Monday, April 25, 2011

Girl Scout Cookie Madness in Jersey City


Last Sunday, I visited my friend Jim in Jersey City, and we walked from his place through the area's post-industrial warehouses and pre-Jetson family glass towers to a cute little place get a bagel and coffee.

On our walk back, we encountered an American Phenomenon: the Girl Scout Cookie stall, complete with cookies, and I guess, girl scouts.
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These photos record how matchless cuteness, bright colors, a deceptively sweet manner and a clever price scale, not to mention delicious cookies, squeezed a twenty dollar bill out of Jim's pocket.


Note that Girl Scout Cookies are not made with girl scouts, but are almost as exclusive, because you cannot buy them in stores -- only the Girl Scout Movement, appearing mysteriously throughout the year (when scouting revenues are low?) at stalls or at your door, can sell these delicious cookies... now available in a wide range of flavors.


Thin Mints; Do-si-dos (peanut butter filling sandwiched between crunchy oatmeal cookies); Tagalongs (crispy vanilla cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolate coating)...


...Shortbreads/Trefoils (blue box, previously yellow): A traditional shortbread cookie made in the shape of the Girl Scout trefoil insignia...


...Vanilla cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and laced with chocolate stripes...


...Dulce De Leche (turquoise box), Latin caramel cookies with caramel chips...


...All Abouts/Animal Treasures/Thanks-A-Lot (pink box), shortbread cookies dipped in fudge and topped with an embossed thank-you message in one of five languages...


...Thank U Berry Munch (cranberry-colored box), introduced in 2010, has cranberries and white fudge chunks...


...Lemonades (yellow box)...round shortbread cookie with lemon icing...


...Lemon Chalet Cremes (yellow box): Cinnamon sandwich cookies with lemon creme filling...






Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A Girl Scout has financed her trip to Europe with Thin Mints and Do-Si-Dos, possibly breaking a U.S. record in the process.Jennifer Sharpe, a 15-year-old from Dearborn, Michigan, sold 17,328 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year, which shatters the old record for her local Girl Scouts group and is believed to be a record, though the national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA, doesn't track individual sales.
"It's always been one of those goals I wanted to accomplish," Sharpe said Wednesday.