Girl Scout cookie season is something thousands of cookie-lovers look forward to every year, despite the controversy the organization has met in recent years for using ingredients like palm oil. Likewise, when the Girl Scouts introduce a new cookie (or candy bar!), there's a fair amount of intrigue.
For the 2013 season, the Girl Scouts have introduced Mango Creme cookies, which at first glance looks like a nice addition to their repertoire. The cookie sandwich features a mango-flavored filling amongst vanilla and coconut cookie shells. The full title of the cookie is actually "Mango Cremes With Nutrifusion™." What is Nutrifusion™, you wonder? It is a combination of various ingredients and concentrates that provide some vitamins. Jezebel refers to it as "bullshit."
Let's be clear here -- even with Nutrifusion™, the Mango Cremes are still a cookie, not some sort of magical health food. In fact, a serving of three cookies gives you 20 percent of your daily saturated fat intake. While there is no high fructose corn syrup, there is palm oil, along with "nutrients from natural whole food concentrate of (cranberry, pomegranate, orange, grape, strawberry, shitake mushrooms)." We're guessing that's where the Nutrifusion™ comes in.
Health-wise, the Mango Cremes With Nutrifusion™ are slightly healthier than some other Girl Scout cookies (roughly three Mango Cremes are equivalent to two Tagalongs, based on saturated fat intake). The Girl Scouts claim the cookies feature "better for you" benefits thanks to the 15 percent Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of Vitamin B1 and 5 percent RDI of Vitamins A, C, D, E, and B6 per serving."
These cookies may be delicious (we haven't tried them), but there's no need to force a square peg in a round hole here -- the "nutrients derived from fruits" don't suddenly turn a cookie into the health-equivalent of eating an apple. Let's just let a cookie be a cookie.
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Samoas have been offered since the mid-1970s. They are the second most-popular Girl Scout cookie, no doubt thanks to the caramel-coconut-chocolate triple threat.
Do-Si-Dos Or Peanut Butter Sandwich
Do-Si-Dos have an oatmeal cookie outside with a peanut butter inside. At Little Brownie Bakers, peanut butter cream is deposited on the Do-Si-Dos at the rate of 2,800 per minute.
Tagalongs Or Peanut Butter Patties
Tagalongs are the third most popular cookie, and another one that has been around for many decades. They are among the top 10 best selling cookies in America. Tagalongs have a chocolate outside with a layer of peanut butter on the inside.
Thank U Berry Munch
Thank U Berry Munch was a new cookie in 2010. Cranberries provide some tartness while white fudge chips add sweetness.
Lemonades were introduced in 2006; they are a shortbread cookie with lemon icing.
Dulce De Leche
The Dulce De Leche cookie has milk caramel chips. Dulce de leche, a popular Latin American dessert, is made by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulce_de_leche" target="_hplink">heating sweetened milk</a>.
These lemony half-moons are dusted with a healthy helping of powdered sugar. Savannah Smiles are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/09/savannah-smiles-girl-scout-cookies_n_1194158.html" target="_hplink">new for 2012</a>, but are very similar to Lemon Coolers, a retired cookie.
The Thanks-A-Lot cookies "speak" five different languages: English, French, Chinese, Swahili or Spanish. There is a layer of fudge at the bottom of this shortbread cookie; the cookies were introduced in 2006.
Trefoils Or Shortbread
This shortbread cookie is shaped like the Girl Scouts' trefoil. Fancy that.
Nothing like biting down on a Belgian-style caramelized cookie with encouraging words. These cookies were introduced last year and bear the words: Lead, Believe, Create, Build, Learn, Act, Change or Inspire.
Thin Mints are the top selling Girl Scout cookie. During peak baking times, Little Brownie Bakers bakes over 4.5 million Thin Mints per day.