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Girl Scout Causes Controversy For Selling 300 Cookie Boxes Outside Of Pot Dispensary

A Girl Scout skirted her way around some rules to sell a ton of cookies outside of a pot  dispensary, and while many are praising her, others are raising questions of concern.

The unnamed Scout and her dad sold over 300 boxes of the organization’s legendary cookies at Urbn Leaf, a recreational collective in San Diego. The Girl Scouts typically prohibit selling right outside of a business unless an appropriate booth permit is signed by the business owner to sell between February 9th and March 11th. This is meant to prevent their troops from getting cited for soliciting cookies, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

To get around that rule, the Scout and her dad simply walked up and down the dispensary’s block for a few hours each day during Super Bowl weekend. Folks coming in for their cannabis fix would then pick up a box or two from the “wandering” Girl Scout to cure their eventual munchies.

Technically, the business-savvy Scout didn’t break the rules, according to a Girl Scouts spokesperson, but she did fall in a gray area. The walking sales rule usually only applies to residential neighborhoods, while Urbn Leaf is in a commercial part of San Diego.

People have been buzzing online about whether the girl was really smart or going too far with her sales strategy.

Regardless, a pattern of Girl Scouts selling near dispensaries appears to be emerging. Whether or not the kid-centric organization wants their cookies to be associated with pot remains to be seen, however.


When You Combine KiX Cereal With Samoa Cookies, Something Beautiful Happens

I grew up eating muddy buddies and Girl Scout cookies (Samoas always being my #1 choice), so I decided that a mash-up may be twice as good! It was.

You may remember Foodbeast Family member June Quan from our spotlight a while back. Better known as StirandStyle, June came up with a brand new recipe that’s incorporates KiX muddy buddies with everyone’s favorite Girl Scout Cookie.

Here’s what you’ll need:

KiX cereal, melted chocolate, melted caramel & heavy cream, powdered sugar, powdered sugar and Samoa cookies.

Here’s what to do:

Drizzle your melted chocolate onto the KiX and mix it together. Then, add your melted caramel mixture to the chocolate-layered KiX. Again, mix.

Coat your sweet KiX in powdered sugar until it’s no longer sticky. Taking the Samoa cookies, chop them up into bite-sized chunks and add them to your KiX mixutre.

Finally, add a generous drizzle of your melted caramel and chow down. Check out the video for the recipe in sweet detail.


Samoa Cookie-Flavored FroYo Debuts Nationwide


Try as we might, it’s hard to justify a Girl Scout cookie’s place in a healthy diet. At 70 calories per cookie, caramellly, coconuttty, and chocolatey Samoas are the worst of the bunch. But thanks to a new collaboration between the Girl Scout brand and frozen yogurt chain Menchie’s, you can now get your favorite guilty pleasure in froyo form. Suh-weet!

The catchily named Caramel Coconut Cookie Craze is the first Girl Scout-approved frozen yogurt flavor of its kind. Available at select Menchie’s locations until the end of April, it features a blend of real cocoa, caramel, and coconut flavors that you can then top with — yep — actual Thin Mint or Samoa pieces.

As far as nutrition goes, each 1/2 cup of the Caramel Craze is 120 calories, which, if you think about it, isn’t all that healthier than just eating the cookie. But at least you’ll feel better about it. That’s the important part.


Girl Scouts Go Gluten-Free with New Cookie Flavor


With Girl Scout Cookie season on the horizon comes word of a new cookie being tested in select cities: the gluten-free Chocolate Chip Shortbread.

Yes, that is perhaps the most mediocre flavor when compared to the classic Thin Mint or caramel-coated Samoa, but it’s a great start for those who previously weren’t able to indulge in the seasonal cookie madness.

“Millions of Americans have problems eating food with gluten — so we’ve created a delicious cookie just for them!” touts the Girl Scouts website. The new treat packs chocolate chips folded into a shortbread cookie dough made from rice and tapioca flour, as well as butter, cane syrup and cocoa powder.

Four of the cookies will run you at 130 calories, but [spoiler alert] they’re described as “bite-size,” meaning they’re quite petite. Also [more spoilers!], the ladies are only offering the gluten-free confections in just a few test markets — which excludes major cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, DC and New York.

To hunt down Girl Scout cookies come February 7, you can use their tech-savvy mobile app.

H/T LA Times

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Liquid Gold: Girl Scout Coffee Creamers


Correct me if I’m wrong, but I could have sworn summer was all about lightening up – shedding clothing layers, eating fresher foods, squeezing lemon into our roots. But it seems the folks at Coffee-mate didn’t quite get the message, since they just unveiled a pair of Girl Scout Cookie-inspired coffee creamer flavors – Thin Mint and Caramel & Coconut (AKA Samoas and/or Caramel Delites) – at least three months after anyone would drink them.

It’s cruel, really. Here we all are, trying our damnedest to fit into bikinis and speedos, suffering night sweats thinking about all the deep fried fair foods we shouldn’t be eating, and they have to torment us with Girl Scout Cookies? It’s no wonder so many Facebook fans have been begging Nestle to create sugar and fat-free versions of these things. We. Can’t. Drink. Them. Or at least we shouldn’t. No, no, we really can’t, we’re on diets. Ugh, okay, we guess a sip wouldn’t hurt. Yes, that’s considered a sip. Don’t judge us, you don’t know our lives!

The new creamers are expected to hit store shelves nationwide soon at $2.69/16 ounces per bottle.


H/T Brittany High + PicThx Nestle

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Girl Scouts Celebrate Their 100th Anniversary — Here’s a Look At Their New Cookie

The long awaited Girl Scout cookie season is finally upon us! We all have our favorites, and I for one can’t get enough of the Samoas and Thin Mints. There’ll be a box hidden in back of my freezer for months after they stop selling them, but every year I always buy a box of something I usually don’t get just to mix things up. This year it’s going to be their new, Savannah Smiles, which are small, lemon-flavored cookies covered in powdered sugar in honor of their 100th anniversary.  Can’t wait for a Girl Scout to come knockin’ on my door, any day now…



“Tagalong” Bars: Girl Scouts, Meet Your Maker!

Everyone loves girl scout cookies. I think part of their allure is that you can only have them one time out of the year. You spend the entire year building them up in your head, even resorting to stalking little girls… Apparently stalking children is OK, so long as they’re the ones using the treats to lure you to their vans… “Come over here, I have a van full of cookies”… I’m onto you, girl scouts…

No matter how much you love girl scout cookies, there’s no way you can look past their insane price tags. Well you can, but I had to limit myself to two boxes last year. TWO BOXES!!! I mean, they’re usually parked right outside the grocery store, which sells similar cookies at half the price. I get that we’re helping their cause, but really? Four to five dollars a box? And there’s only like twelve cookies in there… that’s going to last me what, six minutes? Maybe seven if I slow down to savor them…

Some time last week I made the millionaire shortbread recipe from my Baked cookbook, but was completely underwhelmed. I may post the recipe, since tons of people rave about it, but it was just too… monotonous. It didn’t have enough flavor, and the flavor it did have just kinda melded together into one basic flavor: sugar. I tried sprinkling some sea salt on top which helped, but not enough to make me eat them. I had however been planning to try my hand at Tagalongs for some time, and the millionaire shortbread motivated me to finally make them, being that they are similar in that they are layered shortbread bars.

No way I’m rolling and cutting 43824239430 shortbread cookies, pressing a little indent into each one, filling it with peanut butter and then covering it in chocolate. Just typing that made me tired. Bar form? Now that’s what I’m talking about. I knew what not to do with the shortbread from the millionaire bars, so I found a new shortbread recipe and set myself on the path to girl scout cookie heaven. If you like Tagalongs, you’ll love these – they’re so good. You must make them. Must.

In honor of “Peanut Butter Month” here at Foodbeast, and because Girl Scout Cookie Season doesn’t start for another 64 days, 4 hours, and 12 minutes… HOME MADE TAGALONG BARS!!!

Home Made “Tagalong” Bars

For the cookie layer

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

For the peanut butter layer

  • 1 2/3 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the chocolate layer*

  • 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, cut into cubes

For the cookies:

  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and milk. Add flour and mix on low until just incorporated. It will be on the dry side.
  3. Pour out onto parchment paper and form into general rectangle shape. Roll close to 9 x 13” and transfer into 9 x 13 baking pan. Press into bottom of pan until it reaches the edges, leaving a slight lip on the edges.
  4. Poke holes in shortbread with a fork and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes, until lightly golden on top. Cool completely on wire rack before topping.

For the filling:

  1. Beat the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla until mixed. Spread over shortbread layer. It will be thick and difficult to spread, an offset spatula worked best for me J

For the topping:

  1. Melt chocolate, butter, and corn syrup in a double boiler*. Pour over peanut butter layer and place in fridge to harden.


*If you’re lazy you can use just melted chocolate, about 7 or 8 ounces will cover it.

*Melt in a double boiler, a non-reactive bowl over simmering water, or a microwave in 30 sec intervals @ 50% power

*Cut with a knife, wiping with a warm, damp cloth in between. They may get a little messy…

[ shorbread adapted from here ]

[ chocolate layer adapted from Baked ]


Homemade Girl Scout Thin Mints

Hate how Girl Scout Cookies are only sold once a year? Me too. Well, we do not have to suffer any longer. This Thin Mint recipe has the answer to our prayers. It looks amazing! Thin Mints are now year round. God, that sounds so nice.