A big part of getting used to the culture and everyday life of the USA is very much linked to new food experiences. The latest taste test / food review is for Girl Scout Cookies, a slice of American life that is known worldwide. I tried Samoas and Tagalong cookies for the very first time.
These cookies are sold around this time each year, by Girl Scouts who hope to gain experience with running a small business, organising sales and working with others. The boxes sell for between $4 and $5.
The sale of these cookies has been going for nearly 100 years, and has become an iconic part of the American cultural experience. I had heard about these from several people, and they all said how great the cookies are.
There are a range of different cookies, including thin mints, cranberry citrus crisps, lemonades and chocolate chip shortbread.
The Taste Test
I tried a ‘samoa’ (caramel and toasted coconut covered – with dark chocolate) and a ‘tagalong’ (peanut butter centre covered with chocolate).
Surprisingly, these cookies were not overly sweet – which I was expecting – and the chocolate (particularly the dark chocolate on the samoa) was fairly similar to chocolate from the UK. The caramel and peanut butter used was not overly strong or sweet and really added a great flavour to the cookies.
I really loved these cookies – I do not know how, or why, but they taste far better than the other makes of the same cookies. The samoas in particular where really good – and very addictive. Once I had one, I needed to have a few more.
I think they are very expensive, and would never pay $4-$5 for cookies normally, but these are a real treat, and as they are not available all year round, are worth spending a bit more.
Have you had Girl Scout cookies? What are your favourites?