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.

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