Come cold weather, Girl Scout cookie cravings kick in



When the leaves fall from the trees and snow falls from the sky, it marks the beginning of Girl Scout cookie season.

Though every person has a personal preference of Girl Scout cookies, a few stand out as favorites among Staples students.

The selection of Girl Scout cookies is endless, and there’s a cookie for every taste. Jenn Martin ’16, a former girl scout, claims that Thin Mints are the best. “There’s no match,” Martin said.  The thin mint– a minty-fresh cookie coated in fudgey chocolate shell– has been a bestseller since 1966.

Another cookie, which has been around since the 1950s, is the classic Trefoil. Scott Seo ’15 is a traditionalist when it comes to Girl Scout cookies. “I’d have to [say] Trefoils [are my favorite], they are the definitely the best ones,” Seo said. One bite of a Trefoil, and flavors of vanilla explode in the mouth as one tastes the simplicity of shortbread.

A fan favorite among the Staples community is the Tagalong. Jasper Fowle ’18 and his sisters are Tagalong enthusiasts and always argue over them. “We always fight when they’re in the house,” Fowle said. Many students are enticed by the creamy dollop of peanut butter and a milk chocolate coating. Tagalongs are always in high demand during Girl Scout cookie season and are hard to find in the stands around town.

For people who are gluten free, try new Trios; a cookie filled with oats, gooey chocolate and smooth peanut butter. Katy Twombly ’16 has missed out on Girl Scout cookies due to her gluten free diet, but is thrilled at the news of a gluten-free cookie. “It’s great that there are gluten free Girl Scout cookies because so many more people can enjoy them now,” Twombly said.

Another cookie that is popular at Staples is the Samoa. “Without a doubt about it, Samoa’s [are my favorite]”  Vig Namasivayam ’16 said without hesitation. Students say there’s no match to the burst of flavor: sweet caramel oozing over the sides, toasted coconut crunching and indulgent chocolate melting in your mouth.

However, for students like Carolynn Van Arsdale ’16  and Alex Suppan ’16, who are both still Girl Scouts, it isn’t about the taste of the cookies, but the tradition. “Buying Girl Scout cookies raises money for troops overseas and troops at home. It’s really cool how a little girl selling cookies can make that much of a difference,” Van Arsdale said.

Whether buying or selling cookies, there is nothing more exciting than knowing that when the new year rolls around and Staples waves goodbye to 2014, it will mean that Girl Scout cookie season has begun.