Monday, February 23, 2009

Mint Condition

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 5:44 AM

As a former Girl Scout who holds a badge for cookie sales above and beyond the call of duty, I'm going to come right out and ask: Does anyone else think the cookies taste different this year?

I know the packaging and size of cookies have changed so we're getting less cookie for our money, and frankly, I applaud the Little Brownie Bakers' nimbleness in these hard times--so long as cookies sizes go back up if transportation costs ever go back down, that is. But have the recipes changed, or do the altered sizes just make things seem different?

I've been trying doggedly to figure it out. It's the kind of research I'm prepared to do. My first Thin Mint of 2009, by God, tasted different from last year's batch. Then again, I could have just brushed my teeth or something. The next few seemed a little off, too, but by the time I finished the first tube, I was thinking they seemed pretty familiar.

Meanwhile, am I off base here, or are the DoSiDos a whole different animal? They seemed to have lost that intriguing crumbly sawdust finish, which was almost enough to make them a viable fiber supplement. Now they're textured more like ginger snaps. They behave entirely differently when dunked in milk.

On my honor, I am not trying to complain. I love me some Girl Scout cookies. I just want to know if anyone else has noticed a change.

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