During my elementary school years, I was part of a Girl Scout troop. I got quite into the badge-earning aspect, completing several on my own. I also got into the cookie selling. A friend and I went door to door and one year I managed to sell 200 boxes that way. I know I was over 100 boxes some other years.
With that volume of sales, I got to know people’s preferences. I was always stunned that Thin Mints were the top seller. Like far and above everything else. I failed to see what it was about the chocolate mint concept that got people excited. My personal preference at the time was the Peanut Butter Patties, or the caramel/coconut ones (they went through several name iterations I believe). Shortbread cookies were good too. But I never liked the Thin Mints and have maintained a bit of an aversion to them. I probably had a few as a scout and then didn’t touch them since.
Anyway, my daughter is not in Girl Scouts (oddly, there doesn’t seem to be an active troop for her grade around here, and she didn’t want to join what used to be the “Boy” Scouts, which two of her brothers are in…). So my husband purchased some boxes online from a colleague’s daughter. I didn’t think he liked Thin Mints particularly either, but I guess when you’re ordering Girl Scout cookies you get a box of them.
So there they were on the counter when I noticed…they were vegan. Long time blog readers know that in the fall of 2020 I started cutting out dairy to see if it would help my chronic sore throats and congestion. Short answer: yes. Now that I am aware of it, though, I see that even small amounts can trigger a reaction. Like I ate a waffle from a batch of batter that my husband had made with about 1 tablespoon of butter in it, and I wound up with a sore throat. So I’m reading labels and getting annoyed at things like why does our usual brand of granola have milk in it? I had to switch. Most baked goods are out…But if the baked goods are vegan? Well, they’re all good.
And thus I have been eating Thin Mints. They are OK. A bit of a feeling like I’m eating a cookie that reminds me of brushing my teeth. But not bad. I can have a cookie with a cup of coffee and feel vaguely normal. A cup of coffee with no cream in it, but I’ve already made my peace with that.
(Actually, too much coffee can trigger things too — but that’s a different matter. Getting old is fun!)
What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie? Are you a Thin Mint fan…or no?
Photo: Thin Mints. I did do some canoeing as a Girl Scout, though we were not as photogenic doing so as these children.