Girl Scout Cookie season is upon us
blog by S.J. Velasquez • October 04, 2011 @ 8:18am
Remember the old days when Girl Scouts would walk up to your door with an order form and list of cookie descriptions? Well, that was simply dangerous and irresponsible parenting.
Now, you have to dig a little to find a Girl Scout to sell you boxes of the Thin Mints. Don’t worry—there’s an app for that. No, seriously. Not only can you use the Girl Scout Cookies website to get in touch with a cookie seller, you can actually download a free application on your iPhone that will produce a list of nearby Girl Scout Cookie vendors.
The official sale of Girl Scout Cookies in Western New York began Saturday and will last just about two months, so time’s limited. Boxes of cookies are $3.50, and approximately $0.55 per box goes to the troupe, depending on the total number of boxes sold.
Now, get ready to be totally confused when you place your order this year. The Girl Scouts sneakily changed the names of many popular cookie varieties without really taking the time to explain that to devoted customers who will be asking for Samoas and Tag-A-Longs. Luckily, I have younger female cousins who are in the know. My cousin Clare explained in an email:
Thanks-a-Lot: shortbread cookies dipped in fudge.
Shout Outs!: caramelized cookies.
Lemonades: shortbread cookies with lemon icing.
Shortbread: the traditional shortbread cookies.
Thin Mints: chocolate wafers dipped in chocolate with a burst of peppermint.
Peanut Butter Patties: vanilla cookies with a coat of peanut butter and then a layer of chocolate.
Caramel deLites: vanilla cookies dipped in caramel and then topped with coconut.
Peanut Butter Sandwiches: oatmeal cookies with peanut butter in the middle.
The image above from Flicker / Dalboz17 shows Caramel deLites (left) and Samoas (right). I feel cheated.