Momlogic's Susannah Locketti: Plain and simple, the Girl Scouts need to start selling produce instead of cookies. I'd be so much thinner! I swear these girls prey on will power deficient moms like me. Either that or I stalk anyone selling a box.
I almost made it through the Girl Scout cookie phase this season, but unfortunately my PMS kicked in the at the tail end of sales -- so I bought four boxes. Actually, I deliberately searched out a woman at work knowing she's a Girl Scout leader. Within minutes, I was writing a check in a dark parking lot for four boxes of Girl Scout cookies. This woman had her minivan stacked to the brim with every variety. Now that's what I call customer service!
I gave two boxes as gifts while running errands after work. The other two boxes were left to my own demise. I hate this point of the Girl Scout cookie purchase. You feel good buying the cookies because you are supporting a great cause, but where is the support I need to prevent myself from eating all of the cookies in one sitting? (like I did last year...and the year before that...and the year before that)
Come to think of it, the Girl Scouts should man a hot line each year devoted to helping people stop at just one cookie. I can just see myself now calling the hotline and then yelling at the poor thing for telling a grown woman to stop at just one cookie ... the nerve of those girls!
It all started so innocently this year with what was behind box number one ... two sleeves of Thin Mints. Ironic they have the word "Thin" in the name. I hid the cookies in my desk at work and noshed on a sleeve all morning. Did I mention they are reaaallly good with coffee? By the time my coffee was empty, so was the sleeve of Thin Mints. BTW, they also make a great cheesecake crust. I tried to give the second sleeve to my husband after work, but he left them on the kitchen island and fell asleep. I shamelessly devoured that sleeve by midnight ... and didn't feel guilty. Girl Scout cookies will do that to you.
The second box of Lemon Round Shortbreads represented breakfast, lunch and dinner the next day ... no lie. Regrettably, I glanced at the nutritional label. FACT: I consumed 56 grams of fat and 1200 calories in this variety alone! This is the part where you curse yourself for even buying the cookies in the first place! I then wonder why I do this to myself year after year, box after box ... when I KNOW Girl Scout cookies are no good for me, set me back a decade in the weight loss department and make me feel horrible because I don't have the will power to stop at one box, let along one cookie. That's because they taste so good going down...you forget about all the bad ... until the box is empty. Here's the worst part. Remember the two boxes I gave as gifts? I gave one box to my camera guy Chuck and ate them when I was at his house this week ... Caramel DeLites ... my favorite.
Is it just me or are there "others" out there suffering from Girl Scout cookie addiction? What's your cookie of choice? How do you resist the temptation? Are you a Girl Scout leader and secretly eat the cookies? Would love to hear your Girl Scout cookie stories!
|Susannah Locketti is an on-air chef and lifestyles personality discovered by the Food Network. Susannah is a mother of 2 boys, who specializes in low cost approaches to food and home. She is currently working on her first cookbook.|