Girl Scout Cookies rating and review

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Girl Scout Cookies rating and review

Olivia Plymel and Abby Anderson enjoy Girl Scout Cookies during lunch.

Olivia Plymel and Abby Anderson enjoy Girl Scout Cookies during lunch.

Antonio Venegas

Olivia Plymel and Abby Anderson enjoy Girl Scout Cookies during lunch.

Antonio Venegas

Antonio Venegas

Olivia Plymel and Abby Anderson enjoy Girl Scout Cookies during lunch.

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As Girl Scout cookie season comes to a close, those of us who annually purchase them are running around looking for stands to stockpile our favorites before it’s too late. The Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina (our local Girl Scout Council) usually begin selling cookies in early spring, and will be ending their sales season in the next few weeks.

The main reason behind the girl scout cookies is to fund each individual troop; troops will use cookie money to go on excursions or do activities related to earning their badges! They also teach young girls fiscal responsibility and encourage entrepreneurship. Along with all the wonderful lessons taught, the cookies are actually really good, so it’s a win for the Girl Scouts and a win for the customers.   

The Girl Scouts seem to have cookie selling down to a science: they set up outside of multiple popular locations like grocery stores or, in my case, the local ice rink, the vendors are sweet young girls who are always smiling, and most importantly they have a cookie for everyone!

Eleven different types, each with a different flavor, texture and size: no one can resist a Girl Scout cookie. Even people who don’t usally like cookies are bound to find one that suits them.  The types of cookies include: Girl Scout S’mores, Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Lemonades, Savannah Smiles, Thanks-A-Lot’s, Toffee-tastic’s, and caramel chocolate chip.

Some cookies are so popular that companies like Benton’s (Aldis cookie brand) create their own version of them. Coconut caramel fudge cookies (which taste exactly like Samoas), Fudge Mint (which are Thin Mints), and Peanut Butter-filled cookies (which are Tagalongs), are available to be purchased all year-round.

If you prefer the Girl Scout cookie brand over others, though, this is the guide for you.

Now I have no culinary/baking experience, but I like to think that I am qualified to review Girl Scout cookies because of my very honest opinion and my ability to do a detailed evaluation. I will be noting particular likes and dislikes for every cookie. Keep in mind that I am very particular, and some may disagree with my opinion. My response to that is “oh well”, this is my review.

Before I even begin my cookie-eating extravaganza, I have some disappointing news: the troop I bought my cookies from did not have any caramel chocolate chip’s or Thanks-A-Lot’s. I went around town looking for them, but I couldn’t find any, so they unfortunately will not be included. To clarify the cookies are organized from worst to best.

My least favorite cookies out of the bunch were the Toffee-Tastic’s. To me, they were very bland with small crunchy bits of toffee surrounded by tasteless cookie. They seemed to be lacking in the “oomph” factor that most Girl Scout cookies have. That could be because they are gluten-free, but I’m not quite sure. Therefore, they are at the bottom of my list.

Savannah Smiles were second to last for me. This is more of a personal thing for me than a technical problem with the cookie, as I do not love the flavor of lemon. The cookies could’ve been a little more citrus-y, and was a bit thick, which made it hard to bite without covering myself in crumbs and sugar. I also experienced oil buildup on the box from the cookies if I left them out for a hour or so.

Do-si-dos were a surprise because peanut butter cookies are my favorite, but I don’t really like patty-like cookies. To me, they are harder to get the right ratio of cookie to filling. It also didn’t help that the cookie itself was quite dry and crunchy, which makes me less likely to want to eat them.

Thin Mints are one of the most recognizable Girl Scout cookies due to their popularity, which I disagree with. They are dry, flakey and not worth any top or hype. However, they are not the worst.

Girl Scout S’mores where surprisingly reminiscent of actual smores. They reminded me of lunchables for some reason (probably because of the layers). The flavor was nice, like a super fancy graham cracker, but smoother and less messy.

Trefoils are decent for shortbread cookies. They aren’t particularly notable because shortbread is shortbread pretty much no matter where you get them. I think they should’ve been a bit more soft and buttery.

Lemonades are actually pretty good! I wasn’t expecting to like them, but they are citrus-y and have a very nice crunch. They seem like something you would eat next to a pool in the summertime. Kinda like a glass of lemonade (Ha!).

Samoas are one of the most delicious cookies I have ever had. Whoever decided to mix toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate together was a genius! I don’t think I have ever had a cookie with caramel in it, which is a disservice to everyone who likes cookies.

The best Girl Scout cookies are by far Tagalongs. They have the best ratio of chocolate-peanut butter to cookie, and are just hands down the best cookie. Out of all the cookies Tagalongs have the best flavor, texture and satisfaction factor, so at least in this review Tagalongs are the winner!

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