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Samoas or Caramel deLites? Why Do Girl Scout Cookies Have Different Names Depending On Where You Live?

By Courtney Enlow | Miscellaneous | January 20, 2017 |

By Courtney Enlow | Miscellaneous | January 20, 2017 |

It’s almost the best time of the year. It’s almost Girl Scout Cookie time assuming the new president doesn’t demand the elimination of all Girl Scouts and troop leaders. And every year I stock up on Peanut Butter Patties like I’m preparing for nuclear winter which this year I pretty much am eating whole boxes in one sitting and still craving more. Because Peanut Butter Patties are the best.

“Tagalongs are the best,” Dustin wrote in our staff Facebook group.

“YOU’RE A FUCKING LIAR,” I said before very quickly remembering they are the exact same cookie.

So why does this happen? Why are they Tagalongs for some of us, Peanut Butter Patties for others? Why are they Samoas for some of us, Caramel deLites for the rest?

The answer is simple. And kind of stupid.

Girl Scout Cookies are made by different companies, using the same recipes but different names. Presently those companies are Little Brownie Bakers, which is part of Keebler, and ABC Bakers from George Weston Limited, the same company that produces Wonder Bread.

Depending on what distributor your local Girl Scouts get their cookies from, you know the most popular cookies as:

Thin Mints (both)
Caramel deLites (ABC) / Samoas (LBB)
Peanut Butter Sandwich (ABC) / Do-si-dos (LBB)
Peanut Butter Patties (ABC) / Tagalongs (LBB)
Shortbread (ABC) / Trefoils (LBB)

ABC offers some cookies with no LBB equivalent: Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, and Trios. LBB’s cookies with no ABC equivalent are: Savannah Smiles, Rah-Rah Raisins, and Toffee-tastic.

Both companies have a cookie called Girl Scout S’more. ABC’s is a”graham cookie double dipped in crème icing and finished with a chocolate coating” while LBB’s is a “graham sandwich cookies with chocolate and marshmallow filling.”

The LA Times has an interactive map of which distributor delivers to your location. And even though they use the same recipes, all cookies are not created equal.

The Thin Mints we all know and adore? Well, we’re all knowing and adoring different cookies.


The Samoas/Caramel deLites some of you swear by and others consider coconut trash? Very different depending on where you live.


Thank you. This has been Cookie Time.

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