As Girl Scout Cookie Week draws to a close, let's talk about leftovers. Maybe you went a little milkshake crazy, or maybe you were guilted into buying an extra four boxes that you don't dare open, lest they be gone by tomorrow. Girl Scout cookies are a little like tribbles. Cute and fun in small batches, but downright dangerous if they linger.
'Thin Mints' on Serious Eats
Fair warning: this is some really rich chocolate ice cream. It's plenty dark, and so pumped with chocolate that it melts more into pudding than custard. The mint keeps things light enough, but a little of this goes a long way.
In honor of Girl Scout Cookie Week—and who am I kidding, the upcoming Mad Men Season 5 premiere—I wanted to take my favorite cookie and give it a decidedly 1960's dessert treatment, parfait-style, layering liquor-laced Grasshopper pie filling with my beloved Thin Mints.
Minty Grasshopper pie filling layered with whipped cream and a Thin Mint cookie crust.
As a native New Yorker, no one appreciates better than I the pain of living in a Girl Scout Cookie desert. While my cousins in New Jersey and Connecticut ate Thin Mints and Do-Si-Dos like they were common Oreos, I would carefully portion out the one box of Samoas which my father would procure for me from a coworker who commuted in from Long Island.
A few days ago, we heard whispers of a candy-cookie hybrid so brilliant that we wondered how no one had thought of it before: The Nestle Crunch Bar with Thin Mints. It makes perfect sense. Bubbly, crispy milk chocolate is the perfect match for the lightly minty wafer cookies. But no one seemed able to confirm the existence of the bar and we worried that, like our desire for a Honey Bunches of Oats ice cream, it was all just a dream.
It's that time of the year again. Girl Scout cookies. Locate the closest coworker with a scout daughter, or a friend who knows one. This year there's even a Girl Scout Locator app. WHERE THE COOKIES AT?! We stopped to reflect on our favorite flavors. Some of us, gasp, had never eaten a Girl Scout cookie before. Find out who in the slideshow. And we want to know: what are your favorites?
First things first: the Girl Scouts are not discontinuing Thin Mints (or Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Lemon Chalet Cremes, Trefoils, or Tagalongs). Deep breaths. But our condolences go out to the fans of flavors like Dulce de Leche. To cut costs and increase revenue, 12 regional Girl Scout councils are selling just six varieties of cookies this year.
Combine ice cream and Girl Scout cookies and you've captured my complete attention. Dreyer's (what's branded as Edy's in the eastern part of the United States) features three limited-edition flavors (available January through April) based on the most popular Girl Scout cookies: Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs. But are they really as good as the DIY technique of crumbling up your own frozen Girl Scout cookies over a bowl of ice cream?
Smug, smug little Girl Scouts. Those sweet-looking sugar-pushers can be found all over this time of year, lurking outside drugstores and markets with their addictive little missives of sweet cookies. Oh, they seem so friendly and accommodating now. But what happens in a month or so, when they're gone and you've got a serious jonesing for some Samoas or Thin Mints? You make your own, that's what you do.