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What is your favorite type of Girl Scout cookie?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on February 21, 2006

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Photo of Lashawnda Glover

“The Lemon Pastry Creams. I think they are actually discontinuing them, so this was the last year I could get them.”

Photo of Scott Sheu

“Caramel DeLites. Usually I don’t like coconut, but something about the caramel and the chewiness hits the perfect pitch.”

Photo of Sarah Rooney

“The caramel and coconut ones. Girl Scout cookies are dangerous though. You can definitely overindulge, but it’s all for a good cause. So indulge.”

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“The Samoas. It’s something that you can’t normally get. You can find ones that are like the other types of Girl Scout cookies, but not ones like those. But one should not eat too many cookies.”

Comments

enochville 9 years, 5 months ago

I guess the name is Caramel DeLites, because the ones I like sounds like the ones Scott and Sarah described above.

Linda Aikins 9 years, 5 months ago

defintiely peanut butter. definitely. de-de-definitely. Not the ones with chocolate though.

Grundoon Luna 9 years, 5 months ago

Thin mints definitely. I like the animal cookies with the fudge layer, too, but you don't get too many of those for what you pay for them.

jonas 9 years, 5 months ago

BRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIINNNNNNNSSSS!!!!

trinity 9 years, 5 months ago

Carmel Delights&the peanut butter patty thingies covered in chocolate. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. so where the heck's a girl scout when ya need one??

blessed3x 9 years, 5 months ago

If the girls scouts were smart they'd hang out downtown on a Friday night and stand next to the "Honk for Hemp" guys. The munchies those two must have would put them over the top in sales!

Fangorn 9 years, 5 months ago

I'm with Gootsie here. Give me a box of the peanut butter cookies and a gallon of milk and Dr. Ross's advice be damned!

In honor of Gootsie:

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE TUBE PANT CUTIEE ROOK TAPE BUTTE ROCK I.E. UNO BOOK TUT RECIPE TEA NUT RETICENT BEAU UP TOOK KITE TEAR PUB TUNE COO

beatrice 9 years, 5 months ago

TUBE PANT CUTIEE ROOK, my favorite too!

southerngirl 9 years, 5 months ago

Thin Mints straight from the freezer. One sleeve is a serving...isn't it?

RonBurgandy 9 years, 5 months ago

How come this is the question today? Is it Girl Scout Observance Day or something?

Topside 9 years, 5 months ago

THe PB and chocolate ones. ALSo, the caramel delights or "SAMOAS" as they were called when I was young. They keep you wanting Sa-mo-a.

cutny 9 years, 5 months ago

You know, I'm all for shelling out a $3.00 plus to help the kids buy whatever it is they buy with their proceeds, but let's face it, those cookies are nasty and full of chemicals. As well, they taste like they were "baked" about 6 months prior to delivery. I buy 3 boxes a year, but I don't eat any of them. Gross and unhealthy cookies at their finest.

wichita_reader 9 years, 5 months ago

Isn't unhealty a requirement of any good cookie?

My favorite used to be Dos-i-dos, but I think they've been discontinued.

sunflower_sue 9 years, 5 months ago

As far as favorite goes...I'm with southerngirl 100 %. And yes, straight from the freezer!

BUT, (here's where I poo on the whole girl scout movement) I no longer buy girl scout cookies because a troop only gets 12 to 17% of the cost of the box! I would rather (and have) just given the troop a cash donation and told them to keep the cookies. I've also stipulated that the money stay with the troop and not be turned over to the council. There is so much "red tape" in girlscouting today it's a wonder anything is ever accomplished.

Q: How many girl scout leaders does it take to screw in a lightbulb? A: Just one but she'll have to take 2 weeks of manditory training first!

This joke is sadly a true reflection of girl scouts today. Ask any girl scout leader/volunteer and they will tell you how much time they spend in "just so we don't get sued" classes every year. I loved girl scouts as a kid but became quickly disillusioned with it as an adult.

Sorry to poop on everyone's cookie parade but I still maintain that if you want to really help out a girl scout, give them a cash donation and tell them to keep their cookies! If you don't care, buy the cookies and enjoy them. They are pretty tastey.

irnmadn88 9 years, 5 months ago

Frozen Thin Mints & Samoas...

Bad Girl Scout, no cookie. Good Girl Scout, no nookie.

Linda Endicott 9 years, 5 months ago

I don't buy Girl Scout cookies. They're way too overpriced. And they used to taste much, much better.

When I was in the Girl Scouts, my mother didn't have to float a loan to be able to afford it. My dues were 10 cents a week, and they'd even let that slide if you promised to pay up at the beginning of the next month. That and the price of the uniform was all it cost.

Oh, how times have changed...

trinity 9 years, 5 months ago

oh hey, a sleeve is a serving?? i thought a whole box was!

ya know, amongst the keebler products are cookies that are real similar to the girl scout ones-i've bought faux thin mints, the chocolate covered peanut butter ones, AND samoas-they're quite yummy&cheaper!

RonBurgandy 9 years, 5 months ago

TOB - I see, I was only confused by the question b/c I had some girl scout cookies delivered to me about three weeks ago.

bankboy119 9 years, 5 months ago

You've gotten yours Ron? I haven't dangit.

RonBurgandy 9 years, 5 months ago

Actually, I have half a sleeve of thin mints at my desk right now. I was thinking these might make a good breakfast today.

Why are they asking someone from MU a question anyways?

Tammy Copp-Barta 9 years, 5 months ago

Training - true we do have to take a lot of training and we have to have program books at AT OUR OWN EXPENSE!! The council doesn't even pay for it .. this also means we have to pay for our own KBI checks and pay $10 a year just to belong to GSA and work with the girls. Girls also must pay $10 a year to the National organization besides Troop dues and any other events they go to. Uniform costs are outrageous and change just about every year now.

Cookie profits - Cookies sell for $3.50/box and our troops get $0.52 the rest goes to the Cookie Baker and the Council.

All in all though, if it weren't for the profits we do make from the sales, many of our girls would not be able to attend camp or events as we use this money to help defray those costs within my troop.

acg 9 years, 5 months ago

Oh I love the thin mints. Those are dangerous to me. The peanut butter/chocolate ones, too. OMG, those are like cookie crack. See, now I need a fix.

badger 9 years, 5 months ago

You know, they wouldn't have 'so we don't get sued' training if stupid parents didn't sue them because 'the other girls don't like my daughter and you didn't do anything to make them' or 'a girl at one of your campouts told my daughter about birth control!' Or if they didn't get hammered every time some kid failed to hit it off with a cliquish troop immediately.

Then, of course, there's 'oh, sure teach them to be strong women, and build strong communities, and build bonds with one another that are supposed to last a lifetime. Earn their trust, and their respect, and be a comforting guide and role model - but for the love of GOD don't actually TOUCH them!!!!!' Apparently, if a woman in her thirties hugs a 10-year-old girl, something naughty, nefarious, and unmentionable must be going on.

I'm an avid supporter of Girl Scouting, because all the strong, capable women I know were Scouts. It teaches teamwork, and appreciation for nature, and some core values (like honesty, duty, fidelity, kindness, and compassion) that we could do with a lot more of.

ON topic, I like the Caramel DeLites (called Samoas before they became low-fat), the Lemon Pastry Cremes (there's a box on my desk), and the Peanut Butter Patties (they used to be called Tagalongs). The reason the cookies taste 'different' this year is because due to market demand, most of them have zero to one grams of trans-fat per serving. They have had to change their recipe to keep up with diet trends.

I figure that if 15-20% goes to the troop (which is the number they give out down here), that makes the cost of a box 2.40 + a 60 cent donation (tax included), and since a bag of Elf Company cookies (and the Elves don't get anywhere near 12%) is about 2 bucks plus tax, it's not that big a deal.

Plus, aside from the cash for the troop, the money also goes to things like scholarships, and the prizes the girls and the troop can win are no small potatoes. They can win trips to two-week sleepaway camp (that might cost them a few hundred dollars otherwise), nice camping supplies they otherwise couldn't afford, gift certificates for troop parties, and so on. In poor areas, Scouting offers an organization that's not a gang, that's girl-positive, and that gives them an opportunity to try new skills they otherwise might not have experienced.

The dues will work themselves out. I don't know a lot of girls who had to drop out of scouting when they really wanted to stay in, just because they couldn't make dues. One female friend I know does a small bit of organizing each year and offers 'dues scholarships' to girls who can't afford it, where an anonymous benefactor will agree to cover a girl's dues for Scouts for a year.

badger 9 years, 5 months ago

That's right, they're 3.50 there.

They're three bucks here. Anyone want some extra-cheap bootleg Texas Girl Scout cookies?

Ceallach 9 years, 5 months ago

Peanut butter patties!! btw, should we take advice from a chubby faced physician that says we shouldn't eat too many cookies? I say, NO!

How many of you ladies have had a "rotund" ob/gyn who harrassed you about every pound you gained during your pregnancy? I did, it was hard to take his warnings seriously -- so I didn't! :) You know, things like "you'll be sorry later", etc., oh wait, maybe he was right :-\

Fishman 9 years, 5 months ago

One thin mint, and one peanut butter patty together to form one cookie is divine! LOL The only problem is that 2 boxes are only 4 servings at my house.

Linda Endicott 9 years, 5 months ago

Multi, Yeah, things have changed a LOT...

I don't go for those school fundraisers, either. All that stuff is way too expensive, too, and you might as well just donate money to the school instead.

Not to mention that when my daughter was in school, they had competitions over who sold the most stuff. Great way to instill confidence, by making the little buggers compete against each other, and crying their little eyes out when they never won. Usually because some other kids' mother was really militant about it and drove her little darling everywhere to harass people, and had oodles of people at work to hit up, when some kids had stay at home moms who didn't know nearly as many people.

Don't you all just love those bosses who say, "oh, little Katie is selling this stuff for her school, how much do you want?"

sunflower_sue 9 years, 5 months ago

MultiD, You're right, girl scouts just ain't what it used to be!

I was in scouting for 7 years as young person. My own mother was the troop leader. I still have my sash filled with my badges that I spent all those years earining. It would have to take valid reasons for me to bag on them now. I have plenty of valid reasons but won't bore you all with the details. Like I said earlier: If you actually want to help a troop, donate cash and keep your hands out of the cookie jar!

sunflower_sue 9 years, 5 months ago

MultiD, I once tried to take the girl scout group camping. Nevermind that I'm an avid camper and have been since before I could walk. GSA wanted me to take a class so that I would know the proper way to camp. They would NOT let me take them camping unless I complied with all the rules and regs. Instead, I invited all the girls out to our property from the troop for a "non-GSA" campout. Guess what? No dead girls and no one got sued. Great time! Best of all...FREE!

Linda Aikins 9 years, 5 months ago

Fanghorn - LOVE IT! I'm so proud my children have followed in my footsteps and looked at the world through anagrams.

Good stuff!

sunflower_sue 9 years, 5 months ago

Forgot to mention the best part of the campout. I made the older girls dig the latrine. They also designed a lovely "screen" for the latrine with eyelet lace curtains. What a hoot!

badger 9 years, 5 months ago

Hey, go easy on Dr. Ross.

He's telling the truth: One should not eat 'too many' cookies.

Because if you find yourself saying, "Oh, I ate too many cookies," you have either eaten cookies until you have become ill, or you are lost in the delusion that (short of becoming ill) there is such a thing as 'too many cookies,' in which case there's obviously something wrong with you and you should seek professional help - and leave me your 'extra' cookies when you do.

I have never eaten 'too many' cookies, though I often eat 'almost enough' cookies.

acg 9 years, 5 months ago

I ate too many cookies last night. Milanos (pepperidge farms). Those things are easy to eat too many of. Up all night with a tummy ache and a big sugar hangover this morning. :( Ahh, gluttony. One of my favorite deadly sins.

Ceallach 9 years, 5 months ago

sorry badger, I was feeling intimidated and insecure due to my lack of self-esteem, thereby causing me to react against what I perceived as a harsh and judgmental attack, on me personally, by the doctor. (I hope that works, it seems to be an acceptable plea in court )

southerngirl 9 years, 5 months ago

They're three bucks a box here in Tennessee too. I'll be in Topeka over Spring Break...

Personally, I was a Camp Fire Girl ("Blue Birds eat the Brownies" ) so I sold candy every year. To this day I hate selling things, hate my children selling things and hate other people's kids having to sell things. I agree with others that it is over priced junk and a donation to the appropriate organization would be money better spent. Now, how many of you have actually made donations to youth organizations that did not actually include purchasing something. Boy/Girl Scouts, Boys/Girls club, Lawrence Schools Foundation... anyone??.....THAT is why they make those kids hock stuff!!! Because we forget to make a donation to all of those worthy organizations unless they are in our faces.

On a related note, my nine year old is selling magazine subscriptions and plants and candy for Tennessee Twirlers...

Maybe when that group from yesterday's posts takes over Canada, things will get better...

ms_canada 9 years, 5 months ago

Sheesh - I am feeling positively deprived. The only GG cookies that I have EVER seen are the plain vanilla and chocolate. Something is wrong with this picture. And some are saying that they have to wait for delivery. The girls that come to my door have a large box of them and no waiting incurred. I am going to phone the GG office and see about this. Would love some of those minty things and the peanut butter ones. Oh I just thought, your Girl Scouts are called Girl Guides here in Canada, hence my GG abreviation.

avhjmlk 9 years, 5 months ago

BTW--Do-Si-Dos are now peanut butter sandwiches. They, the Thin Mints, and the Caramel Delights (aka Samoas) are all my faves!

I've actually always liked the Shortbreads, too. They used to be called Trefoils (the name of the Girl Scout Symbol--I think--which is what they're shaped like)

Staci Dark Simpson 9 years, 5 months ago

Thin mints and PB patties rule. Makes me hate being on Weight Watchers. I can only eat like 2 cookies a day. I was a campfire girl too. We sold candy that wasn't near as good as the cookies. Peace, Staci

Ceallach 9 years, 5 months ago

Each Girl Scout troop in Lawrence receives $.53 per box they sell, the troop uses that money to do special group activities at no cost to the girls. Each scout that sells 250+ boxes receives a $60 cookie merit scholarship toward Girl Scout camp of their choice. 500+ the scout receives $200 towards GS camp(s) of their choice.

jayhawks71 9 years, 5 months ago

The Soylent Green ones when they are available, otherwise Thin Mints.

avhjmlk 9 years, 5 months ago

Actually, I was agreeing with Bobus Originalus, but I also agree with Bob the Latter.

acg 9 years, 5 months ago

I'm thinking jonas' comment was the best. soylent green. dude, you kill me!

Linda Endicott 9 years, 5 months ago

I have donated to the Girl Scouts...and whenever I see the school kids trying a bake sale to raise money, I always donate...but tell them to keep the goodies.

Linda Endicott 9 years, 5 months ago

Now, the car washes are a different matter. Those are usually high school kids, and they're damned annoying. I usually give them five bucks if they promise to leave me alone.

djazz 9 years, 5 months ago

Do you pronounce that "care-ah-mel" or "car-mel.??"

Linda Aikins 9 years, 5 months ago

hahaha inmate and Hannibal and nudist!

Harley, I can't believe you haven't said the lo-carb fruitcake fudge cookie!

Ceallach 9 years, 5 months ago

I knew it!! This darn job has caused me to miss another incident (mumble, mumble mumble)

Smarmy_Schoolmarm 9 years, 5 months ago

When I was in 3rd grade my sister and I were selling GS cookies door to door. Back then we carried a mixed box and Mom followed behind in the car, filling our box up when needed. We knocked on one door and a man answered. We gave our spiel and he told us he'd be right back. He was, but unfortunately he was in his robe and little else. He showed us his little else. We ran screaming back to the car. Mom floored it and jumped out, pushed her way into the man's house, saying words I didn't know existed outside the playground. When she finally got back in the car the man was shouting at her from the doorway so she just drove right up onto his stoop. By that time the police had arrived. They probaby saved that perv's life. I wonder if he thinks of my mother around this time of year?

I'm one who would rather give a donation over buying cheap goodies. I was a Girl and Boy Scout leader both and never allowed my children to sell anything. It's not because of the above incident, it's just that I think there are better ways.

avhjmlk 9 years, 5 months ago

That is INCREDIBLE!

Actually, one year my mom took my sister and I to the Sigma Nu fraternity and we made a KILLING. I think she just picked out the one with the skinniest college guys playing frisbee in the front yard, decided they needed to be fattened up, and sent us in to sell cookies. It worked like a dream!

Ceallach 9 years, 5 months ago

GS cookie tables will be popping up around campus soon, the students love them.

Fangorn 9 years, 5 months ago

Smarmy: You should have told him "Sir, we usually give a ticket as a recipe, but I see you've already got a stub."

sunflower_sue 9 years, 5 months ago

Smarmy, that is so darn funny! Your mom gets a medal. So true that a woman can go from Betty Crocker to Momma Bear in 2.2 seconds when someone messes with her kids.

RonBurgandy 9 years, 5 months ago

Man wolfmn, that comment didn't last very long did it?

acg 9 years, 5 months ago

I miss all the good comments. :( Grrrrr.

beatrice 9 years, 5 months ago

Funniest post today is by Sun_Sue: "Sorry to poop on everyone's cookie parade but I still maintain that if you want to really help out a girl scout, give them a cash donation and tell them to keep their cookies!"

Ha, ha, ha! Have you honestly suggested that we buy yummy cookies, and then not actually eat them?!? What are we -- made of stone? This is like asking a hungry lion to ignore an injured gazelle limping by, like asking Phred Phelps to take part in a gay pride parade, like asking Bob to dress in something other than Pleather! You ask to much of us, I tell you! We are only human, after all!! Only human!!!

RonBurgandy 9 years, 5 months ago

I hate it when people poop on my cookie parades.

kcwarpony 9 years, 5 months ago

Multidisciplinary, You just had to remind me of those dang grapefruits and oranges, didn't you? It wasn't bad enough we had to sell the things, unload the trucks (yes, they sold like crazy!) and then deliver them (20 and 40lb. boxes!) but we also had to sit in a band room with boxes stacked to the ceilings and inhale the aroma of fruit and cardboard! Have you ever sliced an orange and put it under a cat's nose?...I act the same way...

beatrice 9 years, 5 months ago

omb: TOB's buffalo head must have told you to do it.

What does President Bush call the things we get gasoline from?

olfactories

beatrice 9 years, 5 months ago

easy there, Md, I tend to shoot straighter than Jeff does. : )

sunflower_sue 9 years, 5 months ago

Bea, Good point! What was I thinking??? LOL! Seriously, though, I bet Fred would march in a gay pride parade.;o)

kcwarpony 9 years, 5 months ago

Multid, After nearly 25 years and having been traumatized by citrus fruit, I don't recall having Weseman as a teacher. I do recall a student teacher in English class who wore sandals and always said "Okay?" after everything he said. High Score: 102 times in one class!

sunflower_sue 9 years, 5 months ago

KCWarpony, You brought back a memory I had of an African Art History class. The teacher said "in full regalia" so much that we used to keep count. Used to bet daily on who got closest to the final count. Ah, good times!

sunflower_sue 9 years, 5 months ago

OMB, not a geezer but maybe Jeeves is. He say's it was a bear.

sunflower_sue 9 years, 5 months ago

Good luck TOB! Wishing Mrs. Bob a short and pain free labor. (At least something better than my 28 hour induced torture!) Maybe you'll have little Bob or Bobina by morning...keep us posted (pun intended).

OMB, I'm almost afraid to ask: what's the "golden cookie?" Will you be delivering it personally? I'll be in Joe Town tomorrow so add an hour onto your drive time.:)

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