You’ve probably been hit up by your relatives, neighbors and co-workers to buy a box or two — or 10.
It’s Girl Scout Cookie season, and sales are in full swing just in time to dash any hopes of keeping those New Year’s resolutions to cut back on the sweets.
Pre-orders for this fund-raiser will continue through Feb. 22, with deliveries starting at the end of this month. Booth sales at grocery stores and retailers across the region will begin at the same time. The cookies are selling for $4 a box.
As part of National Cookie Weekend at the end of February, girls also will participate in Operation Cookie Booth. Girls will be taking donations for cookies to be shipped to military members serving overseas, in partnership with Heroes in Action. Traditional booth sales will run from March 6-29.
Before the boxes arrive, the Dining Divas — Amelia Robinson, Sandy Collins, Connie Post and myself — decided to put samples of the seven cookies available in our region to the test. Our taste test included a brand new variety, an oatmeal raisin cookie featuring Greek yogurt chunks.
To help you make a very informed decision about which varieties to purchase when you are approached by an adorable Girl Scout, here’s our take on each of the seven cookies for sale here:
THE SKINNY (OR NOT SO SKINNY) ON THE COOKIES
Description: Crisp wafers covered in chocolaty coating. Made with natural oil of peppermint.
Our take: Thin, crispy, minty, delicious. These are the quintessential Girl Scout cookie. These cookies have stood the test of time. They are still chocolatey and delicious. They are also vegan-friendly.
Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 4 Cookies (32g). Servings Per Container: 8. Calories per serving: 160. Total fat per serving: 8 g
Description: Crisp cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and striped with dark chocolaty coating.
Our take: Chocolate, caramel, coconut. The tasty triple threat. Our batch seemed to be less chewy and caramely as we remember from past years. But they still were delicious.
Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 2 cookies (29g). Servings Per Container: 7. Calories per serving: 140. Total fat per serving: 8 g
Description: Crispy cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolaty coating.
Our take: Some things are just meant to be together. Romeo and Juliet. Cookies and milk. Peanut butter and chocolate. These peanut butter patties are simply delicious. It’s the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of cookies. Unfortunately, these are the least waistline-friendly variety. But sometimes you just have to make some sacrifices.
Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 2 cookies (25g): Servings Per Container: 7. Calories per serving: 140. Total Fat per serving: 9g
Description: Crunchy oatmeal sandwich cookie with creamy peanut butter filling. No artificial colors or flavors.
Our take: Where’s the peanut butter? These cookies seemed pretty light on the star ingredient of peanut butter compared to past years. We’re hoping it was just a fluke with our box, but you could taste a lot of cookie with very little peanut butter. Disappointing.
Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 3 cookies (34g). Servings Per Container: 6. Calories per serving: 160. Total Fat per serving: 7g
Description: A traditional shortbread cookie.
Our take: These shortbread cookies are perfect for dunkin’ in milk or coffee. Without the dunk, they certainly aren’t as tasty as the other varieties. They aren’t as sweet or flavorful as we recall from yesteryear, but they were simple and satisfying.
Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 5 cookies (32g). Servings Per Container: 8. Calories per serving: 160. Total Fat per serving: 7g
Description: Crisp, zesty lemon wedge cookies dusted with powdered sugar.
Our take: Nice strong lemon flavor. These taste like a wedding cookie with a lemony kick. This treat is perfect for dessert with tea or coffee. A sweet treat with less guilt, as it’s the lowest calorie count of all of the cookie varieties.
Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 5 Cookies (30g): Servings Per Container: 5. Calories per serving: 140. Total fat per serving: 5g
Description: Hearty oatmeal cookies with plump raisins and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks.
Our take: The newest cookie is not much to write home about compared to the other varieties. While the flavor is a nice balance of cinnamon and raisin and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks, they are dry and crumbly. The cookies break in transit and aren’t visually appealing. On the positive side, though, it’s something new and different to try.
Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 2 Cookies (25g). Servings Per Container: 7. Calories per serving: 120. Total Fat per serving: 5g
THE TOP SELLERS
According to Girl Scouts of America, the following are the top five sellers:
1. Thin Mints
CALORIES PER COOKIE
28: Savannah Smiles
40: Thin Mints
55: Do Si Doh
60: Rah Rah Raisin
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