends' kids. I liked the chocolate covered peanut butter ones the best (tag a longs?) I really didn't intend to comment on this post but hyacinthgirl, I loved your post (and disclaimer.) Extra points for the Happy Fun Ball reference.

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                                                                                                      givemecarbs Jan 25, 2010 04:32 PM

                                                                                                      Second the extra points for the Happy Fun Ball ref. :)

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                                                                                                      nvcook Jan 26, 2010 07:42 PM

                                                                                                      lol

                                                                                                    3. rockandroller1 Jan 25, 2010 11:47 AM

                                                                                                      I also had a secret love of thin mints (frozen for sure) but felt guilty eating them because of all the junk in them, hydrogenated oil, HFCS, etc.

                                                                                                      After a lot of searching I found an IDENTICAL cookie. You seriously cannot taste the difference and they are made with healthy stuff. well, as healthy as a cookie can be. I have not gone back to the scouts since!

                                                                                                      I'm pretty sure the mfgr is Back to Nature. No hydrogenated oils, no HFCS. Yep, here they are:
                                                                                                      http://theconsumerlink.com/product_de...&.

                                                                                                      They are AMAZING.

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                                                                                                        LadyCook61 Jan 25, 2010 10:41 AM

                                                                                                        I dislike them , to me it always tasted stale, Hubby likes the mint . I didn't like them back when I was a brownie and girl scout , many moons ago.

                                                                                                        1. PegS Jan 25, 2010 09:19 AM

                                                                                                          I really don't like them, but I know enough people who rhapsodize over some of them that there's obviously those who buy them for the taste as much as for supporting the Scouts.

                                                                                                          1. GoodGravy Jan 25, 2010 08:24 AM

                                                                                                            Samoas are the greatest thing ever invented by girl scouts.

                                                                                                            1. smokeandapancake Jan 25, 2010 07:59 AM

                                                                                                              of course they're terrible for you..cookies are supposed to be terrifble for you! who wants a cookie that is good for them? I thoroughly enjoy samoas and wish i could get them all year round.

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                                                                                                                givemecarbs Jan 25, 2010 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                Heh good answer smokeandpancakes. I cannot resist buying at least one box of thin mints. This year so far I'm up to three boxes. Two mints, one peanut butter. I like the fact that the girl scouts sometimes set up in unexpected places. To me, it makes the world seem a bit more magical. Like finding a treasure. I'm also learning about the businesses in my community. Most allow the girl scouts to set up inside when the weather is hideous. But there is this one drug store chain that is implacable. Apparently yesterday when a mom and her daughter tried to set up in the foyer out of the cold and rain, the manager yelled at them. My friend John has absolutely zero resistance to girl scout cookies and buys at least one box every single time we walk past where they are selling. All I can say is that I'm glad they are well-packaged. He tends to drop them a lot. I'm grateful to the girl scouts and their cookies. Don't know how I would get through the cold and rainy winter without them.

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                                                                                                                  Emme Jan 25, 2010 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                  Not sure if you have a Pavilion's or Safeway or Vons near you, but they carry a Fudgy Coconut cookie of their own generic brand, that is frighteningly close to the Samoa... It comes in a purple box, and for 2 or 2.50 a box depending upon the sales, they're cheaper than the GS's and available year-round.

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                                                                                                                    greygarious Feb 6, 2010 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                    There are supermarket versions of Thin Mints and Samoas, which came out after the GS cookies became popular so obviously yes, people really like them. If they didn't sell, the stores wouldn't be carrying them.

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                                                                                                                    16crab Jan 27, 2010 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                    I can take or leave the thin mints. The Samoas and the peanut butter ones covered in Chocolate and the peanut butter sandwich ones (they are called Dosidos and Tagalongs, but I can't remember which is which) were all my favourites growing up. But I bought boxes of them from Girl Scouts in the mall back in October and found the quality to have gone greatly downhill. And about 10 cookies in a box, I think, for $3.50.

                                                                                                                    For what it's worth, in Canada we can get a generic version of Samoas - no name brand in the yellow packaging that you would find where PC products are sold - that I find far better, taste like what I remember Samoas as. And Pirate cookies are essentially the same oatmeal/peanut butter cookie sandwiches but again, superior in taste.

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                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Feb 22, 2010 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                      the chocolate-covered PB cookies are Tagalongs, the other PB sandwiches are Dosidos.

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                                                                                                                    Cathy Jan 25, 2010 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                    I don't crave sweets and usually buy one box of the plainest ones (shortbread usually, although one year they had a Mexican Wedding Cookie type and once I got the Lemon whatever ones; all took me months to finish).

                                                                                                                    However, in San Diego, we can just give money to "Operation Thin Mint" via the local Girl Scouts and they in turn send boxes to our military overseas. I do that and am still helping the Scouts and also our Troops.

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                                                                                                                      Georgia Sommers Jan 25, 2010 08:36 PM

                                                                                                                      "Operation Thin Mint", what a great idea!

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                                                                                                                        Cathy Feb 6, 2010 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                        http://www.sdgirlscouts.org/operation...

                                                                                                                        It has been a way for me to help out without having to eat many cookies.

                                                                                                                    2. MandalayVA Jan 25, 2010 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                        krisrishere Jan 25, 2010 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                        Ditto on the Samoas

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                                                                                                                          otps Jan 25, 2010 07:12 PM

                                                                                                                          Samoas are my favorite.

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                                                                                                                            nvcook Jan 26, 2010 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                            Ditto on the samoas

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                                                                                                                          MrsT Jan 25, 2010 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                          MandalayVA--are you my long lost sibling?

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                                                                                                                            MandalayVA Jan 26, 2010 12:45 PM

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

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                                                                                                                            wildehare Jan 26, 2010 03:19 PM

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

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                                                                                                                              jgg13 Feb 1, 2010 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                              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

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                                                                                                                                al b. darned Feb 5, 2010 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                              2. Popkin Jan 25, 2010 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                  Ali Jan 25, 2010 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                  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. :)

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                                                                                                                                    queencru Jan 25, 2010 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                    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. lisavf Jan 25, 2010 05:18 AM

                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                      maxie Jan 25, 2010 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                        alkapal Jan 26, 2010 04:28 AM

                                                                                                                                        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. Davwud Jan 25, 2010 05:16 AM

                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                        Sooeygun Jan 25, 2010 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                        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. Ernie Diamond Jan 25, 2010 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                        "The Emperor has no clothes!"

                                                                                                                                        I wholeheartedly agree with you.

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