Monday, March 11, 2013

The Truth Behind Girl Scout Cookie Sales

     It's Girl Scout Cooking time here.  Actually, it's almost over.  My daughter has been a girl scout for 8 years.  For 8 years we have taken orders, sorted cookie boxes, delivered orders, worked cookie booths (ok so we've not done that the last couple years because of swim meets), and made sure all our money was turned in on time.  Everybody loves girl scout cookies.

     Yeah, I just jump for joy when it's cookie time.  There were years when she sold almost 300 boxes and that by no means is not even close to be a record, but have you ever seen 300 boxes in a 1500 square foot house?  You feel like the cookies are swallowing you instead of the other way around.  It can turn into a nightmare.

     And those cookie order forms are enough to make you go blind trying to read them over and over again to make sure you got everyone's order right.  I know people who have sold twice, three times even four times what my daughter's highest count was and bragged about it.

     Ok, you can have the patch, the prizes, the trophy or whatever else comes for selling all those cookies, I am not at all upset we never sold more than we did.  I can't imagine having to deal with that many boxes of cookies.  I don't think I'd want to eat them myself after that.

     The worst part for me has been the changing of bakers.  Our council used to sell from Little Brownie baker.  The last three year's they had a contract with ABC baker.  Not cool!


     First of all the names are all wrong.  There's no Samoas, they are Caramel Delights.  There are no Do Si Do's, they are Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies.  Tagalongs are just Peanut Butter Patties.  At least Thin Mints are still called Thin Mints, but they are NOT THE SAME.

     My first disappointment was the Caramel Delights.  They are shaped funky.  They have milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate.  There is way more caramel and way less coconut.  Samoas have always been my favorite, so this really made me petulant.

     Then, there's the Thin mints.  Yes, they are still chocolate crunchy cookies, but  ABC does something weird to them.  They have this soapy aftertaste that just makes eating them not worth it.  My husband still eats them, but when I look at the boxes I want to throw a temper tantrum.

     And, every year there is a new cookie.  This year they are Mango Creme.  I'll be honest I did not even want to try them.  But, try them I did.  When I first started chewing on one, I thought it wasn't near as bad as I had anticipated.  Still nothing I would buy, but getting a free sample wasn't so ..... then the aftertaste set in.  Give me the soapy taste of the thin mints any time.  

     OMG!  It tasted like ground up baby aspirin mixed with expired dried up coconut flakes.  It was so bad.  And, I could not get rid of the taste.  I tried chewing gum and it just made the gum taste like aspirin injected gummy bears.  I tried drinking water and it just made it worse.  I tried drinking soda and it just made it taste like really bad diet soda with more carbonation than syrup.  I really hope I am never starving with only those cookies to sustain me.  If you are ever offered one of these cookies run screaming in the other direction as fast as you can because that person who's offering it to you does not like you and probably wishes you great bodily discomfort.

     Supposedly next year our council is going back to Little Brownie because they've had so many complaints about ABC cookies.  I'm not sure our troop even sold any of the Mango ones.  I hope not.  I know my daughter didn't sell any of them.  Of course I told everyone to stay away from them.

     When all is said and done, I have a feeling this will be our last year dealing with the selling and distribution of Girl Scout Cookies.  There are many things that I will miss about our days with the girl scouts.  Cookie Sales is not one of them.  

1 comment:

  1. I was a Girl Scout and our cookies were the same as yours. I didn't even know until recently that there was another distributor and there were diff names!

    Thanks for linking up :)


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