I Love Me Some Thin Mints! Don’t You?

I don’t know about you but every year right about this time I start to get a little excited. Not because Spring is right around the corner or because a cute guy has moved in to the house across the street but because the cookies of all cookies are about to go on sale.

Yep – I am a girl scout cookie junkie. I just can’t help myself. If there is even one thin mint within a 20 mile radius I can smell it, hunt it down and take it for my own. Since I don’t even smoke any more I figure I am entitled to just this one little obsession.

Also too there is just something sweet and nostailgic about them. They have been around since I can remember and I can remember pretty far back. Always somewhere around spring break you would start to see little cardboard table and folding chair sales stands cropping up – in front of super markets, laundramats, banks and even street corners in some suburban neighborhoods. Naturally when I was a kid I knew many of the salesgirls ๐Ÿ˜‰ now, not so much.

However, I do have one little friend who is probably one of my favorite cookie sellers: ย 

Let’s call her Cookie-Girl – she does a bang up job, according to her mom and troop mama. But I mean who has to be told, check out that stand, nice display, clean, neat with lots of variety but no clutter. Poifect.

What many of you may not know is that there is a whole lot more to selling girl scout cookies than meets the eye. In the words of my favorite Girl Scout Mama:

Cookie sales gets so much negative crap that people don’t see the good it does. On the money side, it funds the whole Girl Scout program and it helps troops earn money for their activities. (camping, horseback riding, community service projects [one troop paid their way to Build A Bear to stuff and dress bears then donated them to the Fire Department to give to kids that needed them])

On the “Where Girls Grow Strong” side of it (a Girl Scout saying) cookie sales gives girls a chance to learn so much in a safe environment. Sales, money handling, responsibility, people skills, persistence, goal setting, etc. When it’s all over, they have such a sense of achievement! You can see the change in them. They’ve grown!

Also, especially in recent years, there are many troops who are selling cookies in order to send them to the troops. The way it works is this: you buy a box of cookies and instead of taking them home and eating them and making your thighs and butt even bigger, you tell the troop to go ahead and send them to the troops overseas. In addition to this, the kids take a lot of the money they make and send additional cookies to the troops. For example there is a relatively well known program called Operation Cookie Drop, which is a program started by Girls Scouts who managed to send bagillions of cookies to our young men and women in Iraq and gave them aย  taste of home.

If you see a local troop selling in your area, ask them what their ’cause’ or program is that they are selling for – I’m sure you’ll discover that they are not in it for a beach chair or so they can all go to Chuck E. Cheeese for a weekend. They are going to do something special with the money for someone who needs it, senior citizen homes, the troops overseas, underprivilidged children and so forth.

So the next time you see that little cardboard table and chairs set up, don’t hide your face and mumble something about being on a diet. Chat with the girls and find out what they intend to do with their proceeds. And don’t be so darn stingy, give them a five-spot and tell them to give a box of cookies to their favorite shut in, kid stuck in a hospital, or a kid in a uniform overseas and far far away from home.

If you want to know when the cookies are going on sale in your area you can go hereย – type in your zip code and councils in your area should come up, with their schedules of sales.

Heck there is even a myspace girlscout page here.

So for pete’s sake, get some Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas, Trefoils or even som DoSiDos and know that you are likely contributing to something worthy and worthwhile. Heck if you are really worried about your diet they even sell some fudgy sugar free numbers AND all the cookies have Zero trans fats. So let’s not sweat the small stuff, otay.

For pictures, descriptions and nutritional information about the cookies go here

Also, if you just want to help and contribute to a troop who is sending cookies to the troops, I personally know of such a troop and I’d be happy to hook you up with them. If so, feel free to email me.

Okay, let’s get our fat asses down there and be loading up on the damn finest cookies ever made in America. Sound good? ๐Ÿ˜‰

WC

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6 thoughts on “I Love Me Some Thin Mints! Don’t You?

  1. This is our favorite time of year too!!

    It’s when we justify eating a whole box of Tagalongs as our dinner because they have peanut butter in them (that’s a protein right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). We leave trails of empty boxes and cellophane wrappings everywhere we go.

    We hand out boxes of cookies to our mail carrier, garbage pick up guys, and the guys that fix our van when it breaks. The look on the face of the drive through gal as we hand her a box of Thin Mints as we pull out after getting our food is priceless.

    The grand finale for Girl Scout troops everywhere, is that last send off or delivery of all the donated cookies!! It’s almost like a Girl Scout version of Christmas!!

    Thank you, WC, for the plug!! Girl Scouts across the nation are raising their glasses of milk to you in appreciation!

    Sounds like you guys have lots of fun with it – and that’s the idea with it, isn’t it? Have fun in your life in all that you do. I was happy to give the plug to my girl scout friends – gotta love those cookies and yup a glass of milk really does top them off nicely, don’t they? ๐Ÿ™‚
    WC

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  2. Count me in for a few boxes of Samoas.
    God, I can’t stop eating them.
    ~m

    And they are choloesteral free after all…;)
    wc

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  3. Samoas are the sole fuel that powers me through the rest of the year. God bless those angels in sashes.

    That’s the spirit my friend! And I have to say they really are a little taste of heaven, aren’t they?
    WC

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  4. Oh my gosh, that’s me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ How cool! Try freezing the Thin Mints. It makes them soo good. Don’t try that with the Samoas. Frozen caramel will hurt your teeth. and it takes to long to eat them that way.

    MMMMMMMM frozen thin mints – yummy! Yup, that’s you – how do you like being a star? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    WC

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  5. I am a Samoa’s junkie. Damn, I could eat a box a day.

    I have a direct line to a supplier ๐Ÿ˜‰ if you have trouble with supply. Also, if you buy in bulk and freeze them until you need them – you could keep that going year round I think.
    WC

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