Ode to a Thin Mint

Melissa Stagnaro

This week’s weather forecast is a bit of a let down after the beautiful sunny days we had last week. Now that I’ve had a taste of Mother Nature’s best, I’m finding it hard to return to status quo gray skies. And I hate to say it, but it’s making me more than a little cranky.

Thankfully, (and to my co-workers’ relief) I have found solace. You see, Girl Scout cookies are in. And while the ones I ordered all those months ago have not yet been delivered (that’s a hint, Kerri), I have managed to score a couple of surplus boxes. Thank goodness for booth sales and Jan. They’ll hold me over for now.

As I type this, I contentedly munch on a Thin Mint, the cookie variety which has long been my favorite. And not just mine. Apparently they make up fully a quarter of annual cookie sales each year.

It’s their versatility that I like. Sure, you can eat them straight out of the box, but you can also dip them in your milk or hot tea. I like them with vanilla ice cream. And I usually store a box or two in the freezer; they make a nice, cold treat on a hot summer day. Or any other day, for that matter. (Mostly this keeps them out of sight, so I’m not always tempted.)

Maybe I shouldn’t say that Thin Mints are my absolute favorite, as I wouldn’t want the Caramel deLites (a.k.a Samoas) to get offended. Coconut, chocolate and caramel over a shortbread cookie – come on, what’s not to love?

I’m also a huge fan of Lemonades, which is a much newer variety. With the light, buttery shortbread and citrusy glaze, it gives the illusion of being low fat. Without compromising taste, caloric content of any actual fat grams, of course. (We all know this isn’t health food.)

I could go either way with Do-Si-Dos (commonly referred to as Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies), but I am really not a fan of Tagalongs/Peanut Butter Patties. And while I like the idea of Shortbreads (I refuse to call them Trefoils), I’m always disappointed by them in reality. Give me Lorna Doones any day.

There is a new flavor out this year, Daisy Go Rounds. I haven’t sampled those yet. I hear they are crispy cinnamon cookies in 100 calorie packs. I’ll reserve judgment for now.

As I sit savoring this Thin Mint, the last in it’s sleeve, I’m no longer concerned about the dreary forecast. To me, it’s truly a beautiful day.