Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thursday Thirteen #20 "Girl Scout Cookies"


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Last month my daughter was selling Girl Scout Cookies for her Brownie Troop. I just found out she was the top seller in her troop. She sold 125 boxes of cookies! So in honor of that here's some facts I found on Girl Scout Cookies.

1. They make their own caramel for Samoas. It's cooked the old fashion way in copper kettles to 234 degrees

2. Do-si-dos and Tagalongs take 230,000 lbs. of peanut butter per week.

3. Peanut creme is deposited onto Do-si-do cookies at the rate of 2800 per minute.

4. After exiting the oven, Thin Mints travel 300 feet on a conveyer belt to cool before being coated in the chocolate.

5. A rotary die shapes Trefoils. There are 300 identical Trefoil shapes engraved in one rotary die.

6. The die rotates 17 times a minute equaling 5100 cookies a minute.

7. Samoas go through a cooling tunnel at 40-50 degrees before chocolate is applied.

8. Do-si-dos creme goes onto the cookies at 2800 per minute and are wrapped at 64 packages per minute

9. Some weekly ingredients: flour: 21 truckloads, 1,050,000 lbs

10. Chocolate coating: 500,000 lbs.

11. Sugar: 14.5 truckloads, 650,000 lbs

12. Each batch is 1200-1500 lbs... It takes 10 minutes to mix the dough, which lasts 20-30 minutes and takes 5-7 minutes to bake.

13. And don't worry Girl Scout cookies are not affected by the recent Salmonella recall.


  1. I'm a sucker for thin mints, especially in the summer if they're frozen. ;)

  2. These are pretty cool facts. Congrats to your daughter! I remember how it was to try and sell all those cookies!

  3. Congrats to your daughter. Haven't seen girl guide cookies in quite a while. I miss them.

  4. Bleck! I am not liking Girl Scout cookies right now. We have one more case to sell and then we are stopping for the year. Both girls have sold about 11 cases.

    Glad the tagalongs weren't affected. They are my favorites. Ate some for breakfast today. LOL

    Congrats to your daughter and Happy TT!

  5. I love Girl Scout cookies, especially the Thin Mints. Happy TT!

  6. Our family favorites are thin mints and samoas. The question is, where are they baked and do they have a bakery outlet???

  7. Mmmm... GS cookies. I live so far out now we never have the girls knock anymore- or do they even do the door-to-door thing these days?
    Happy TT!

  8. Yummy! Love these cookies. My favorite is the thin mints. Thanks for all these interesting facts. Happy TT!

  9. I would have bought cookies from your daughter if i didn't live far away..!
    My TT lists 13 pagan webshops.

  10. I have some fond memories of Girl Scout cookies from high school, but that's a story for another day...

  11. Good heavens, they've got that down to a cookie making science!

  12. Can you E-Mail me some of those Thin Mints please?

  13. Congrats to your daughter (I wonder how many of those boxes her mom sold)! I love Girl Scout cookies and ordered my 4 or 5 boxes this year. I don't remember how many for sure but look forward to getting them soon!

  14. You just reminded me that I did not hit up for cookies this year. And since I am preggers I am not on a diet - not that it stops me from my GS cookie eating! I will have to call my aunt tomorrow!!! Love GS cookies!

    Way to go top seller!