Been pondering this year's Girl Scouts cookie buy? You know, the annual: Should it be two boxes of chocolatey Thin Mints or one each shortbread Trefoils and those peanut-butter sandwich things. Well, guess what? There’s a new sweet in town.
Yep, Girl Scouts across the country along with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana have added a new cookie, a lemony “Savannah Smile” to its lineup to mark the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. They'll join the classics (Tagalongs, etc.) in the offerings this year when the sale kicks off Jan. 7.
What’s behind the name? Savannah (as in Georgia) salutes the birthplace of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low. And the cookie’s half-moon shape is meant to represent a lemon wedge and “Brownie Smile.” (Don’t know what that is? Every Brownie learns to sing: “I’ve got something in my pocket, it belongs across my face…”).
Anyway, with those cookie sales getting underway this weekend and The Stew, always ready to taste a new sweet munched a few Savannah Smiles. Here’s what tasters had to say:
“Nice, dense, crunchy and shortbready. Light lemon flavor with a sugar dusting. I’d eat ’em.”
“Tart with the sweetness coming through as you eat them. Dense.”
“Looks like a little scone, tastes like a lemon drop candy.”
“Nice hit of lemon. Slightly dry. I’m a Thin Mints person.”
"Tastes like those old-fashioned Key lime cookies."
“I like the crunchiness and lemon flavor. The best part is each cookie is less than 30 calories each!”
For the record, a serving of Savannah Smiles (5 cookies) is 140 calories. Not bad compared to, say, or Thin Mints (4 cookies = 160 calories). Details: www.girlscoutcookies.org