If you love Girl Scouts as much as this ex-fat kid, you know that nothing quite beats the anticipation of that first bite of Thin Mints or Samoas, fueled in part by their only-once-a-year availability/hairy-nosed wombat level of rarity in our fair borough. (As of this writing, they go on sale exactly 27 days from now, according to this cookie countdown stopwatch.)
Enter Family Dollar. A few days ago, an Instagram photo of several boxes of cookies from everyone’s favorite discount store chain went around Twitter (Thank you @KateHarding.) While not legit Girl Scout cookies per se, the cookies on the box looked an awful lot like the Tagalongs, Thin Mints, and Samoas that I have an inappropriate obsession with/hoard shamelessly in my kitchen pantry/stress eat on a regular basis.
Available year round, “identical,” and only $1.75 a box, as opposed to $4 – $5 or more when the real things come down the pike in March? Don’t mind if I do. I immediately hauled ass from my Ditmas Park apartment down to Family Dollar’s Clarendon Road location, the closest of the chain’s 24 Brooklyn stores.
While these aren’t explicitly Girl Scout cookies, they certainly look the same. When I got home–and perhaps while strolling back up picturesque Flatbush Ave.–I tore them open for a test. Turns out the imposters taste the same too–so much so that it’s even possible that they’re made by the same bakery.
Aside from costing third of the price, the only real difference is that by cheaping out, you’re giving money to a national chain store instead of supporting a $760 million girl-led enterprise that teaches girls entrepreneurial skills, subsidizes summer camps, helps make Girl Scouts available to low income families and supports trans inclusivity, among other worthy pursuits.
Ugh. So how about if someone ONLY buys Dollar Scout cookies when the real ones aren’t available. Is that wrong?