This is a post I originally wrote in March 2009. Since it is that time of year again, I thought it would be great to revisit the secret names of Girl Scout cookies.
My husband and I have been having a debate since our first year of marriage. Actually, I think it may have begun while we were dating. It has nothing to do with any big issues like politics or religion or what the heck is really happening on LOST. Nope, it has to do with cookies.
Girl Scout cookies to be exact.
First, let me admit that I am a Brownie drop-out. I did the Girl Scout thing for a few years and just didn’t feel it, so I dropped out. However, during my few years in the Brownies I sold the infamous Girl Scout cookies. Or, more accurately, my parents took my order form to work and sold to their co-workers. Then I begged family members to order so I could win the special bracelet or toy I wanted for selling a specific number of boxes.
We always ordered a few boxes for our family as well. And if I had saved enough allowance sometimes I would order myself my very own box or two of Dos-i-dos or Tagalongs.
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Even after I stopped selling the cookies we always ordered our favorites, Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs. Every year the cookies were the same even if the artwork on the box changed. Every place we moved, Owensboro, West Virginia, even Alabama, still had our favorites.
Until 2003, the first year I ordered cookies after I moved to Lexington. That year a co-worker asked if wanted to order some cookies. I, of course, obliged. I began to review the order form and suddenly panic set in. What has happened? Where were my beloved Tagalongs? And the Dos-i-dos are gone! Now, they couldn’t have discontinued the Samoas. Oh, what a relief, they still have Thin Mints.
Upon further inspection of the order form I realized THE NAMES HAD CHANGED! I was outraged. How could all my childhood memories of Tagalongs be taken away from me in just one horrible decision to name them peanut butter patties? It’s just so generic.
I didn’t investigate this new development. I just assumed the names changed everywhere. Until the following year, when I was dating my soon to be husband, the original Lexingtonian. He was just as outraged when I told him I had bought some Tagalongs from the Girl Scouts outside Kroger.
He looked at me as if I was speaking another language. He looked at the box and said, “oh, you mean peanut butter patties.”
I said, “No! Tagalongs. That is the real name.”
And then the arguments began. Apparently in some areas of this fine country Girl Scout cookies have different names. My husband is of the opinion that Tagalongs and Samoas are ridiculous names while my opinion is more along the lines of AT LEAST THEY AREN’T SOME GENERIC NAME! PEANUT BUTTER PATTIES, BOO! HOW BORING IS THAT??
I know most of you will be agreeing with my husband. And I forgive you for that. But for those of you who are transplants from the regions which have correct Girl Scout cookie names, I’m heading due west soon. I can pick you up a few boxes of your favorites.
I am once again heading west this coming weekend, so feel free to leave your requests for the CORRECT name cookies in the comment section and I'll grab a few of your favorites.