Who doesn’t love the fan favorite of Girl Scout Cookies…the Thin Mint? According to the Girl Scout website, the Thin Mint is consistently one of the best selling cookies year after year.
Every year, I think “no more Girl Scout cookies” and every year I cave. See…I have a love-hate relationship with Girl Scout Cookies. On one hand, they taste soooo good and only come once a year. On the other hand, they are made with inferior ingredients.
I understand why big corporations haven’t change their ingredients… they only care about the bottom line; not about their customers, not about the health of society. But, because the Girl Scouts mission is to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place“, I feel they should be taking a lead in getting rid of ingredients such as High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Oils, artifical colors and flavors. So, in my mind they function like a big uncaring money-hungry corporation, not one that empowers girls to “develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.”
So how can you get the great taste of thin mints without the guilt? Back to Nature Fudge Mint cookies. They taste just like GS Thin Mints but without the low quality ingredients. THey contain NO partially hydrogenated oils, NO High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Below are the nutritional facts of Back to Nature vs the two companies that make the Girl Scout Cookies; ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers.
So, I do plan to do a taste test with my family once my Thin Mints arrive later this month and see if they can tell the difference between GS and Back to Nature cookies or which they think are better.
For my money, since they are about the same price, I will stick with Back to Nature and ingredients I can feel good about.
Support your local Girl Scouts for the girls’ sake. If you are a Girl Scout, think about putting pressure on the higher up’s to change their ingredients. They already cost the same as organic cookies, why not match the quality.
These girls should be able to be proud of the products they are selling.
These cookies should be the best.
These girls deserve that.