If you can’t wait any longer for your Thin Mint fix, you’re in luck.
Girl Scout cookies will be back on the streets of Champaign-Urbana starting on Friday, Feb. 10, and here’s some really big news: Samoas and Tagalongs are back.
That’s right – the cookies you loved as a kid have returned to the Girl Scout cookie arsenal. Well, the reality is that they never left, but now traditionalists will be able to have a box that matches the name of their favorite cookie.
Don’t know what I’m talking about? Well, here’s the deal: the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois have switched bakers for this year’s cookie sale. The 2017 baker (Little Brownie Bakers) offers Samoas and Tagalongs instead of Carmel de Lites and Peanut Butter Patties, the traditional names that many Girl Scout aficionados prefer. More name swaps: peanut butter sandwiches are Do-Si-Dos, and shortbread cookies are Trefoils.
What else do you need to know about this year’s sale?
– To celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts, there will be a new S’mores cookie. I had a taste of one and I wasn’t too impressed, but word is that the S’mores cookies will be big sellers. I know my daughter’s troop was stocking up. (One word: marketing).
– Some cookies have disappeared from the menu. Sorry, Thanks-a-lot and Lemonades fans: those cookies won’t be sold in our region this year. Neither will be Cranberry Crisps, but I’m not sure anyone will miss them.
– Good news: There will be a gluten-free cookie this year, that’s new (and fairly good), billed as “rich, buttery cookies packed with golden toffee bits bursting with flavor. Bad news: it costs more than the other cookies, $5 a box.
– If you like the lemon flavor, try the new Savannah Smiles, “Crisp, zesty lemon wedge cookies dusted with powdered sugar.”
– I think the Thin Mints taste different. Who agrees? (Comment below).
Don’t know a local Girl Scout? Don’t worry! There will be Girl Scouts selling cookies at many places, including Market Place Mall, Sam’s and others. Troops: feel free to post your booth dates in the comments below.