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How does the Girl Scouts' new gluten-free cookie taste? The Gazette's community panel finds out.

Panel of local tasters pick favorite Girl Scout cookies

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Shelly Birkelo
January 29, 2015

JANESVILLE--The Girl Scouts say thin mints, caramel deLites and peanut butter patties are their top-selling cookies.

A community panel of five taste testers assembled by The Gazette mostly agreed.

Their top three choices in order were caramel deLites, thin mints and lemonades.

Judges were asked to make a comment about each cookie and to score each on a scale of 1 to 5.

Here are the results:

CARMEL DELITES

Description: Vanilla cookies topped with caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and laced with chocolate stripes

Score: 25

Taster comments: "My absolute favorite. Soft and chewy."

THIN MINTS

Description: Crispy chocolate wafers dipped in a mint chocolate coating

Score: 24

Taster comments: “My favorite. Great mint taste with chocolate.”

LEMONADES

Description: Savory slices of shortbread with lemon flavored icing

Score: 21

Taster comments: “For lemon lovers. Strong lemon taste that lasts. Nice crunch and texture.”

PEANUT BUTTER PATTIES

Description: Crispy vanilla cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolate coating

Score: 20

Taster comments: “Very good mixture of peanut and chocolate. Good flavor.”

THANKS-A-LOT

Description: Shortbread cookies dipped in fudge and topped with an embossed thank-you message in one of five languages.

Score: 20

Taster comments: “One of my favorites. Love the balance of chocolate and shortbread. Generous size.”

CRANBERRY CITRUS CRISPS

Description: Crispy cookie made with whole grain, cranberry bits and citrus flavor.

Score: 19

Taster comments: “Immediate citrus aroma, good cranberry flavor and nice wheat design.”

PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH

Description: Crisp and crunchy oatmeal cookies with creamy peanut butter filling.

Score: 17

Taster comments: “Good peanut butter flavor. Kind of dry, but good with milk.”

SHORTBREAD

Description: Traditional shortbread cookies made in the shape of the Girl Scout iconic Trefoil.

Score: 16

Taster comments: “It's a classic. Nice simple flavor. Good size and option for kids.”

TRIOS

Description: A new pilot cookie that features chocolate chips nestled in a gluten-free peanut butter oatmeal cookie.

Score: 12

Taster comments: “Dry. Powdery chewy. Tastes like a health cookie."

 

TO BUY GIRL SCOUT COOKIES

Girl Scout cookies can be bought Friday, Feb. 13, through Sunday, March 22, Girl Scouts, at community booth sales or by visiting girlscoutcookies.org. Cookies are $3.75 per box. The new gluten-free cookies cost $5.

The Girl Scouts are adding a new gluten-free and digital cookie to its annual program lineup.

The Badgerland Council was selected to participate in this national test marketing of gluten-free Girl Scout cookies, said Christy Gibbs, director of marketing.

But not all troops will be selling them.

"It's up to each troop with a limited supply. So get them early if you want to try them,” she said.

Also new this year is the digital cookie.

“Girl Scouts can send an email invitation to customers to order cookies online through her online store. Her customer can order, pay for and have cookies shipped directly to their house,” Gibbs said.

As an online safety feature, the link to the digital cookie store is specific to the email address to which it was sent, meaning it's not possible to forward the email and place orders, she said.

Starting Friday, Feb. 13, Girl Scouts will be selling door-to-door with cookies in hand or taking your cookie orders to deliver later.

The cookie program is more than just about the cookies. It provides opportunities for the girls to gain skills in setting goals, making decisions, managing money and building people skills, Gibbs said.

“Our program is teaching critical life-long practical skills,” she said.

The Cookie Share program lets customers buy cookies for donation to a variety of groups--from food shelters to military troops.

“Ask the Girl Scouts where they're donating their Cookie Share cookies, then buy an extra box or two to donate to their cause,” Gibbs said.

Badgerland Girl Scouts sold 1.43 million boxes of cookies in 2014, making it the most successful council sale ever. Among the top sellers were 227 Girl Scouts who sold more than 600 boxes each.



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