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Girl Scout Cookies, Rice Krispie Treats

Posted: March 7, 2012 - 9:00am

Girl Scouts are once again selling their cookies, so be sure you don't miss out. Among the eight varieties of cookies that may be baked by two of the country's only bakers licensed to bake Girl Scout cookies (ABC/Interbake Foods and Little Brownie Bakers), only three are mandatory: Thin Mints(R) (the most popular Girl Scout cookie), Do-si-dos(R) (peanut butter sandwich cookies) and Trefoils(R) (shortbread). These three varieties, along with Samoas(R) (Caramel deLites) and Tagalongs(R) (Peanut Butter Patties(R)) are America's most favorite Girl Scout cookies -- so far. Now, in honor of the organization's 100th anniversary, a new cookie has emerged, called "Savannah Smiles(TM)," a crescent shaped, lemon-wedge cookie with lemon chips dusted in powdered sugar, named for the birthplace of Girl Scout founder, Juliet Low. Of course, since Girl Scouts have been selling Girl Scout cookies since 1917, it stands to reason new cookie flavors and names would arise through decades of successful entrepreneurship. Inevitably, the homemade, single-cookie sale concept, emanating from a recipe by Florence E. Neil and the kitchens of Girl Scouts and their mothers, expanded into a full-fledged business that could no longer call itself homemade, or simple. In stark contrast, however, is the Rice Krispies Treat, created by Mildred Day and the Kellogg Company's home economics staff, in the 1920's or 1930's, as a fund-raiser for a Camp Fire Girls (now called Camp Fire USA) group. The iconic Rice Krispies Treat recipe, the poster child for "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," has been printed on Rice Krispies boxes since 1941. It's good to know there are more than a few things in life that doesn't need fixing. For sure, the Girl Scouts is one, and Thin Mints, another.  For information on the Girl Scouts, including links to celebrations commemorating their 100th anniversary, visit www.girlscouts.org, or call 1-800-478-7248. Kitchen Ade Note: Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina works in partnership with ABC Bakers, which does not offer the Savannah Smiles lemon cookie. The two cookie bakers each must make the three basic Girl Scout cookies - Thin Mints, Shortbreads and Peanut Butter Sandwich; the other five cookies are up to the baker's discretion. ABC opted to go with the Lemonade cookie, a shortbread cookie with lemon icing, which is popular among ABC Bakers' customers. They will release a new cookie in 2013.

Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at kitchenade@yahoo.com.

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