It’s THAT time of year. That time of year you put behind all New Year’s resolutions to eat better and work out more for the inevitable arrival of the GIRL SCOUT COOKIE. These cookies arrive at the just the right and wrong time. It’s so right because the bright and bold boxes of baked bliss come in the middle of the long and cold winter. The sight of these boxes can cause one to clap and jump up and down with giddy joy. This cold February day is looking up! It’s so wrong because you’ve just made a promise to yourself to ingest only healthy and good things for your body. You may have started to see results from the time spent working out. But all of that is put aside when just one box of gooey Samoas or crunchy Do-Si-Dos are opened. It’s impossible to stay away.
Once upon a time, I was a Girl Scout. I was a cookie crack dealer. They had me hooked early on and I’ve never been able to get over my addiction. These days I get my fix from my best-friend’s little girl. I bought one of every box this year because I was dedicated to helping the little one sell as many as possible (wink, wink). I can’t open a box unless I’m prepared to consume it in record time. Why is it I can buy a package of Oreos and it will last me days on end but a single box of Girl Scout cookies will disappear in a matter of hours? And I know I’m not the only one who can eat an entire box in a single afternoon. There should be a GS cookie eater’s anonymous support group. It’s astonishing how a rather sensible eater can turn into a cookie junkie so quickly and without remorse. As I type this I’m pausing to dip my Trefoils in milk and eat them up like a happy little girl…and I just finished working out.
My favorites are Samoas, Tagalongs, and Thin Mints. There is nothing else on earth quite like the Samoas. It took a few years for me to develop a taste for them because of that heavenly coating of coconut. I used to hate coconut. Oh, what I was missing out on! That buttery cookie layered with dark chocolate, creamy caramel, and sweet coconut is the perfect cookie combination. Needless to say, that’s always the first box to go. The marriage between chocolate and peanut butter is one of the greatest unions of all time. Even better than the famous peanut butter cups, Tagalongs are the perfect example of how those flavors work well together. If they sold a jar of Tagalongs peanut butter I’d be lining up to buy it. I’m sure it tastes so amazing because it contains triple the amount of sugar found in ordinary peanut butter but I wouldn’t care. People are all about Nutella, yes? Why not Tagalongs Peanut Butter? Pretty much the same thing. And then there are the Thin Mints. Chocolatey, minty, waxy, crispy Thin Mints. Whether fresh out of the box or pulled from the frozen confines of the freezer, they are the quintessential Girl Scout cookie. This box is always saved for last. I have been known to buy two boxes of these, one for now and the other for safe keeping in the freezer. My preferred choice for Thin Mint consumption? Take a scoop or two of vanilla bean ice cream, drizzle the ice cream with chocolate sauce and then crumble 2-3 frozen Thin Mint cookies over it. When I get to heaven I hope this is the dessert of choice. I could eat this stuff into eternity.
Everybody has a favorite Girl Scout cookie variety. Which one is your favorite? I hope you’re somewhere with a box or two in your pantry or freezer ready to be enjoyed at a moments notice.