Which Girl Scout cookies are the worst for you?

If you are going to splurge and eat some Girl Scout cookies, you should know that some are better for you than you others.

So which ones can you chow down on and which ones do you need to be more cautious about eating?

The Huffington Post published the serving sizes, calories, fat and sugar for each type of cookie. I put them in the order that you seem to get the most cookie for your calories. (The article has photos if you’re not sure which cookie you normally eat.)

The new Savannah Smiles are some of your best bets – with a serving size of 5 cookies, you only get 140 calories, 5g fat and 10g sugar.

Trefoils offer a serving size of 5 cookies for 160 calories, 8g fat and 7g sugar.

Shout Outs! offer a serving size of 4 cookies for 130 calories, 5g fat and 8g fat.

Thin Mints come in at 4 cookies,160 calories, 8g fat, and 10g sugar.

Dulce de Leche cookies offer you 4 cookies for 160 calories, 8g fat, and 9g sugar.

You will only get 2 Do-Si-Dos for 110 calories, 5g fat and 7g sugar.

Two Thank U Berry Munch cookies will cost you 120 calories, 5g fat and 7g sugar.

Thanks-A-Lots are also two cookies for 150 calories, 6g fat and 9g sugar.

You can have two Lemonades for 150 calories, 7g fat and 9g sugar.

Of course my favorites are on the bad side. With Samoas, you only get two cookies for 140 calories, 7g fat, 10g sugars. (I can’t eat just two of these.)

You can eat two Tagalongs for 140 calories, 9g fat and 8g sugar.

There is a big difference between getting to eat five cookies compared with two for about the same calories. But I don’t think the Savannah Smiles will satisfy me when what I really want are the Samoas.

So where do your favorite fall? Would you choose another cookie based on these numbers? Would you eat less of your favorite now knowing the numbers?

46 comments Add your comment

Figment

January 26th, 2012
12:30 pm

Doesn’t matter to me, I’m not going to sit and eat a whole box of cookies at once regardless. All things in moderation people.

justmy2cents

January 26th, 2012
12:52 pm

The Atlanta area girl scouts are not selling all those kinds. Only tag a longs, trefoils, thin mints, samoas, do si dos, and savannah smiles this year.

K's mom

January 26th, 2012
1:08 pm

I am with Figment…who cares as long as you eat them in moderation. I wish everyone would learn the 90%/10% rule that most registered dieticians recommend and stop telling everyone that we should healthy 100% of the time….

Augusta

January 26th, 2012
1:09 pm

How about we tackle more serious issues than the caloric content of a freaking cookie:

What would you do if your 22 year old daughter, went out got drunk as hell, then decided to get into her car, with 3 friends, and hit and kill a 46 year old woman, who was a 15 year vetern of the Police Department?

Stacey

January 26th, 2012
1:11 pm

@justmy2cents…I was just thinking that I had never heard of half of the ones listed.

I’m not a huge fan of Girl Scout cookies but I usually buy a few boxes per year to support the sister troop of my son’s Cub Scout pack. When I ate them, I preferred thin mints and my son like the peanut butter sandwich (sorry, don’t know the cutesy name for them). I’ve gotten e-mails from several friends and coworker asking me to order from their daughters but I will probably only buy a box if the girl asks herself and if my son wants them since hubby nor I will likely eat any.

JOD

January 26th, 2012
1:26 pm

I’ve managed not to buy any GS cookies the last couple of years, even though there are several requests (usually by the moms as opposed to the kids). I only like the Thin Mints and Tagalongs, but I can leave them and satisfy my sweet tooth elsewhere. If I get a request from a girl we know, I’ll consider getting a box or 2.

@Augusta – I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and not just because Hubs is a cop. That poor woman never had a chance, and it’s so sad. Her daughter is the same age as the —– who killed her mom. I hadn’t heard about the friend angle. So sad, but it would be interesting to think about the perp’s mom’s perspective.

mom2alex&max

January 26th, 2012
1:39 pm

They all taste awful ever since they made them “healthy”. They still have a gross amount of fat and sugar, but now they taste like straw.

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Soccer MILF

January 26th, 2012
2:05 pm

I just hope Michelle Obama can stop the girl scouts from destroying America soon enough!

Light

January 26th, 2012
2:08 pm

ABC

January 26th, 2012
2:29 pm

TWG–can you please ban “Light” whoever he or she is?

motherjanegoose

January 26th, 2012
2:50 pm

I just mentioned this at dinner last night, ” No purchase of girl scout cookies on my end.” Typically, we forget to communicate who/what/where and we end up buying more than we need or can even consume. There are only two of us home now and so we can do without. My fav’s are thin mints and trefoils. I was at a school today where a teacher was kindly whispering to the other’s ” there is banana pudding in the kitchen, don’t miss it.” One teacher hedged and said she was not too interested. I laughed and said, “pass here too.” I am not much of a sweet person but I love salty snacks. To each his/her own.

@ Augusta, are you a little testy today? I too am sad about the untimely death of the police officer but truly TWG can blog about whatever she wishes. If no one shows up to comment, then she may need another topic.

Lori

January 26th, 2012
2:51 pm

They are cookies….we don’t buy them because they are healthy for you!

Voice of Reson

January 26th, 2012
3:09 pm

Girls Scout cookies are awesome, and they are even better if you store them in the freezer (especially the Thin Mints) before you eat them.

If you are on a diet, or don’t like cookies your argument is invalid because this year you can buy them and have them donated to soldiers overseas instead of taking delivery of them yourselves.

Voice of Reason

January 26th, 2012
3:10 pm

Yes that’s me, I just can’t spell today apparently.

DB

January 26th, 2012
3:40 pm

Different areas of the country use different bakers for their cookies, and different bakeries offer different cookies — Atlanta uses Little Brownie Bakery.

I’m still a little aghast at the cost of the cookies. $3.50 for 12 or 15 cookies (Tag-A-Longs)? Dang! Yes, I know, they’re fund-raisers — I was a GS leader for 13 years. But still . . . dang! With all the places people have to decide where to put their money, expensive little cookies seems pretty extravagant. And I’m still not sure why they started selling them right at the first of the year — I mean, why try to sell cookies when all the commercials on TV are Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem?!

DB

January 26th, 2012
3:51 pm

RE: The DUI girl who killed the policewoman. I find it extremely offensive that her facebook friends are chastising the media and telling the media to “leave her alone.” Really? What makes her so damn special? I’m sure she IS remorseful — but the idiot woman (and she’s 22, so yeah, she SHOULD know better) gets behind the wheel and kills a cop and they think the media is being too hard on her? Delusional! The media is a lot kinder to her than her “friends” in jail will be after she gets sent up for vehicular homicide.

Denise

January 26th, 2012
3:55 pm

Do you really think about calories and sugar intake when you sit with a box of Girl Scout cookies? I don’t. I already know that they are not healthy when I buy them so I eat them because I like them. If I buy too many for my willpower to resist, I bring them to work and either put them out for my group to eat or I put them in our little kitchenette with a sticky note that tells people to take some. It’s not rocket science.

justmy2cents

January 26th, 2012
3:59 pm

@DB I, too, wonder at the timing of the sales! At least wait til March when most folks have quit their New Year’s resolutions. :o)

@ Stacey- the Thanks A Lot sound good! Shortbread with fudge icing on one side…yum! My girls just entered GS this year, and their main goal was to get enough boxes donated to the troops to earn that patch above all others.

Old Man

January 26th, 2012
4:07 pm

You know when you get six tickets and have already wrecked your car at least once, you might want to reexamine your driving skills and habits because the outside world is trying to tell you something. Its too bad that after about the 4th speeding ticket a judge didn’t let her see what the inside of a jail looks like for a week or two. That might have gotten her attention.

FCM

January 26th, 2012
4:19 pm

I need help with the DUI story….if the woman who was killed had been someone other than a cop would that somehow make it more acceptable? Regardless of the victims profession my heart grieves for her family. My heart also grieves the for the 22 yo and her family…because she sure mucked up!

As to the cookies….I don’t think people buy the cookies so much because of the consumption factor. I think they do it to help the kid. I personally have thrown out cookies 6 -8 months after we purchased them because nobody at them!

K's Mom

January 26th, 2012
4:41 pm

@just my 2 cents….I love shortbread cookies with Nutella, so those do sound yummy!

Soccer MILF

January 26th, 2012
4:50 pm

I like to deep fry all my girl scout cookies and after proper digestion, let out my methane gases so it heats up our ice bergs. Its my way of opposing libtards.

Techmom

January 26th, 2012
5:32 pm

It’s really just the “Take Orders” that are done early. They girls will be selling them in March in front of every store you walk into. I buy a couple of boxes each from sisters of boys in my son’s Scout Troop. It’s their biggest fundraiser and at least they’re not just standing on the corner or outside the door to a store begging.

Now I just wish the Boy Scouts would take a lesson and figure out a fundraiser that works as well as cookies. Even if you don’t like the cookies, a lot of people will still buy a box or two because, hey, it’s only $3.50 or $7 and it’s supporting a good organization. The popcorn the Boy Scouts sell on the other hand is $22 a box. ABSURD!

Fred

January 26th, 2012
5:41 pm

Shame on you Theresa lol. Girl Scout Cookies are inviolate. There are ZERO calories in Girl Scout cookies. I hope your fingers fall off if you ever try to type something like this again. You might as well just walk up and kick Bambi in the teeth while he’s crying over his dead mother.

Fred

January 26th, 2012
5:43 pm

Soccer MILF

January 26th, 2012
4:50 pm

I like to deep fry all my girl scout cookies and after proper digestion, let out my methane gases so it heats up our ice bergs. Its my way of opposing libtards.
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Anyone who uses the term “libtards” is just irrefutably stupid. They are as likely to read Huffington as to watch Glenn Beck. Same insipid mindset. Bless your heart.

Fred

January 26th, 2012
5:47 pm

Augusta

January 26th, 2012
1:09 pm

How about we tackle more serious issues than the caloric content of a freaking cookie:

What would you do if your 22 year old daughter, went out got drunk as hell, then decided to get into her car, with 3 friends, and hit and kill a 46 year old woman, who was a 15 year vetern of the Police Department?
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I would love her as she would still be the same daughter I fell hopelessly in love with the day she was born..

What would you do? Kill her? Maybe torture her to death slowly?

Patrick

January 26th, 2012
5:59 pm

Theresa, I’m with you. Samoas are my favorite. Nothing else will suffice. My mom loves the Thin Mints. My dad’s the only hold-out. I usually buy two boxes: one for home, one for work. I usually buy from the local troop that’s always parked outside of the Wal-Mart. If anyone at work’s selling them, I might buy them, if I have the money.

Jeff

January 26th, 2012
6:48 pm

Haven’t eaten them in years.

newblogger

January 26th, 2012
6:53 pm

@Augusta, how about you go away? I enjoy this blog for what it is…a blog. It is not meant for always diving into serious issues. If that’s what you want, check out some other blog. I love coming home from work and catching up on what has been said throughout the day. I do not however enjoy your nasty comments and I don’t think anyone else does either. Even most children know to be nice or be quiet!

MomsRule

January 27th, 2012
10:20 am

I’m not a huge fan of the cookies and I think they are over priced. I do realize it is a fundraiser though and purchase occassionally. Also, I heard a while back that the GScouts actually make a very very small percentage of the per box price from the fundraiser. Does anyone know the facts on this?

catlady

January 27th, 2012
3:15 pm

Which GS cookies are the worst for you? The ones you eat by the POUND!

DB

January 27th, 2012
8:35 pm

@MomsRule: The troop itself only receives $.40 – $.50 per box. The Council keeps the rest (after, of course, paying the bakery for the cookies). There are some small cash bonuses if troops exceed previous year’s sales by a certain percentage, etc., etc. The girls, individually, receive nothing monetary. They may qualify for prizes (the young ones) or the older ones may use “cookie credits” in lieu of prizes (sliding scale, depending on how many cookies sold) towards registration fees, camping fees, etc. In 2010, the Council (most of North Georgia, about 41 counties) earned about $8 million on cookie sales, which accounted for about 59% of their revenue, which is used for programming, camps, education, and scholarships and a portion of operating costs.

Barry

January 27th, 2012
9:13 pm

How many calories do you get if you just eat a Girls Scout?

Virginia

January 27th, 2012
10:25 pm

I order 2 boxes, Thin Mints and Tagalogs. One I’m donating to the Troops and the other I’m sharing with friends since I’m diabetic. I hated the sugar-free ones that had sorbitol (or any sugar alcohol) since they also upset my stomach, even when I just ate a few.

Kar

January 27th, 2012
10:31 pm

I buy them only to support the cause.

Really.

Hetch Hetchy

January 27th, 2012
10:38 pm

I never buy them. Just more garbage southerners throw down their throats and rationalize doing it.

When the gsa starts making something healthy to eat, i will buy it.

My Two Cents

January 27th, 2012
10:38 pm

I don’t buy them because they are too expensive and have too many calories and fat.

zeesmama

January 27th, 2012
11:00 pm

WOW! Who knew the subject of girl scout cookies would bring out so many grouchy people. @Hetch Hetchy – you do realize the GSA is an international Organization. SMH

Hetch Hetchy

January 27th, 2012
11:17 pm

Well well, sorry if that struck so close to home. The ajc is in Atlanta; the South has the highest percentage of obesity in the US: I don’t eat garbage: the gsa is a good cause, but I won’t buy cookies to support them.

Lavondia

January 28th, 2012
12:28 am

Seriously, I’d like toknow WHERE you go to buy GS cookies in this city. They used to come door to the door but now in my ‘hood you’re apt to become a crime victim if the homes knows you’re carryin $ or somethin of value. The Scouts I see with tables outside stores are usually sold out of thin mints (my all time fave) time I come along.

A person SMART enough to know......

January 28th, 2012
1:29 am

I bounce thin mints on my wife’s naked butt before I eat them. I get the calories and the thin mints still go to her butt. HAHAH

Is Paula Dean on the Girl Scout's board?

January 28th, 2012
1:31 am

Why don’t the Girl Scouts sell something healty — like apples or jump ropes. Why do they want to contribute to the health problems of this country. What kind of scout is that!

Big Homie

January 28th, 2012
2:16 am

Who cares about the caloric content?!?! Most of us only get the cookies ONCE A YEAR!

Justsayin

January 28th, 2012
4:17 am

Calories in 4 or 5 cookies? What’s that? TELL US HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN THE WHOLE BOX!!

Just sayin

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