Death By Girl Scout Cookies – Losing Weight

Girl Scout cookie season is upon us and I was determined not to buy boxes and boxes of cookies this year. However, I was a Girl Scout as a little girl and believe in supporting the cause. So, I decided to purchase one box, and one box only.

No, I did not purchase those gooey, luscious, striped, caramel and coconut covered Samoas that I love so well. Nor did I fall prey to purchasing those silky tasting Thin Mints. Nope. I was determined to be smarter and wiser this year, seriously focus on my commitment to losing some weight. I purchased the Shortbread cookie that has a thin layer of chocolate on the back – my least tempting ones. My daughter and my niece love chocolate. Either or both were bound to want these cookies. I was feeling rather proud of myself… what a thoughtful mother/aunt I am.

Hah! As fate would have it, both were happy about my purchase until they found out it was the Girl Scout Shortbread cookies. “Any kind but those” they said almost simultaneously. No worries, I thought. I shall give them away to a friend. Day after day those cookies sat on my kitchen counter, beckoning and calling my name each time I walked past. I have GOT to get these cookies out of my house! They are going to be the death of me!

A week passed. Then another. Working on a project at my kitchen table around 1:30am one morning, I got an uncontrollable urge for ‘something sweet’. You guessed it! I unabashedly opened that box and ate two of those cookies. Darn, Sherry. You’ve got to be strong. Now I thought, how can I give anyone a partial box of cookies (Isn’t it amazing how we can rationalize anything if we think about it long enough?). As the other side of fate would have it, a couple more days passed, and those cookies didn’t live to see the light of day outside of my house. Once I opened the box, those cookies didn’t stand a chance!

Lesson learned. While I do believe in supporting causes, I can simply make a donation and walk away… without the cookies in hand. I can also choose to NOT bring sweets and tempting goodies into my home… free choice/free will. Final lesson, getting an insufficient amount of rest can derail your will power.

Have you ever fallen hard for the taste of Girl Scout cookies? Let me hear from you.

Girl Scout Cookies Have a Long and Delicious History

Girl Scout cookies have been around more than 90 years. It’s been quite a wild — and delicious — ride!

The Earliest Girl Scout Cookies Were Homemade

Girl Scout Cookies started out in the kitchens of the girl scout members with mothers volunteering as technical advisers. The sale of cookies as a way to raise money for troop activities began as early as 1917, on the brink of the first World War and just five years after Juliette Gordon Low created the Girl Scouts.

Sensing a good thing, in 1922 the official Girl Scouts magazine, American Girl, included a cookie recipe that was given to the council’s 2,000 Girl Scouts. It put the cost of ingredients for six- to seven-dozen cookies at 26 to 36 cents. The cookies could then be sold by troops for 25 or 30 cents per dozen to raise money.

Through the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scout cookies continued to be made in the homes. These cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker, and sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.

From the Girl Scout’s Website here is one of those early recipes:

AN EARLY GIRL SCOUT COOKIE RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar plus additional amount for topping (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder

Directions:

  1. Cream butter and the cup of sugar
  2. Add well-beaten eggs, then milk, vanilla, flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Roll dough, cut into trefoil shapes.
  5. Sprinkle sugar on top, if desired.
  6. Bake in a quick oven (375°) for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.

Makes six- to seven-dozen cookies.

Out of the Kitchens

In 1933 Philadelphia Girl Scouts baked cookies and sold them in the city’s gas and electric company windows. This proved so successful that in 1934 Greater Philadelphia became the first council to sell commercially baked cookies.

In 1935 the Girl Scout Federation of Greater New York followed suit. Buying its own die in the shape of a trefoil, the group used the words Girl Scout Cookies on the box.

In 1936 the national Girl Scout organization began to license the first commercial bakers to produce cookies that would be sold by girls in Girl Scout councils. The love of Girl Scout Cookies soon spread nationwide.

During World War II, when sugar, flour and butter were in short supply, Girl Scouts sold calendars to raise money for their activities.

After the War the scouts went back to the beloved cookies and by 1948 a total of 29 bakers throughout the nation were baking Girl Scout Cookies. At this time they came in just three varieties: Sandwich, Shortbread and the every popular Chocolate Mints (now known as Thin Mints). The 1950’s and 60’s brought the suburb and shopping malls giving the girls a new venue to sell their cookies.

Baby boomers swelled the Girl Scout membership in the 1960’s as well as cookie sales. In 1960, bakers first began wrapping Girl Scout Cookie boxes in printed aluminum foil or cellophane to protect the cookies and preserve their freshness and in 1966 Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies were added.

Girl Scout Cookies are Still Delicious Today

In the fall of 2000 new box designs were introduced which show girls having fun and growing strong. A maximum of eight varieties are made by each baker including three mandatory ones (Thin Mint, Peanut Butter Sandwich, and Shortbread).

When you see the girls outside a grocery, at the mall or at you door, buy a box or three. It supports a good cause and carries on a proud — and delicious — tradition.

From Wikipedia — The best selling Girl Scout cookies are:

  • Thin Mints (25% of total sales)
  • Caramel DeLites or Samoas (19%)
  • Peanut Butter Patties or Tagalongs (13%)
  • Peanut Butter Sandwiches or Do-si-dos (11%)
  • Shortbread or Trefoils (9%)

Girl Scout Cookies Cause Global Warming

I refuse to eat Girl Scout cookies (GSC) because a new study indicates that these cookies are now a leading cause of Global Warming.

Don’t take it from me; listen to the experts:

Some guy in some lab in some institute in Washington had this to say: “Pollution is one of the biggest man-made problems. Burning fossil fuels is one thing that causes pollution. Fossil fuels are fuels made of organic matter such as coal, or oil. When fossil fuels are burned they give off a green house gas called CO2. Girl Scout cookies are made with oil.”

Al Gore had this to say: “Another major man-made cause of Global Warming is population. More people means more Girl Scout cookies, and more methods of transportation to distribute those Girl Scout cookies. The more sales of Girl Scout cookies, the more distribution, the more damage we do to increase the threat of Global Warming.”

The stats speak for themselves:

– 20% increase of America’s carbon dioxide emissions from Girl Scout cookies since 1990.
– 15% increase of America’s carbon dioxide emissions forecasted by 2020 if we do not cap the sale of Girl Scout cookies.
– 80% decrease in Girl Scout cookies required by 2050 to prevent the worst consequences of global warming.

I have posted signs all around the office to inform the uninformed and promote this critical environmental cause.

Although my efforts to obliterate GSC sales every year tend to be very successful on my floor, there are still those who somehow ignore my slashed Double Stuff Oreo prices and still pay full price for Samoas and Thin Mints to support whatever cause these little girls are peddling. And that’s what bothers me the most. It’s not the little girls doing the selling; it’s their parents bothering me at work so that their daughters don’t have to do the work.

For those who actually bought GSC, their orders have arrived. Well, I for one cannot idly stand by and let them enjoy eating those cookies, so I have decided to create some hysteria and controversy. Apart from religion, the easiest way to control people with guilt and panic is to attach global warming to whatever you want to ban.

Feel free to try this at your place of employment. Works like a charm.