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09 April 2015 @ 04:38 pm
The Sorrow of Thin Mints  
When I was a kid, she said, hunched over with one hand in the small of her back and the other waving an imaginary cane, they made Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies Differently.

They had the chocolate cookie base and the thin chocolate layer, but between them they had a thin layer of mint candy, like one might find in a peppermint patty or Junior Mint. The chocolate cookie base had a slight ridge around the outer edge, so the mint candy fit inside that, and one could scrape one's teeth across the mint-and-chocolate-layer and come to a satisfying halt at the proscribed edge, and then nibble one's way around the entire outside eating the chocolate off the cookie before putting what remained into one's mouth as a whole and entire unit.

They don't make 'em like that anymore. And it's not that I couldn't make them at home; there are recipes out there for it, or at least for the various parts that can be put together to create something of the same nature (except for the ridge; I'd have to...stamp them out, or something, to get the ridge), but it's the nostalgia of not having to make it, of having this Perfect Mint Cookie delivered effortlessly unto my mou...


I have spent far too long on this blog post trying to find a picture of one of the older Thin Mint style boxes for a featured image on this post. I have failed and punted to a modern box pic, but while trying, I found the Canada's Girl Guides have PROPER GIRL SCOUT THIN MINT COOKIES!!!!



Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on April 9th, 2015 06:07 pm (UTC)
Dang, now I want some too! (I have the current ones, but you're right, they're not the same...)
Herefoxherefox on April 9th, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC)
I'm told that the girl scout cookies you get vary by region because they use several recipes/vendors to make them. So your do-si-do here might be very different from one in New York. I'm not sure how true that is but someone swears our trefoils are the sucky kind and "No, really, they're usually awesome"
kitmizkit on April 9th, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC)
Due to spending Too Much Time on this post today I have learned that once upon a time that was true, but now they use 2 vendors and (for the Thin Mints, at least) apparently identical recipes. So. :)
Herefoxherefox on April 9th, 2015 08:55 pm (UTC)
Ah! Good to know. Trefoils still suck then ;-) (making my own shortbread has spoiled me for any 'shortbread' cookie other than occasionally walkers)
TuftEars: Wynxtuftears on April 9th, 2015 08:16 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, I don't think I've ever had those. ;) They were always chocolate-covered mint-flavored cookies for me. Best direct from the freezer of course.
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on April 9th, 2015 09:12 pm (UTC)
There's something similar to that sold here, if only I could remember the name.
Burton Viscount biscuits, that's it. I can probably send you some.
deliiriadeliiria on April 9th, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
I r Canadian! you wants I should send you cookies?
Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna: playwiliqueen on April 11th, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
I have the same nostalgia. Insult to injury: After three years of selling boring old calendars in England (I have no idea whether Guides there didn't do cookies or the Scouts on the Air Force base just weren't eligible to sell them; and of course they couldn't ship the ones from home), I came back Stateside in 1980 to discover that the change had happened in my absence!

As fate would have it I found The Near-Ideal Substitute scant months before Dominick's (which was the Safeway-related chain in Chicagoland) closed all its stores. I'm reduced to stuffing my face with them when I visit my parents in Colorado.

So if you have a chain in your area that sell Safeway store brands, you could be set...

Edited at 2015-04-11 06:53 pm (UTC)