Girl Scouts: Molly Moon Wants Your Thin Mints

It’s that time of the year when Girl Scouts (and their parents) begin their annual cookie push. And this year, local ice cream purveyor and lifetime Girl Scout, Molly Moon, is calling out to all local Girl Scouts for her annual purchase of 84,000 Thin Mint Cookies. This Friday (January 11) after 3:00pm, if you bring your Girl Scout to Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream (1622 1/2  N. 45th St.), she and her staff will be ready to hear each enterprising young lady’s sales pitch to decide how many boxes to purchase from each scout.

So, what does Moon do with 84,000 (which translates to $21,000 worth of) Thin Mints? She blends them with some organic peppermint for her signature “Scout” mint ice cream, and the money from the big cookie buy enables Girl Scouts to go to Girl Scout Camp. Win, win!

  • Mika

    But what about Samoas!?!?

  • Brian

    Why did you erase all the previous comments on this topic?

  • Margaret

    It was requested by all those who took part in the discussion, which honestly had no relevance to the post at all.

  • Brian

    OK. Well, I have something to get off my chest that’s on topic and I’m sure I’m gonna get blasted for saying so. Am I the only one that is bothered that a company that claims to use natural and organic ingredients uses a product that contains trans fats? Molly Moon’s makes the claim that “…making green and healthy choices is our greatest priority” yet they add a product to their ice cream that contains partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (contained in thin mints), which is at the opposite spectrum of “healthy”. This sort of trans fat is anything but natural. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and artery clogging trans fats play no small role in this. If you doubt me, you really should do some research on the subject.

    The other side of this issue that bothers me is that the Girl Scouts (the organization, not the participants) continues to use partially hydrogenated oils in the production of their cookies (not all) and expects the girls to peddle them — and, even people who wouldn’t eat them buy them because they feel obligated. Parents of Girl Scouts should be writing the home office and demand that they stop using such unhealthy ingredients. Even Nabisco managed to take the trans fats out of Oreos — I’m sure the Girl Scouts can do the same thing.

  • Jean

    From the Girl Scout website: Girl Scouts of the USA is proud that all Girl Scout Cookies are “zero trans fat per serving” with the same great taste that has made them one of America’s favorite treats over the years. All varieties contain less than 0.5 grams trans fat per serving, which meets or exceeds the FDA guidelines for the “zero trans fat” designation. Selected varieties can claim 100% trans-fat-free status, meaning there’s not a speck of trans fats in the whole package.

  • Brian

    @Jean – The Girl Scouts can claim zero trans fat because of the FDA loophole but it’s a sham, in my opinion. If it has partially hydrogenated oils in it, it has trans fat. So, the company that makes the cookies for the Girl Scouts can manipulate the ingredients or the serving size so that it comes in just under 0.5 grams and label it “zero trans fat”, like you said. But, that doesn’t make it so. Big business pays lobbyists millions of dollars to keep their interests protected in DC. Do you really think the FDA has only your interest & health in mind? Those half a grams per serving add up fast.

  • Bollyhood

    Ran into a friend who took her girl scout from Ravenna down to Wallingford Molly Moon by 4pm today just to be told that were NO LONGER BUYING COOKIES from the GSs. They didn’t bother telling any of the girls who were in line outside waiting in 39 degree weather until they got to the counter. And MM says they were to buy 84,000 boxes?!?!?! But I bet they sold a lot of ice cream to those girls today.

  • Einstein

    @Bollyhood: 84,000 cookies; not 84,000 boxes. Still no small amount, though.

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