Thin Mint Haters: Rise against your cookie oppressors


71 Responses to “Thin Mint Haters: Rise against your cookie oppressors”

  1. Thorzdad says:

    My wife is an absolute freak for Thin Mints. Myself, I jones for Samoas as a special treat. However, for an every-day cookie-fix, my go-to GS cookie is the ever-reliable Trefoil. Nice, simple, tasty shortbread.

  2. clarkie604 says:

    It would be heaven to be the only Samoas lover in my family — then I wouldn’t have to share.

  3. TrollyMcTrollington says:

    4 boxes of Thin Mints at this year’s sale, yo.  All gone.

  4. Paul Coleman says:

    Three words. Frozen Thin Mints.

  5. Jack Kieffer says:

    American politics – I won’t vote for Obama because he likes thin mints.

    • BookGuy says:

       Add it to the growing list of quick and easy Presidential criteria:
      1. Would I like to have a beer with him?  If yes, then President.
      2. Does he eat Thin Mints, which we all know are cookies enjoyed by socialists?  If yes, then no President.

  6. billstewart says:

    We stopped buying Girl Scout cookies years ago when they started making the “butter cookies” with shortening instead.  These days my concern is that most of their cookies use palm oil, which is responsible for a lot of rainforest habitat destruction which endangers orangutans.  Thin mints were good, though.

  7. Christopher says:

    When Dairy Queen all-too briefly offered Girl Scout cookie Blizzards my wife sent me at least three times to pick up the Thin Mint versions for her…which I willingly did, because it gave me an excuse (like I needed one) to get one for myself.

    Fortunately at the time they weren’t offering a Samoa Blizzard, and I guess they haven’t yet. If they were I’d have been going there daily.

  8. LinkMan says:

    Samoas?  Coconut.  Ew.

  9. RedMonkey says:

    “c” is for cookie, and that’s good enough for me.

  10. yosemite says:

    Okay, I’m going to be “that guy”: Girl Scout cookies suck. Seriously. They taste like any old store-brand cookie, and their ingredients are shit. Go ahead–read the box. I’ll wait…. Pretty disappointing, huh? Especially with so many more delicious cookie options out there with better, simpler ingredients.

    • clarkie604 says:

      Don’t be that guy.  I mean, that guy who looks at cookie ingredients.  The only valid criteria for determining a good cookie is taste.  If there is something I should know about what I am eating other than how it tastes — I don’t want to know.

      • yosemite says:

        Couldn’t disagree more. I enjoy and appreciate my food even more when I know what’s in it AND it tastes awesome. Sugar, eggs, butter? Sign me up. Yellow 5 lake, blue 2 lake, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, corn syrup solids? No thanks.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        The only valid criteria for determining a good cookie is taste.

        That might be true if HFCS and fat weren’t effectively addictive drugs.

  11. Chip says:

    Samoas are the true king of girlscout cookies and here’s why:  They’re *only* available from the girlscouts.  For every other variety, there is a generic alternative available from any decent supermarket.  Like thin mints?  Keebler grasshoppers are the same thing.  Like tagalongs?  Walmart makes a decent copy under their “great value” brand.

    But if you like samoas (as all right-thinking Americans do), then you have to go to the girlscouts.  I’ve never seen a generic equivalent.  Nobody else has even attempted to duplicate the caramel and coconut perfection that comes in the purple box.  They *are* girlscout cookies, while everything else is just a rebranded commodity.

  12. Bob Knetzger says:

    I’m forever jonesing for the original Gils Scout mint cookies made by the  Johnston Cookie Company in MIlwaukee in the 1960′s.  A chocolate wafer topped by a 1/8″ thick layer of white mint fondant frosting (think Oreo filling, but mint) then all coated with rich chocolate. (insert Homer Simpson drool/growl sounds) “mint….chocolate…cookie…HUHuhhhhhhh….

    • waetherman says:

      I believe that’s what I remember from my childhood, though I wasn’t around (much) in the 60′s. How long were these made this way? Is the decline of the Thin Mint related to the change in recipe?

  13. MissCellania says:

    My girls always sold more Caramel DeLites than anything else.  But if you asked folks around here about Samoas, they would not know what you’re talking about. Thin Mints are the same in every area, so of course they will out-poll the others. Me, I crave Thin Mints!

  14. waetherman says:

    Is it just a coincidence that the Thin Mint is no longer the favorite Girl Scout cookie just as, for the first time in the US, we have become a nation that is majority non-white? Is it any surprise that the Samoa is now more popular (even though it changed its named to hide its heritage)? Are Tagalongs actually named for the native tongue of the Philippines? Was Obama trying to pander to the largely white audience by saying he liked Thin Mints?

    Race politics and cookies; why can’t the Girl Scouts make a Black and White cookie that everyone can love?

    • William Owen says:

      Cookie-pandering has been a thing in politics ever since Reagan had all of Carter’s leftover gingersnaps thrown away, declaring not even a hungry person would eat one.

      • waetherman says:

        And remember when Barbara Bush said of the people eating Fig Newtons in the Superdome “so many of them were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them”? 

        Every administration has their cookie kerfuffle I suppose. Which makes me wonder; why isn’t there a cookie called a Kerfuffle. I bet it would be delicious.

  15. SumAnon says:

    I spent so many years of my childhood hawking these damn cookies to earn money for my troop. So. Many. Years.

     Samoas were the best, IMO. Other brands (like Nabisco) make pretty good duplicates, but Samoas always had more coconut.

  16. Deidzoeb says:

    There could be other correlations at play here. Opponents of Thin Mints might be the kind of people who are more likely to boo at a President. Thin Mints are the most elitist* of Girl Scout cookies, so conservatives would naturally disdain them, and would be glad to have another reason to boo at Barry.

    * Levels of eliteness are determined by whatever currently serves the purposes of conservatives. See also the hubbub when John Kerry ordered green tea at a diner, after which conservatives discovered that green tea was even then widely available at their beloved Wal-marts.

  17. Marc Tompkins says:

    My favorite GS cookies always make me do my Oliver Twist impression:
    Please, sir, may I have Samoas?

  18. t3kna2007 says:

    The problem with Thin Mints is they make all the other Girl Scout cookies in the cabinet taste like mint.  One box of Thin Mints can ruin four or five boxes of trad shortbread.  That’s just evil.

    But I’m sure it gives the mint-eaters something to laugh about, with that mint-stuff all smeared around their mouths.

  19. Mordicai says:

     Samos are clearly the best, but Thin Mints are tied for second with the ones with peanut butter…what are they, Tagalongs?

  20. big ryan says:

    ive stopped buying girl scout cookies because every time some one is selling them to me, its a mom? where are the girlscouts? 

    ive decided that im not going to buy cookies from the scouts until they are cookies that are made by scouts and sold to me by scouts

    • relawson says:


      It really bothers me when people bring the form to work and just leave it in the break room. 

      That’s just cheating, IMO.

      • big ryan says:

        this past year ive seen the girl scout set up outside the grocery store selling cookies, but there were no scouts anywhere, it was just moms,,, what is this? the momscouts?

        • Well, you know, if you let the girls go door-to-door and take some agency with their cookie sales then A) they won’t win the sale competition and B) they’ll probably get abducted by perverts. 

          *FYI: I did all my own cookie sales door-to-door. I won my cookie sale competitions on a regular basis. I was never abducted by perverts. (Although, I may have cheated somewhat, because, for several years, I was selling cookies at the same time I was going around billing the newspaper subscribers on my paper route.) 

    • clarkie604 says:

      I really don’t want them made by scouts.  I mean, have you been in other people’s houses.  Sometimes its not pretty.  Plus, with homemade stuff, you really never know.  If it looks good, it might be good, it might also be bad.  I’d rather get my Samoas from a factory — because I know they’ll be good.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      They usually do it at the supermarket here, but it’s always children running the sale.  When I worked at the hospital, on the other hand, it was a non-stop barrage of co-workers selling candy bars and shit for their children’s schools.

  21. Chocolate is good to eat. Mint is good to eat.
    That said, mint tastes AWFUL combined with almost anything else. Ever try drinking OJ right after brushing your teeth?
    Thin Mints confuse the heck out of me. Those flavors do not belong together.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Mint is to toothpaste as cherry is to cough syrup.  Chocolate-orange is a better combination.

      • penguinchris says:

        I don’t get the chocolate & orange thing. It’s not inedibly bad to me but it isn’t particularly pleasant. Mint & chocolate definitely works.

    • siloxane says:

       I’ve always heard that it was the sodium lauryl sulfate in toothpaste that was responsible for screwing up your taste buds, not the minty fresh flavoring.

    • I’m a notorious alcoholic. One time, I was sitting at the bar, when the bartender offered me a “free drink.” It was a Fuzzy Navel, except that he’d accidentally substituted Creme de Menthe for Amaretto.

      Physical addiction has it’s limits.

      Re. GS Cookies: I’m a sucker for Pb&C, so all things considered, I’ll take a Tagalong. But, AFAIK, Krogers still sells bulk melting chocolate and natural peanut butter, so there are for more disgusting ways to be self-indulgent.

  22. user1234567 says:

    Don’t be a hater. 2 boxes of Samoas, 2 boxes of Thin Mints. Can’t we all just get along?

  23. I’m right there with you, Maggie!  Samoas all the way!  Have you ever tried the Keebler attempt at those cookies?  I bought a package when Girl Scout cookies were out of season, but it was a sad facsimile…

  24. B A says:

    Pedantry Alert!
    “There’s more of us then there are of them”
    I see this increasingly, and it drives me nuts, sorry.
    It should be “There’s more of us THAN there are of them”.
    Rant over.
    Carry on.

  25. The love of cookies should unite people.  Using cookies as yet another reason for social division is abuse.  Stop it.

  26. ymr049c says:

    I’d say Samoas are the (way) better cookie, but Thin Mints are the (way) better value proposition. They are pretty good, and you get so much more for the money that they are what I buy more of.

  27. ddh819 says:

    i could eat a whole box of thin mints right now

  28. sam1148 says:

    There’s a brand “Back to Nature” Fudge mint cookie that’s just like the thin mints—well a bit better. They also make a Classic Creme that’s like Oreos were before they cheeped out on the formula and ruined the filling and the cookie.

  29. CLamb says:

    I wonder which is the most popular Girl Scout cookie in Samoa?

  30. dalgoda7 says:

    Ohhhhh yeah.   This was damned good.    Lucky for me the wife *hates* coconut, so I had this one all to myself.

  31. franko says:

    “…are they made with REAL girl scouts?”

  32. Sekino says:

    I get a bit jealous whenever I hear Americans passionately discuss girl scout cookies…  Here in Canada, it’s either chemical-tasting chocolate-chocolate cream or cheap, powdery vanilla-vanilla cream.

    •  Fuck all that. Are you telling me that in Canada you don’t haave choice between HobNobs and other “digestive biscuits,”versus the whole Oreo/Nilla Wafer continuum? I’ve been to Canada and I’ve seen the whole spectrum of post-colonial mass-produced baked treats.

      • Sekino says:

        I’m talking about girl scout cookies specifically. Americans seem to have a rather special relationship with those, which we don’t get here. 

  33. MrJM says:

    People who boo Thin Mints should be banished to North Korea.

  34. TheMudshark says:

    Thin Mints can kiss my shiny metal ass.

  35. Ms. Anne Thrope says: Kitchen chemistry for Maggie:
    Homemade Samoas Recipe

    • chgoliz says:

      Excellent recipe.  And it shows WHY Samoas are the best: shortbread cookie topped by caramel and toasted coconut, drizzled with chocolate….what’s not to love?

      And now I’m thinking that the recipe would be that much easier and quicker to make if one didn’t bother with the rings but instead made them as regular round cookies.

  36. a1penguin says:

    I have lived in Massachusetts for a long time and have been eating Caramel Delights.  Last year, I bought some Samoas from a young cousin in VA thinking they were the same cookie.  Turns out that the Samoas are a far superior cookie to the Caramel Delights we get here.   Better chocolate, better caramel, better cookie base.   My wife says the Trefoils from VA are better than the Shortbreads we get here as well.   Still, I will buy whichever ones are available because I like supporting an open minded organization like the Girl Scouts.

  37. penguinchris says:

    I completely understand having a preference but I never understood the hate for the ones you don’t like. I can eat and enjoy any style girl scout cookie, but of course I do have a definite preference.

    Samoas are king, definitely. Next is Tagalongs. Probably thin mints next. They’re definitely good, but pretty boring compared to Samoas and Tagalongs. From there, I like the recently introduced lemon-flavored ones which the internet says are called Lemonades. The rest I would eat but wouldn’t buy, including the ultra-boring Trefoil/Shortbread ones.

    I don’t think I’ve ever purchased girl scout cookies myself, actually, but an ex-girlfriend I was with for many years had girl scouts running deep in the family and I got more than my fill each year. I was the only person who liked Samoas – their whole family doesn’t like coconut for some reason – so they got some for me each time (they must have bought a hundred boxes or so each year).

    If I buy things like cookies for myself I get fat, fast. However at this point I haven’t had them in a few years so I might have to pick some up next time I see them.

  38. pjcamp says:

    Do-si-Dos rock.

    I was on jury duty once with someone who made Thin Mint clones out of Ritz crackers. Looked weird, tasted the same. I haven’t been able to take them seriously since.

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