The Girl Scouts is a wonderful organization. Not only does it help girls develop valuable skills, from leadership to ethics, but it provides the rest of us with a chance to utter the phrase "I'll have seven boxes of cookies, please" and not feel a deep sense of shame.
Shame, heck! We feel good about buying lots and lots of cookies from our neighbors and co-workers, who subtly morph from our colleagues into politely relentless advance men for their daughters' start-ups. The only time I felt shame last week, when the Girl Scouts were out selling cookies, was getting that knock at the door from a girl up the street, wagon full of cookies, and realizing I had spent all my cash on cookies at work that day. That's shame.
This year, the Girl Scouts have the cookies on hand when they take orders, so we don't have to wait weeks to tear into the box of Lemon-Ades or Samoas — excuse me, "Caramel DeLites." And the other new thing this year is a limited edition new flavor, Mango Cremes.
And they mean it when they say limited. My connection in the newsroom had 45 boxes of Sam . . . Caramel DeLites on hand, and only two measly boxes of Mango Cremes. I basically had to wrestle them out of the grasp of a co-worker.
Mango crèmes are vanilla and coconut sandwich cookies, with a mango-flavored crème center. The box says the crème features "Nutrifusion," nutrients derived from fruits. A look at the ingredient list states that this includes "natural whole food concentrate of cranberry, pomegranate, orange, grape, strawberry, shiitake mushrooms."
That's right, shiitake mushrooms. Really, Girl Scouts, you could have stopped at strawberry. And you also misspelled "shiitake" on the box, in exactly the way the Girl Scouts shouldn't misspell "shiitake."
A co-worker complained that the crème "smelled like body lotion," and I couldn't disagree, but decided to give them a try. I think I would have preferred a straight-up vanilla cookie without the coconut, but the mango crème is actually pretty nice. It has a distinctive tang to it that stays pleasantly in the mouth. The sweetness of the cookie and the sourness of the crème mingle well together, and it's a great cookie to have with coffee.
And, best of all, since it's in such limited supply, you won't be able to buy seven boxes and get sick of them.