The Map of Girl Scout Cookie Differences Based on Location

Everyone in America has a favorite Girl Scout cookie but did you know there are actually two versions of your favorite -- and that where you live to determine which kind you've had? It's true. As the Los Angeles Times reports, the Girl Scouts of America actually employ two different bakers -- ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers -- to crank out the more than 200 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies the Americans eat each year during Girl Scout cookie season -- and the cookies they make look differently, taste differently and, in some cases, even have different names in each state.

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Los Angeles Times

In Orlando, Girl Scout S'mores are coated in chocolate with a barely-there layer of vanilla/marshmallow on a large graham cracker. In Miami and the rest of Florida, however, the same cookie is presented sandwich-style with frosting and fudge and hints of maple flavor.

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Folks in Southern New Mexico, are used to their Thin Mints crunchier and mintier, while northern New Mexicans' Thin Mints are richer with a distinctive peppermint taste and smoother chocolate coating.

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In Fort Worth, Texas people enjoy Caramel deLites, which are more cookie than coconut, vanilla-flavored cookie drizzled with a milkier chocolate; a few miles east, in Dallas, the same cookie -- here called Samoas -- has a heavier layer of caramel, a darker chocolate drizzle, and its coconut is noticeably more toasted. These toasted coconut, caramel chocolate chip cookies taste like childhood and are available on Amazon.

Find Caramel deLites here. 

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In all, there are seven Girl Scout cookies that have noticeable differences between bakers: Thin Mints, S'mores, Caramel deLites/Samoas, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos, Shortbread Cookies/Trefoils, and Lemon Cookies/Savannah Smiles.

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So which ones do you get?

The Los Angeles Times created this interactive, Girl Scout cookie map and cookie-by-cookie guide that allows users to find out which version of their beloved local Girl Scout cookies are available at home -- and where they can find those from the other bakers. Whether you live in New York, Vermont, or Wisconsin, you probably have a favorite Girl Scout cookie and an opinion about its name!

Girl Scout Cookies - Thin Mints And Caramel De Lites - 1 Box Of Each

Girl Scout Cookies - Thin Mints And Caramel De Lites - 1 Box Of Each
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This post was originally published on September 12, 2020.