They’re baaaaccckkk! Before you place your order this year, here’s something you should know: All Girl Scout cookies are not created equal. That’s because serving sizes range from two to five cookies and come with a smorgasbord of nutrition stats.
While the five best-sellers are Thin Mints, Samoas/Caramel DeLites, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos and Shortbread/Trefoils, there are actually 15 different varieties of Girl Scout cookies you may come across this season, and some cookie names differ depending on your location.
Different bakeries hold the licenses for certain (similar) recipes, which is why cookies such as Samoas and Caramel DeLites are not exact subs for each other. When doing a direct comparison, they won’t look exactly the same, and the have slightly different nutritional information.
All the more reason to check the label and find out what you’re really (happily) munching on.
Curious about how your favorite cookie stacks up nutritionally? Check out our drool-worthy gallery of Girl Scout cookies (you know you want to) and get the skinny on how bad—or good—they are for you.
Girl Scouts of America
Before you get in touch with your inner Cookie Monster and dive into that box, find out how your favorite Girl Scout cookie stacks up. We’ve rated them from the most to the least healthy. The great news: For each of the top seven, you can indulge in at least four cookies, which equal just one serving. Yum!
Savannah Smiles - Most Healthy
These lemony newcomers are making quite the entrance: For only 140 calories, you can eat five of these powdered treats! The rest of the per-serving stats come in at 5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat and 10 grams of sugar. Go ahead, grab another…and another…and another…
You can munch on five of these shortbread morsels in one serving as well, but the calorie count is slightly higher at 160 calories. The other info: 8 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat and 7 grams of sugar.
A sister cookie to the Trefoils, four Shortbread cookies total 120 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat and 4 grams of sugar.
Last year’s newbie, this caramelized cookie still gives you a sweet snacking splurge: four cookies has only 130 calories, 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat and 8 grams of sugar.
Dulce De Leche
Continuing the caramel party, these cookies are filled with caramel chips. You can snag four cookies for just 160 calories, 8 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat and 9 grams of sugar.
An old classic, get your mint fix with four cookies for 160 calories, 8 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat and 10 grams of sugar. The downside? They contain partially hydrogenated oils and some also have high fructose corn syrup.
Peanut Butter Sandwich
Talk about peanuty! Three of these peanut butter-flavored cookies (filled with peanut butter filling) pack 2 grams of protein, along with 160 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat and 8 grams of sugar. Bummer: They also contain partially hydrogenated oils.
These are just another name for the peanut butter sandwich, with slightly different nutritional stats: One serving is equivalent to two cookies, 110 calories, 5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat and 7 grams of sugar.
Thank U Berry Munch
For a tart and sweet bite, grab these cookies, which are filled with cranberries and white chocolate chunks. One serving is two cookies, which totals 120 calories, 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat and 7 grams of sugar.
Peanut Butter Patties
Another national bestseller, you can chomp on two of these cookies for 130 calories, 8 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat and 7 grams of sugar. The bad news? These cookies contain partially hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup.
An alternative name for the peanut butter patties, this version has slightly more calories (140 for two cookies), 9 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat and 8 grams of sugar.
The combo of chocolate, caramel and coconut makes these cookies delicious—just be sure to stop at two cookies, which is one serving. The stats: 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat and 10 grams of sugar.
What a polite cookie! The shortbread dipped in chocolate has “Thank You!” inscribed on the front. Just be sure to say “no thanks” after eating two cookies, which equals one serving size and clocks in at 150 calories, 6 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat and 9 grams of sugar.
Pucker up for this tart lemon and shortbread blend. Two cookies total 150 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat and 9 grams of sugar. Plus, it contains partially hydrogenated oils to boot.
Caramel DeLites - Least Healthy
These cookies may be tasty—but don’t get carried away: Two cookies come in at 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat and 13 grams of sugar (the highest sugar amount per serving of all the cookies!). They also contain partially hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup.
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