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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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This post was originally published on September 12, 2020.