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Girl Scout Cookies

Oh my goodness! Its that time of year again! Ugh! Its so hard. They come at the worst time. Just when the holidays are over and you've been back on track for like a month and then WAM! They're here!

Are these a down fall for anyone else?

And, whats your favorite one?

Mine are the thin mints, all abouts, and tagalongs. Ü

Wed. Feb 21, 9:47am

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Thin mints for me!! I was already stressing out about them,going to the grocery and having to deal with the adorable girl scouts faces if I say "NOthanks" LOL!!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 9:53 AM

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I bought their new product this year - sugar-free brownie bites. Let me tell you - they are trouble! They're like little chocolate crackers; it seems like a serving would be like 10. But, a serving is 4, and is like 140 cals or something!

They're okay, but not as good as the "oreos" in the 100-cal snack pack, and you don't get as much food in a serving. Just thought I'd let others know...

Oh, and it actually says on the box, "This food is not a weight-loss product" or something like that!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 10:00 AM

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i think about it like they are trying to sell me back all the weight i've lost, all wrapped up in a nice little box, diguised as a tasty treat....

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 2:13 PM

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As a former girlscout for many years as a kid, please appreciate how many fond memories I have of GS cookies, and how hard it is to say something like this.

Three years ago I bought nine boxes. But this year and last year I have bought zero.

But frankly, GS cookies are not as good as they used to be, or as good as I want them to be. Processed sugar covered in carnuba wax is more like it. If you want to give money to the Girl Scouts, awesome, please do so. But if you don't buy the cookies, they won't be there to tempt you and nor will you need to record them in your PT log.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 3:05 PM

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way to go 3:05!!
i don't even let myself THINK about buying girlscout cookies... i can't trust myself around cookies.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 3:28 PM

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Funny, I bought 3 boxes - tagalongs, thin mints, and sugar-free brownie bites (I'm the 10:00AM poster); I received them about a week ago, and so far, I've eaten exactly 1 brownie bite and 2 thin mints. The tagalongs are still unopened. After all this time on PeerTrainer, having them around just seems like not that big a deal. Also, the brownie bites aren't that good; the thin mints are in the freezer, and the tagalongs are so many damn calories that it's hard to justify even one!

Hopefully hubby will eat some. Otherwise, we'll have girl scout cookies year-round!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 3:35 PM

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My Mom is 79 years old and says that, in her day, the girl scouts had to cook and sell their own cookies. Truly, the GS cookies are not as good as they used to be.

I had an eye-opener a few years ago. I volunteered to be the cookie chairman for my daughter's troop. When all was said and done, I was appalled that the girls (and I) worked so hard to sell so many cookies and the lion's share of the proceeds went to the organization, and not to the troop. My warm fuzzy feelings kind of dropped off after that. But it's still hard to say no to those sweet innocent eyes.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 3:37 PM

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I was a Girl Scout for 13 years and, thanks to a phenomenal leader, loved every minute of it. I sold my little heart out for years only to learn that the actually troop gets something like 10 cents a box (this was about 8 years ago). Our last year we took a trip to New York CIty (having raised the funds by other means). One of our many stops was Girl Scout headquarters... on FIFTH AVENUE. Wonder how many of my cookies went to pay for one square inch? Not bitter though! It was a great part of my childhood.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 3:42 PM

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OH GOD!! Is it that time of year again!! I love Tagalongs and Samoas. Those cute little kids get me every time too!! I'll just have to avoid all grocery stores for a little while!! LOL!! :)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 3:53 PM

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I know that our troops (in NE) get $0.50 per box out of the $3.50 selling price. The rest goes to our council office. I don't know what percentage of that is split between our council office and GSUSA, but you are right - the troops only get a pittance and we do ALL of the work for it (I'm a troop leader who just picked up >1500 boxes of cookies this afternoon, so perhaps I'm a bit jaded right now).

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 4:18 PM

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Our troop also keeps about 50 cents per box, and they're $4 out here in California. I remember looking at the breakdown of the costs, and there's about $1 that goes toward advertising/rewards/bakery costs, and the other $2.50 goes entirely to the local Girl Scout council in San Diego.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 6:59 PM

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My boss has a niece in the girl scouts so every year she buys about 150 boxes and just leaves them in the office. How about that for hell?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 7:57 PM

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I bought boxes and sent them to the troops overseas. They appreiciate anything from home, and cookies to boot!

I did keep a couple boxes for ourselves. The brownies (eh, not what I was expecting) and a box of all abouts that I took to work.

Thursday, February 22, 2007, 11:05 AM

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11:05, what a cool idea! Buying and donating the cookies is a wonderful idea! I'm thinking some local food kitchens might appreciate the donation as well. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

Thursday, February 22, 2007, 11:17 AM

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The others are all available in different guises at the grocery store, made by other manufacturers. But those Samoas are one of a kind.

Good thing they're so expensive and I'm so cheap.

Thursday, February 22, 2007, 11:49 PM

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Actually, Girl Scouts sell nuts in the fall. They are much healthier and the troop gets more of the profit. So if you want to support your local Girl Scouts look for the fall nut sales.

Friday, February 23, 2007, 7:23 PM

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funny, i was eating thin mints when i opened this.

but my dogs took care of the samoas for me. i ate 3 (improved from eating the entire box in one sitting last year), then left for work. i came home and found an empty package on the floor and two happy dogs.

Friday, February 23, 2007, 10:46 PM

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mmmmm m m . . .. samoa's-my favorite! they're about as addictive as cadbury mini-eggs! i can't buy them at all because i will eat the whole package in one sitting!

Friday, February 23, 2007, 11:48 PM

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Thin mints

Try being the mother of a girl scout and placing an order for a case of thin mints and a case of caramel delights.

Sunday, January 27, 2008, 10:46 AM

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I'd love it if they started to sell healthy treats, too... like girl scout trail mix, or girl scout granola bars... that way, I could buy their stuff and kids would get used to healthy snacking...

Sunday, January 27, 2008, 10:26 PM

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damn this thread!!! make it go away...

Sunday, January 27, 2008, 10:50 PM

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I buy boxes and give them away... but I always save one box for me! The thing I hate though is going to the grocery and being hounded out front to buy boxes. They make you feel like a terrible person for saying no. I already bought 8 boxes!!! ugh...

And as far as the profits go... the boy scouts sell popcorn and they get almost all the profit... I think the girl scouts need to diversify their portfolios!!

Monday, January 28, 2008, 9:54 AM

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