Monday, March 9, 2009

It is Girl Scout Cookie Season

As a little girl in pigtails, I was a Brownie…the precursor to a Girl Scout. The little girls working for cookie seller patches have a place in my heart… and let’s be honest a place in my belly.

It is Girl Scout cookie season!

I already tore through the boxes I preordered. Well actually, I blame the boyfriend for eating them.

My favorites are the Thanks-A-Lot™. These polite shortbread cookies are made better with a layer of fudge on the bottom and offer a language lesson. Each cookie reads "Thank You" in English, French, Chinese, Swahili or Spanish. Dunked in a glass of milk, the shortbread soaks up beverage perfectly. I recommend dunking them in coffee— a breakfast favorite.

Despite loving their cookies, I am concerned that the Girl Scouts have an identity issue. They change the names of their products so often, that I have an anxiety attack if I have to pick the cookie without a picture. I want to make sure that the cookie I want is the one I order!

Take for example the Tagalongs®. These are the round chocolate covered cookies with a layer of peanut butter on top of the shortbread base. They are also known as Peanut Butter Patties®.

There is also the Samoas® or Caramel deLites®

or the Do-Si-Dos® formerly the Gauchos or Peanut Butter Sandwich

Do you know the shortbread cookie as a Trefoils?

Really the only consistent cookie name is the Thin Mint!

According to the Girl Scouts, there are two bakeries liscenced to produce cookies, which seems to be the root of the name discrepancy. Depending on what area you are from, one box label may read made for The Little Brownie Bakers another made by the ABC Bakers. I have found no explanation for the two vendor system other than that they serve different parts of the country.

All I know is that I need to order some more boxes.