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Attention: The Girl Scouts Have Come Out With a Thin Mint Ice Cream Sandwich

Attention: The Girl Scouts Have Come Out With a Thin Mint Ice Cream Sandwich

Girl Scouts of the USA partnered up with Good Humor to bring you this king of ice cream sandwiches

We thought there was no way to improve the sacred Thin Mint. We were wrong.

It’s Girl Scout cookie season, a.k.a. With the return of Samoas, Thin Mints, and Tagalongs comes even better news: the Girl Scouts have teamed up with Good Humor to come out with Thin Mint ice cream sandwiches: a mint chocolate ice cream patty enrobed in dark chocolate. In case you were wondering, this is indisputable proof that there is an ice cream God, and he is benevolent.

It sounds like it’s time to hop on over to ShopRite or Target, the only two grocery store locations where the frozen creations have been spotted thus far, according to the Impulsive Buy. A box of six will cost you $3.50, less than a regular box of Thin Mints, which these days goes for around $4.

Breyers sells cartons of ice cream with chunks of Girl Scout cookies inside, but something tells us that the Thin Mint ice cream sandwiches will be remembered for generations to come. Girl Scout honor.


Thin Mint and Bailey’s Chocolate Float

Is it possible for ice cream to make all things better? Perhaps and perhaps I might appear to be finding solace in a cliche. But I assure you, I’m not. If you’re wondering what the hell I’m referring to, take a look at how Hollywood films like to portray women finding comfort in a pint ice cream after a break up. Well I just had a break-up, but it was with my work. The ice cream float is not a drowning of sorrows, but a celebration for things to come.

Thin Mint and Bailey's Ice Cream Float

A great thank you to C.O. who I had termed the office “Dealer” and M.M. for being the enabler by sending out the email letting us know she found a source for our annual feeding-fest and hoarding of Girl Scout cookies. And a big thank you to all my office mates who became my friends.

So while I will miss lunch and the daily 3:00pm runs for coffee and tea with you, A.E, C.G., D.O, H.D. M.M., I will be finding today’s afternoon pick-up in this little bit of gluttony. It’s an ice cream float stacked with Bailey’s Irish Cream, chocolate ice cream, vanilla cream soda and a whole lot of crushed Thin Mints. Here’s a big cheers and thank you to you guys, my boss, G.F. those I supported, J.B., M.H, E.K. and everyone I worked with who so postively impacted my life!

With that I’m happy to say I’m excited see where this new adventure takes me next.


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Dunkin' Oreo Coolatta

Oreo cookies are all about the "dunk". That is the act of submerging the crisp chocolate and cream-filled cookie in ice-cold milk. So, it was logically only going to be a matter of time before Oreos and Dunkin' Donuts crossed paths. The blessed union finally took place in 2015 when Dunkin' introduced a series of cookie-flavored iced coffees, frozen drinks, and cookie-related desserts including the Oreo frozen Coolata.

A rich creamy blend of coffee, chocolate, cream, and ice all blended together like a smoothie, the Oreo Coolata also had another amazing trait Dunkin' customers instantly loved: tiny chunks of Oreo cookies called "mix-in's" that were blended into every sip of the drink.

Sadly, the Oreo Coolata's life was short and it was axed in 2017 (via Business Insider). As a modern mainstay on the Dunkin' menu, the flavors of Coolatas, which are basically sweet icy dessert shakes, change frequently as the company shuffles through various seasonal and special options in an attempt to keep consumer interest high. Some return year after year, while others, like the Oreo Coolata, exist only for a brief and precious time, never to grace our parched and craving lips again.


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout cookies are widely loved but also widely misunderstood. Let’s clear up some misconceptions now, and give you a bit of conversation fodder to drop at your next dinner party or date.

Who invented Girl Scout Cookies?

Girl Scouts, obviously. The very first cookie sale was held in 1917 by a troop in Oklahoma, and it quickly caught on: A few years later the Girl Scouts magazine published a cookie recipe, encouraging troops to bake for fundraisers. In the beginning, the Scouts baked their own sugar cookies and sold them door-to-door it wasn’t until the late 1930s that they began contracting commercial bakers to produce the cookies en masse.

When is Girl Scout Cookie season?

The exact timing depends on where you live, but generally speaking it occurs for only six to eight weeks each year. The majority of cookie sales are held between January and April, but some troops begin slinging cookies as early as September. The Girl Scout Council of Greater New York will start selling this year’s cookie supply a couple weeks before Christmas, while the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas will launch their sale in mid-January, just to name a couple examples. (Find out when they go on sale in your area here.)

Where can I buy them?

Good question. The Girl Scouts website has a handy cookie locator that will help you track them down by entering your zipcode. In general, Girl Scouts tend to set up shop outside high-traffic areas frequented by people who probably like cookies — think grocery stores and big-box stores such as Target and Walmart.

Even better, in 2014 the Scouts launched online ordering, though it’s not quite as simple as say, using Amazon Prime they’re still only available during the six-to-eight week cookie season, and in order to purchase cookies you’ve first got to get an email invite from an actual Girl Scout (meaning late-night impulse cookie purchases are basically impossible).

Who makes Girl Scout Cookies?

Sadly, they are no longer personally baked by the Girl Scouts themselves. Every Girl Scout Cookie sold in America is produced by one of two big bakeries: Little Brownie Bakers (which is actually a subsidiary of Keebler), or ABC Smart Cookies. Troops choose which baker they purchase from, and each baker makes them using slightly different recipes and different names. That’s right, Peanut Butter Patties and Tagalongs are basically the same thing from different companies, as are Caramel DeLites and Samoas, and Peanut Butter Sandwiches and Do-Si-Dos. (Thin Mints are Thin Mints no matter where you are in the country, though.)

What flavors do they come in?

The current lineup of flavors is as follows:

Thin Mints: a crispy chocolate-mint wafer coated in chocolate

Samoas: crispy coconut and caramel-coated ring-shaped cookies with chocolatey stripes

Tagalongs: crunchy cookies topped with a layer of peanut butter and dipped in chocolate

Trefoils: shortbread cookies

Do-Si-Dos: a peanut butter sandwich cookie

Lemonades: lemon-iced shortbread cookies

Savannah Smiles: another lemon cookie coated in powdered sugar

Thanks-a-Lots: shortbread cookies with a layer of fudge on one side

Trios: a gluten-free chocolate chip-peanut butter-oatmeal cookie

Toffee-tastics: a gluten-free buttery toffee cookie

This year to celebrate the Girl Scouts’ centennial, two different varieties of cookies inspired by the classic campfire treat the s’more are also being introduced: a graham cookie coated in creme icing and coated in chocolate, and a graham sandwich cookie with a chocolate-marshmallow filling.

Which Girl Scout Cookie flavor is the best?

While many will argue that the top Girl Scout cookie is the cool, chocolatey Thin Mint, the crispy, creamy, sweet and just-a-little-bit-salty peanut butter and chocolate Tagalongs may actually be the queen of all cookies, Girl Scout or otherwise. The caramel and coconut Samoas also have hordes of devoted fans. Those are easily the top three flavors, and after that there’s a sharp drop-off: Trefoils are boring old shortbread Savannah Smiles are lemon and really, who gets excited about lemon cookies? The peanut butter sandwiches known as Do-Si-Dos are weirdly dry and crumbly and a little bit bland and many of the others aren’t even worth mentioning. Stick with the top three and you won’t go wrong. (Pro tip: Thin Mints and Tagalongs are fantastic straight from the freezer.)

Where does all the cookie money go?

Proceeds from cookie sales are distributed amongst the Girl Scouts at three different levels. Only around 20 percent or less of the cost of that box of Samoas actually goes to the troop you purchase them from, and they might use it for community service projects or troop activities. The bulk of it goes to the regional council, which uses the cookie money to support its local troops by funding programming or supporting summer camps. None of the profits from cookie sales go to the national Girl Scouts organization, but they still get their cut: They earn royalties from the bakers who produce the cookies, and also make money off partnerships with big food brands who want to use the Girl Scouts name (more on that below).

How can I get Girl Scout Cookies out of season?

You can’t, unless maybe you find some scalper on Craigslist who keeps stock in their freezer year-round. If you’re really jonesing for a GSC fix, knockoffs can be found in the cookie aisle from both Keebler’s and Walmart’s Great Value brand that approximate Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs — but they’re not as tasty as the real thing, and perhaps more importantly, they lack the charitable aspect that comes along with buying direct from the Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scouts have collaborated with a number of food companies on GSC-inspired products, however, including Breyers ice cream, Coffeemate coffee creamer, and Friendly’s ice cream cakes, and in January, General Mills will launch a limited edition line of Girl Scout Cookie cereals in Thin Mint and Samoa flavors. (There’s also a strain of marijuana called Girl Scout Cookies, but that’s a decidedly unauthorized use of the GSC name.)

Like many wonderful things in life, Girl Scout Cookies are fleeting — and really, waiting 10 months for them to come back in season makes them taste all the better.


Where to find a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie milkshake, plus a recipe for a boozy version

Hopdoddy Burger Bar has a limited edition Girl Scout cookie milkshake featuring Thin Mints.

After you’ve had your fun pairing wine with your favorite Girl Scout cookies, you may find yourself in need of some dessert. That’s where the Girl Scout cookie milkshake comes in. And no, there’s no wine in this milkshake (you should be ashamed of yourself).

Hopdoddy, a burger chain with three locations in Southern California (El Segundo, Playa Vista and Newport Beach), has teamed up with the Girl Scouts of America to create a Thin Mints milkshake.

The drink features house-made vanilla ice cream, a sweet mint white chocolate sauce and crumbles of Thin Mint cookies. It’s topped with a mound of whipped cream and more Thin Mint cookie pieces.

The milkshake is $6 and will be available until Feb. 14 — or, for those of us who pay attention to these sorts of things, Valentine’s Day.

And while wine in a milkshake may be the worst idea ever (we’re looking at you, Red Robin), Irish whiskey is another story. The Drunken Girl Scout, a boozy milkshake by bartender extraordinaire Julian Cox, incorporates Thin Mint cookies and Irish whiskey. (Cox is behind some of the best bar programs in the city, including those at Redbird, Las Perla’s, Bestia (when it opened), Petty Cash and Barrel & Ashes.) Find the recipe below.

Total time: 10 minutes | Serves: 1

Note: Adapted from Julian Cox.

2 scoops chocolate ice cream

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

1 ounce Irish whisky, preferably Powers

1/2 ounce creme de menthe, preferably Tempus Fugit

1/2 ounce Fernet Branca-Menta

1 ounce crushed Thin Mints

Chocolate sauce, for garnish

Thin Mint cookie, for garnish

In a blender, blend the chocolate ice cream, vanilla ice cream, whiskey, creme de menthe, Fernet Branca-Menta and crushed Thin Mints. Swirl chocolate sauce around the inside of a Mason jar and pour in the shake. Garnish with a mint sprig and Thin Mint.

Hopdoddy El Segundo, 830 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #116, El Segundo, (310) 414-2337

Hopdoddy Playa Vista, 12746 Jefferson Blvd. #1120, Playa Vista, (310) 410-2337

Hopdoddy Newport Beach, 401 Newport Center Dr. #311, Newport Beach, (949) 640-2337, www.hopdoddy.com.

I like my Thin Mints straight out of the freezer. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @Jenn_Harris_


A great way to use Girl Scout Cookies!

I’m obsessed with Girl Scout® Cookies and so is my family. Our top favorites are Samoas and Thin Mints! And after making these Samoa-filled brownie ice cream bars, I knew I had to make another frozen dessert with our other favorite Girl Scout cookie — Thin Mints.

These Thin Mint Cheesecake bars are smooth, creamy, minty, and sweet. The consistency is a mix of soft ice cream and a no-bake cheesecake. It’s also incredibly quick and easy to assemble the only hard part is waiting for them to set up overnight in the freezer!


Ingredients

CHOCOLATE COOKIE

  • 3/4 cup almond flour (the best sub would be a gluten-free flour blend on its own or mixed with some oat flour – however, we haven't tested this and can't guarantee the results)
  • 3 Tbsp tapioca starch (also called tapioca flour // some readers have subbed arrowroot starch successfully!)
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp solid refined coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract

CHOCOLATE COATING

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chunks (such as Enjoy Life)
  • 2 tsp refined coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract

Instructions

Video

Notes

Nutrition (1 of 14 servings)

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All the Girl Scout Cookies I've Loved Before

Seven discontinued Girl Scout Cookies that should make a comeback.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: The seven Girl Scout cookies available are the newest, Girl Scout S'mores, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Savannah Smiles and top seller Thin Mints photographed January 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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With the end of Girl Scout Cookie season approaching, it’s time to stock up on Samoas and Tagalongs. Naturally, a lot has changed since the first troop started selling homemade butter cookies in 1917. In 1934, the Girl Scout organization turned to commercial baking, spawning off an entire line of branded sugary treats. But in the world of Girl Scout Cookies, not every recipe can enjoy the perennial success of Thin Mints (originally called Cooky-Mint) which disappeared during World War II due to flour, sugar and butter rationing, only to return as an all-time best-seller.

But what about the varieties that didn’t stick around? Here are seven discontinued Girl Scout Cookies that deserve a second chance — and taste.

Kookaburra (Early ’80s)

Often compared to a Kit Kat/Twix hybrid, Kookaburras were created by dipping a crispy rice wafer and layer of caramel into milk chocolate. Since they disappeared in the early ’80s, nostalgic obsessives have been known to post copycat recipes online.

Juliettes (1984-85 and 1993-1996)

Named for Girl Scout founder Juliette Low, these cookies made a brief comeback after an even briefer introduction in the ‘80s. Consisting of a fudge coating and thick, gooey layer of caramel and pecans, Juliettes were almost more of a candy than baked good.

Le’Chip (1996-1997)

This short-lived cookie — chocolate chip with a hazelnut twist — had a small but devoted fan base. Washington Post journalist Bob Levey even wrote an opinion column about their demise. "I never sprang for any other flavor," he said. "Everything else is tied for second place."

Upside Downs (1999)

A crunchy version of Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies, Upside Downs were essentially a frosted oatmeal cookie with a bite.

Cinna-Spins (2008)

Pre-packaged, 100-calorie snack bags reached peak popularity in the late 2000s, and the Girls Scouts stayed on trend with Cinna-Spins. But customers were looking for something more indulgent, and these health packs didn’t last long.

Dulce de Leche (2009-2014)

Inspired by the classic Latin American dessert, these bite-sized cookies were packed with milk caramel chips. A victim of the economy, they continue to be missed by hungry fans.

Savannah Smiles (2011-2019)

The Girl Scouts often experiment with citrus-flavored cookies, and Savannah Smiles enjoyed a particularly long run. Dusted in powdered sugar and packed with lemon zest, they were named after Savannah, Georgia (where the Girl Scouts began) and the Brownie Smile song.


This campfire classic joined the Girl Scout line last year and became the most popular flavor to launch in Girl Scout history. Note, because the Girl Scouts contract with two different bakeries, there are two versions of this cookie, and only one is vegan. Look for the chocolate-covered ones made by ABC Bakers. It’s a sweet and crunchy graham cracker cookie dipped in icing and drenched in chocolate. Enjoy a s’more anytime, no flames required!


Watch the video: Robot Chicken - Tasting a Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie (January 2022).