“To the Thin Mint”
Chocolate mint indulgence.
Five dollars for fat.
I’ve been a fan of these small mint cookies ever since I was hustling them door-to-door in a wagon across the cold streets of Naperville, Illinois. Of course, back in those days a box of cookie calories was costing around $2, not the current reflection of supply and demand at $5 a box. I sold Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread cookies, and Coconut Delights by the TENS back then! I swear one year I even got a special badge for all the profit I was making for the Girl Scouts.
But now, over twenty years later, my box of Thin Mints has changed in more ways than just inflation. The ingredients, though never on the “healthy side” anyway since it always has been a processed cookie, now contains all sorts of crap that makes me want to banish these cookies from my life. From partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, AND/OR cottonseed, palm, and soybean oil – These “crisp wafers covered in chocolaty coating” are covering the arteries of whoever consumes them as well.
I hate tearing apart something that I have always loved. Especially because I am still totally guilty of eating these cookies. The only reason I’m able to use that quote above is because there is a box sitting right in front of me.
However, my love of these little cookies has caused me much grief during the week and gave my mind the following excuse: “You’re already blowing it on Thin Mints, just take it easy this week.”
And because of that logic, I gained 1.2 pounds this week instead of losing it. But such is life… and as my friend Laura has been saying, tomorrow is a new day.
Are any of your fans of Girl Scout cookies? Which are your favorites? Do the current ingredients change the way to like them?
Happy Friday, everyone!