Published February 04, 2011
When February rolls around, everyone becomes fascinated with Girl Scout cookies. These cookies can only be sold by registered Girl Scouts. Adults are allowed to assist their scouts in an advisory capacity, but the cookies must be sold by the girls.
You can find the troop of Girl Scouts nearest to your location by going online to www.girlscoutcookies.org. Enter your zip code and you’ll see a list of locations where Girl Scouts are selling cookies. Because the cookies are so special and the proceeds go towards helping the scouts, it’s a great idea to load up on this once a year opportunity.
Types of Girl Scout Cookies
- Samoas: These are a favorite of anyone who likes chewy, rich cookies. They are round with holes in the center and are covered in caramel, chocolate, and coconut. Samoas are one of the most beloved cookies the Girl Scouts sell.
- Trefoils: These shortbread cookies are among the most widely recognized Girl Scout cookies. They feature two silhouetted faces and are made of buttery, light crispy goodness. They contain no hydrogenated oil and include the most cookies per package of any Girl Scout cookie.
- Thin Mints: There have been imitators, but no one has mastered the art of the mint cookie the way the Girl Scouts have. These are super-thin wafers of chocolate dipped in more rich chocolate. The mint is a flavor inside the cookie. They have no trans fats and tend to get eaten up rather quickly.
- Tagalongs: Peanut butter lovers head for the Tagalongs at any Girl Scout cookie sale. These are a wafer of crisp vanilla cookie topped with peanut butter and then enrobed in chocolate.
- Do-Si-Dos: The crunchy, natural yumminess of these sandwich cookies make them very popular. They feature two oatmeal cookies with a peanut butter center. They have no artificial flavors or colors.
- Lemon Chalet Cremes: Relative newcomers to the Girl Scout lineup, lemon wafer cookies house a layer of lemon crème filling. The outer cookies have a subtle cinnamon and ginger flavor.
- Thank U Berry Munch: Also newcomers to the lineup, these cranberry cookies are tart and sweet at the same time. They also have fudge chips inside the batter and are crunchy. The name is designed to thank buyers for supporting the Girl Scouts.
- Dulce De Leche: Bringing a hint of Latino goodness to the market, the dulce de leche cookie is sweet and made with caramel chips.
These are the cookies in the lineup today. But new ones are always being added. Some old favorites disappear and then come back again to market when consumers demand they be brought back. The thin mint, trefoil, and Samoas have always been around and are here to stay. While the price of the cookies has not changed in recent years, the contents have gotten smaller. The Girl Scouts are trying to keep the price low while still providing the much sought after cookies to the public.
Nutrition information on all these cookies can be found at the www.girlscoutcookies.org. But with cookies that taste as good as these, chances are you won’t be able to stick to a single serving size anyway. If you’re going to blow your diet, it might as well be with once a year Girl Scout cookies.