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For Jack: Girl Scout Cookies remove Trans Fats

Jack, over at Fork & Bottle, has made it a tradition to annually remind me and others of the trans fat found within my beloved box of Thin Mints. I never knew how to respond to his e-mails, because …wel.. They’re THIN MINTS! And I loves them so very much!

I’d then get accosted by the parents within my workplace, letting me know that if I didn’t purchase the thin mints, their daughters would call my voicemail and leave messages of tears and threats. Have you ever recieved a phone call with an 8 year old girl sniffling while warning you to becareful starting your car? It can be very disconcerting.

However, back to Jack. It appears as if his protests had reached the right ears.

The Girl Scouts have marked their 90th year in the cookie business by getting most of the artificial fat out of all varieties of their iconic treats, which had been under attack by a few health-focused consumer groups.

The change reflects a movement by the scouts in recent years to add an element of health consciousness to their annual bake sale.

This year, about half of all Girl Scout troops are also offering a sugar-free cookie called the Little Brownie. A cookie with reduced saturated fat, the Cartwheel, was introduced last year.

Phew! I can now drive to work without having to inspect my car’s ignition set.

Damn you Thin Mints!!

Do I even attempt to broach the subject that some might consider ‘beneath’ a foodie? Do I dare speak the three words that strike fear into the hearts of parents across the country?

I do.

Those three words? “Girl Scout Cookies“

It is indeed that time of year again, when co-workers hit the rest of us with guilt trips in order to help their daughters earn a future-capitalist badge. E-mails will fly back and forth with desperate pleas for orders and calls for one last box of trefoils. This year, many young girls will have nightmares of “Did I sell enough boxes?”

Why? So we can all get our fix of Thin Mints.

Full disclosure here. I have never been (and suppose, never will be) a girl scout. I opted out when I realized that they didn’t give badges for bon mots and sarcastic attitudes. However, my goodie-two-shoes sisters were girl scouts and I recall vividly the easter colored boxes stored in our pantry, waiting for our next visit to our grandparents who ordered far more cookies than most 70-year-olds eat in a given year.

The Green Army of Girls have been selling cookies since 1917, but the commercial boxes of cookies didn’t arrive until 1934 when the greater Philadelphia Girl Scout council became the first regional council to sell commercially baked cookies. But even that wasn’t the watershed year for Girl Scout Cookies.

No, the year I celebrate in regards to girl scout cookies is 1951 when Thin Mints were introduced.

Ah yes, thin mints…my old archnemesis. You are my Achilles heal. I have a severe love/hate relationship with you.

Let’s be honest here for a moment. If it weren’t for thin mints (and to a lesser extent Samoas…which, for the record, remind me nothing of the island nation that is its namesake), we wouldn’t even be talking about girl scout cookies. We all know in our heart of hearts that these two cookies are the money makers for the Girl Scouts (1 out of every four boxes of Girl Scout Cookies sold are Thin Mints). The rest of their cookie catalog is barely Keebler elf quality.

But Thin Mints? Oh how I love thee. Especially after you’ve been kept in the freezer for a day or two. I don’t care that your now $4 a box. If you were given as communion instead of whatever the hell they’re passing off as teh body of Christ, I’d be a practicing Catholic.

What I don’t love about you is the fact that there are close to 36+ cookies in a pack, and the suggested serving is only 4 cookies (at 140 calories per serving).

I’m not the only one who has issues with Girl Scout Cookies. A woman in Albuquerque was sued over $1400 for collection of these baked pieces of gold. The suit contends the woman â??refused to payâ? and characterizes her actions as â??embezzlement of the cookies.â?

$1400 comes to 350 boxes. I wonder how many of them were Thin Mints.

At any rate, track down a co-worker selling cookies for their daughters. They should be easy to spot, as they have the “I’m-helping-my-daughter-but-boy-do-I-wish-I-was-doing-somthing-else” look in their eye. Make their life easier by purchasing a box or two.