Who doesn’t love Girl Scout cookies?
Every year when Girl Scout Cookie season rolls around, thousands of troops take to the streets with a very noble mission: to sell as many boxes of cookies as humanly possible. Girl Scout cookies are win-win: Girl Scout troops get to keep the proceeds as a much-needed source of revenue, and everybody else gets cookies. But even if you’ve never missed an opportunity to stock up on Thin Mints, we bet that there are some things you didn’t know about these popular cookies.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Girl Scout Cookies
Every year when Girl Scout Cookie season rolls around, thousands of troops take to the streets with a very noble mission: to sell as many boxes of cookies as humanly possible. But even if you’ve never missed an opportunity to stock up on Thin Mints, we bet that there are some things you didn’t know about these popular cookies.
Girl Scouts Sold Calendars During WWII Because of Rationing
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Everyone did their part to support the war effort during World War II, including the Girl Scouts. They weren’t able to sell as many cookies as usual during the war, so they sold calendars as well, and also collected cans of fat to donate and sold War Bonds at no profit.
Thin Mints Are the Top Seller
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About 25 percent of all Girl Scout cookies sold are Thin Mints. Samoas/Caramel deLites are in second place with 19 percent of sales.
Gluten-Free, Vegan Girl Scout Cookies Are Now Available
Both Little Brownie’s Toffee-Tastic and ABC’s Trios are now gluten-free. Little Brownie’s Thin Mints and ABC’s Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lots, Thin Mints, and Peanut Butter Patties are vegan.
There Are Dozens of Discontinued Varieties
Remember All Abouts? How about Cinna-Spins, Olé Olés, Savannahs, Snaps, or Van’chos? These are just some of the more than 40 Girl Scout cookie varieties that have come and gone throughout the years.
There’s a Mobile Cookie-Locator App
Looking for the nearest Girl Scout cookie seller? There’s an app for that on iOS and Android devices, which has complete listings of when and where you can find Girl Scouts selling cookies at booth sales near you/
There Are More Differences Between the Two Bakeries Than You May Realize
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While the main cookie varieties tend to look and taste more or less the same between the two bakeries, the recipes tend to be quite different. And while each bakery can offer up to eight different cookie varieties on any given year, only three are mandatory: Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-Si-Dos, and Shortbread/Trefoils. While the five additional options can be changed every year, all changes must be approved by Girl Scouts of the USA. Some of the cookies produced by ABC contain high-fructose corn syrup, but Little Brownie has phased the ingredient out entirely.
They Take Sustainable Ingredient Sourcing Very Seriously
The bakers are “required to provide assurance that cocoa sourced for Girl Scout Cookies is child- and slave-labor free,” according to girlscouts.org, and they only use certified sustainable palm oil. While they don’t deny using GMO ingredients, they also point out that “there is worldwide scientific support for the safety of currently commercialized ingredients derived from genetically modified agricultural crops.”
Jimmy Fallon Helped Break the Record for Most Cookies Sold
Last year, 17 year-old Oklahoma City native Katie Francis broke the world record for most Girl Scout Cookies sold by one person: 101,106. She sold the record-breaking box to none other than Jimmy Fallon during an appearance on his show; he purchased a $4 box of Samoas.
Only About 65 Percent of Girl Scouts Sell Cookies
“Annually, about 65 percent of registered Girl Scouts choose to participate in the program,” according to Girl Scouts of the USA.
Buying Them Can Be Tax-Deductible
If you keep the cookies you buy for yourself, then you can’t write them off because you’ve bought them at fair market value. However, if you buy the cookies but leave them with the Girl Scouts or donate them to another organization, you may be able to write them off as a charitable donation.
11 Delicious Facts You Never Knew About Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout cookies are surely an American staple food. They instantly incite joy and excitement in most people who hear that there are some scouts nearby selling them. You don't think twice about purchasing Girl Scout cookies. They belong in your life always.
Unfortunately, they can't always be in your life, since they are seasonal. But fortunately for you, they are in season right now. And with this being the inaugural year of the first gluten-free cookie, the Chocolate Chip Shortbread, we're here to offer you some more awesomely yummy facts about Girl Scouts that will make you want to go out and buy a box (or three) immediately.
1. Every year, since 1999, Girl Scout Cookies bring in about $700 million in revenue.
That means about 200 million boxes are sold at varying prices per a box. 75 percent of the proceeds go to the local council, while 25 percent goes to the bakeries that bake the cookies.
2. The whole operation started with a troop holding a small bake sale selling sugar cookies in 1917.
Two Girl Scouts in the 1920s making the sugar cookies.
Then in 1922, a regional director for the Girl Scouts of Chicago created a simple sugar cookie recipe and published it in the nation-wide newsletter, "American Girl." All 2,000 Girl Scout troops started baking the cookies and selling them.
3. Thin Mints are the most popular cookie.
As of 2011, they account for $175 million of the profits. It could be the glorious mix between chocolate and mint, or maybe it's because they have the most cookies per a box. The next popular cookies, in order of profitability, are Samoas ($133 million), Tagalongs ($93 million), Do-si-dos and Savannahs ($71 million) and Trefoils ($63 million).
4. Depending on your local council, your Girl Scouts will either call the cookies by their literal or creative names.
That's because your local council gets its cookies from one of two Girl Scout cookie bakeries: ABC Bakers or Little Brownie Bakers. Depending on the location, each bakery titles the cookies differently. But don't worry, you're still getting the same cookie, whether it's labeled as a Samoa or a Caramel deLite!
5. In 1933, you could buy 44 cookies for just 23 cents.
Also, the girls have have been known to make do with what ingredients they've had. During World War II in the 1940s, Girl Scouts started selling calendars instead of cookies due to the sugar, flour and butter shortages at the time.
6. If you get your cookies from Little Brownie bakers, no high fructose corn syrup was used to make them.
And since Little Brownie is the bakery that titled their cookies by their popular names, if your Girl Scout is selling you Tagalongs or Trefoils, you're in the clear.
7. All of the girls on the boxes are real Girl Scouts.
It's refreshing to know that those girls are truly happy and real Girl Scouts instead of models.
8. Certain Girl Scouts get special awards at the end of season.
In 1998, the Girl Scout HQ introduced awards for cookie sales as an incentive to close as many cookie deals as possible during the season. Certain badges include the "Smart Cookie," "The Cookie Connection" and "Cookies & Dough."
9. In 1985, one 13-year-old sold more than $25,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies.
Note: The cutie pictured above is not actually Elizabeth Brinton.
In Falls Church, Virginia, Elizabeth Brinton sold 11,200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in one season. Her success was presumably due to her rather aggressive efforts -- she "stalked" crowded subway stations and lured potential buyers with lines like, "They're tax-deductible." and "We take checks." Once the sucker would pull out a check she would follow up with, "Why not buy a whole case?"
10. There have been a lot of failed flavors.
Each of these flavors have been discontinued throughout the years: All Abouts (shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate with messages explaining the Girl Scouts' values like "Respect" and "Friendship), Daisy Go Rounds (cinnamon-flavored cookies shaped like daisies), Double Dutch cookies (chocolate cookies with chocolate chips) and Strawberries & Creme (sandwich cookies with vanilla creme and strawberry jam).
11. You can track where and when to buy the cookies on your smartphone.
You can download a "Girl Scout Cookie Finder" app on your iPhone or Droid to track down where your local Girl Scouts will be selling those precious cookies. Good luck!
Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Girl Scout cookies were sold at $3.50 a box. In fact, each council across the country sets its own price, based on its needs and its knowledge of the local market.
When you go to a supermarket or look at food in everyday life, if you are a vegan you may find yourself wondering if a food is vegan or not. Here are 30 foods you didn’t know are Vegan, but they most definitely are!
1 . Captain Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch
5. Jolly Ranchers Hard Candies
6. Kraft Italian Creamy Salad Dressing
7. Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
8. Pillsbury Dough Boy Crescent Rolls
10. Olive Garden’s Bread Sticks – The butter is a soybean butter oil!
12. Big League Bubblegum Chew
13. Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum Chew
15. Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies – The only girl scout cookie you should buy
16. Pringles – Original BBQ, Salsa Tortilla, Fiery, Tangy Buffalo Wings
17. Doritos – Spicy Sweet Chili & Blaze Flavors
18. Taco Bell Cinnamon Twists
21. Sour Patch Kids – Do you like them sour or sweet?
22. Oreos – Completely Vegan although there could be some cross contamination with milk at times
23. Chocolate Chip Teddy Grams
24. Whole Foods Organic Chocolate Truffles – Don’t eat too many if you are trying to loose weight.
25. Twizzlers – Not made with real strawberry but no animal’s are used in the recipe
26. Nutter Butters – Amazing with a glass of soy milk
27. McCormick Bacn Bits Bacon Pieces – They are made of textured soy protein
28. Super Pretzel Soft Pretzels – Add some Vegan cheese and nut milk for nacho cheese sauce
30. Kettle Brand Potato Chips – Pretty much the best brand of potato chip
We hope you found this list useful. Please contact ForksToFeet if there are more you think should be added!
11 things you didn&rsquot know about your nipples
1. They are the first things to grow
Both men and women have nipples because they develop in the womb before all the sexual organs.
2. Areolae come in all shapes and sizes
The areolae - the coloured skin around your nipple &ndash can be very pale or very dark and can range in size from a penny to a dinner plate.
3. The areolar glands are named after a man
The small bumps on the areolar are also known as the Glands of Montgomery, named after William Montgomery, who was the first person to document them in a scientific paper. Their function is still unclear but everyone has them.
4. Some people have more than two
Extra nipples are called supernumerary nipples and typically develop from two &lsquomilk lines&rsquo that start at the armpit, continue through the nipples and down either side of the groin. For most people, these milk lines disappear in the womb but for some people they don&rsquot. Some research suggests that men are more prone to them than women and often people mistake them for moles. Did you know Harry Styles has four nipples?
5. But some people can have more than six
More like seven! As was discovered in 2012 in the case for one 32-year-old man.
6. They are as far apart as your earlobes
Yes, if you measure the distance between your earlobes, it should match that between your nipples.
7. They can make you orgasm
However rare, it is possible for some people to reach orgasm from nipple stimulation alone.
8. They can be inverted
It is reported that up to 20% of women have inverted nipples to some extent, this is caused by shorter than usual milk-bearing ducts in the breast.
9. Human nipples behave differently to those of other mammals
Our nipples are the only ones that remain prominent and full throughout life &ndash in other mammals, they are only in this state during pregnancy and lactation.
10. They can be very VERY strong
The man said to have the strongest nipples in the world, the aptly named The Great Nippulini, was able to lift 32 kilograms on each nipple when he earned his title in 2009.
11. Nipples can change
And when they do, it&rsquos important to take note, as it could be a sign of an underlying issue. If you notice any lumps, dimpling of the skin, scabbing or hardening, consult your GP.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Trisha Yearwood
Trisha Yearwood sifts flour, as seen on Food Network's Trisha's Southern Kitchen, Season 4.
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For a self-professed "chick singer who cooks," Trisha Yearwood has been more than successful — much more. She's on her fourth season of hosting Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, and, after two best-selling cookbooks, she's back in the kitchen working on another. Yet despite her double dose of fame (and high-profile marriage to Garth Brooks), the Georgia native is as grounded as ever, evinced by her answer-any-question demo at this year's New York City Wine & Food Festival. Here, our top takeaways from her event:
1. The slow cooker is her secret weapon. "I'm all about easy. If it's hard to do, I pretty much won't do it," she says. "I grew up making stuff in the Crock-Pot. Things like chili, stews or soups — anything that could cook all day long." Lately, one of her favorite ways to use it is for turtle candy. "Making dessert in the slow cooker is the coolest thing ever and it's super, super simple," she says.
2. She's a huge Kelly Clarkson fan. It's all about the big voice for Trisha. Growing up, her music hero was Linda Ronstadt these days, it's Clarkson. "Her voice is so powerful, amazing and emotional," she says. She's such a fan, in fact, that she worked with Clarkson (and country legend Reba McEntire) on a special Christmas album, which debuted in October.
3. She makes a killer potato salad. Watch out if your path crosses hers at a picnic — she'll be packing her mother's tried-and-true potato salad. "It's really simple and goes with everything," she says. "And it only has four ingredients, which is my specialty!"
4. She's not a fan of marrying young. Coming from the South, where "22 is the norm" for marriage, Trisha encourages women today to branch out on their own first. "Don't be afraid to live your life and figure out who you are first," she says candidly. "I say that as one of the most happily married people on the planet — but I'm also 49."
5. She puts music first. Cooking has been her passion these past few years, but music is where her heart is. "If you asked me to pick between cooking and music, I'd definitely pick music. I feel like it's what I'm supposed to do," she says. "But I'm not giving up one to do the other. I hope I never have to pick."
6. She loves risotto. It's not all Southern staples at the Yearwood-Brooks home. A regular weeknight dish is mushroom risotto. "Garth loves it," she says, adding with a laugh, "We definitely didn't grow up on that!"
7. She still has cooking fails. While first dating, she attempted to make Garth his favorite dessert: German chocolate cake. Unfortunately, she inverted it too early and it broke into several pieces. He offered to "glue" it back together with the frosting. "That's when I knew he was a keeper," she says. "It looked like a volcano cake but it tasted great!"
8. She can drywall with the best of 'em. An active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, she and Garth have participated in numerous builds, including a trip to Haiti in 2011. This year, as part of the 2013 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, the pair helped build, renovate and rebuild homes in California, Colorado, New York City and New Jersey.
9. She has a thing for mini-sized objects. It started when she was a kid, with Vienna sausages. In adulthood, her love of all things tiny has transformed into a dishware obsession — in particular, small ramekins.
10. She's a Virgo through and through. "I am so detail-oriented," she laughs. "I'm an obsessive planner," while "Garth is such a dreamer. He's lucky that it all falls together for him!"
53 Cult-Favorite Items You Have to Try at Aldi
If you're lucky enough to live near an Aldi, we don't have to tell you that the supermarket chain has a cult following. That probably has something to do with the fact that Aldi products are high-quality takes on everyday essentials, super fun, totally inventive, and always delicious food and drink creations we didn't even know we needed (but we definitely do). From things you need for healthy dinners and lunches your kids will actually eat to products that make grocery shopping almost as fun as a day at the carnival&mdashlooking at you, funnel cake mix&mdashwe've rounded up the Aldi finds that shoppers won't leave the store without.
If you really want to impress your Instagram followers, grind some violet sea salt on your meals. It doesn't taste too different than your run of the mill sea salt (it has "grape aroma," though, be warned!), but it will look GORGEOUS.
Don't sleep on Aldi's frozen aisle! The grocery store has tons of frozen fruit blends you can choose from for the best smoothies at home, and this paradise blend includes mango, dragon fruit, avocado, and passion fruit.
Think of this as a burrito bowl without the wait in line. This low-carb meal comes with white meat chicken, beans, peppers, and cilantro-lime riced cauliflower.
From the makers of the ever popular Petit Coconut Wine Specialty, this raspberry-flavored version can be enjoyed alone. blended into a shake, or as a subtly sweet base for a fruity cocktail.
You can eat this street corn dip with Aldi's cult favorite street corn-flavored chips or plain tortilla chips. The taste is definitely more cheese forward as you'd expect from a dip, but customers are obsessed.
I mean. enough said. These Belgian Cocoa Dusted Truffles are a seasonal Aldi find that has won a fan favorite award in the past. You can eat them alone or use them as a topping with your favorite dessert.
Priano's pumpkin and sage ravioli may be one of the best pasta options to indulge in this fall. It's a savory blend of slow-roasted pumpkin, five cheeses, and toasted sage. There's also a butternut squash version that's blended with five cheeses and spices if you want to mix it up a bit! Pair either one with a glass of wine for a phenomenal autumn evening.
Consider these caramel apple crème cookies a must-have this fall. The seasonal Aldi product is a similar take on golden Oreos, with two crispy cookies on the outside and a creamy layer of caramel apple-flavored filling on the inside. They're set to hit shelves in early September, so mark your calendars now!
If you're a big Fla-Vor-Ice fan, these are basically the adult version. Claffey's Frozen Cocktails come in boxes of 12 with spiked flavors (all with a six percent ABV!) including blue raspberry, grape, apple, cherry, lemonade, and mango. Plus, they're only 90 calories each! Snap 'em up while you still can.
This may be the easiest and most portable way to get your breakfast fix in. Each blueberry pancake wrapped sausage on a stick only needs to be microwaved for one minute. Say goodbye to not having time for breakfast in the morning! Plus, these would especially come in handy on mornings you're feeling too lazy to cook.
Even the pickiest of eaters will love these Paw Patrol-shaped chicken nuggets. They're made with white meat and. whole grain bread crumbs, and are oven-baked once so all you have to do is heat them up thoroughly before serving.
There's now a Thin Mint ice cream bar, so you can stop hoarding cookies
Girl Scout cookie season is wrapping up, which is normally the time you develop a plan to ration off all the boxes you've been hoarding in order to make them last as long as possible.
But things are looking up for anyone who devotes too much time and energy to hiding boxes of Thin Mints from greedy roommates or family members. Just in time for summer, Good Humor released a Girl Scout-approved Thin Mint Frozen Treat, available now.
Good Humor describes it as a "frozen chocolate mint dessert bar with tasty cookie pieces covered in a dark, chocolatey coating." Basically, they made the Thin Mint bigger and filled it with chocolate, which is a good call.
Introducing the NEW Girl Scouts® Thin Mints® Frozen Treat! Find some in a freezer near you: http://t.co/bxE6WdKiUn pic.twitter.com/cdfrLaHIYp
— Good Humor (@GoodHumor) March 25, 2015
Start preparing your apology for when you show up to the grocery line's checkout line with a partially consumed box of ice cream sandwiches.
Girl Scout Cookie Cream Pie Earns All the Merit Badges
Credit: Drew Swantak/Thrillist
Choosing your favorite Girl Scout Cookie is much harder than picking your favorite child (or so my Mom says). And while I have no offspring of my own, I've never been able to choose between Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Samoas, and Thin Mints. I may even have room somewhere in my heart for Trefoils.
But my inability to pick a favorite is your gain, as my Girl Scout Cookie cream pie is a Frankenstein-esque beauty consisting of three layers of different cookies between chocolate and peanut butter creams. That's right, ladies, we can have it all.
Credit: Drew Swantak/Thrillist
10 Things You May Not Know About Abraham Lincoln
1. Lincoln is enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The Great Emancipator wasn’t quite WWE material, but thanks to his long limbs he was an accomplished wrestler as a young man. Defeated only once in approximately 300 matches, Lincoln reportedly talked a little smack in the ring. According to Carl Sandburg’s biography of Lincoln, Honest Abe once challenged an entire crowd of onlookers after dispatching an opponent: “I’m the big buck of this lick. If any of you want to try it, come on and whet your horns.” There were no takers. Lincoln’s grappling exploits earned him an “Outstanding American” honor in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
2. Lincoln created the Secret Service hours before his assassination.
On April 14, 1865, Lincoln signed legislation creating the U.S. Secret Service. That evening, he was shot at Ford’s Theatre. Even if the Secret Service had been established earlier, it wouldn’t have saved Lincoln: The original mission of the law enforcement agency was to combat widespread currency counterfeiting. It was not until 1901, after the killing of two other presidents, that the Secret Service was formally assigned to protect the commander-in-chief.
The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln at Ford&aposs Theater in Washington, D.C, 1865.
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3. Grave robbers attempted to steal Lincoln’s corpse.
Secret Service did come to Lincoln’s protection, but only in death. In 1876 a gang of Chicago counterfeiters attempted to snatch Lincoln’s body from his tomb, which was protected by just a single padlock, in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. Their scheme was to hold the corpse for a ransom of $200,000 and obtain the release of the gang’s best counterfeiter from prison. Secret Service agents, however, infiltrated the gang and were lying in wait to disrupt the operation. Lincoln’s body was quickly moved to an unmarked grave and eventually encased in a steel cage and entombed under 10 feet of concrete.
4. John Wilkes Booth’s brother saved the life of Lincoln’s son.
A few months before John Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln, the president’s oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln, stood on a train platform in Jersey City, New Jersey. A throng of passengers began to press the young man backwards, and he fell into the open space between the platform and a moving train. Suddenly, a hand reached out and pulled the president’s son to safety by the coat collar. Robert Todd Lincoln immediately recognized his rescuer: famous actor Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes. (In another eerie coincidence, on the day of Edwin Booth’s funeral—June 9, 1893𠅏ord’s Theatre collapsed, killing 22 people.)
5. Lincoln is the only president to have obtained a patent.
Benjamin Franklin isn’t the only American political leader who demonstrated an inventive mind. After being aboard a steamboat that ran aground on low shoals and had to unload its cargo, Lincoln, who loved tinkering with machines, designed a method for keeping vessels afloat when traversing shallow waters through the use of empty metal air chambers attached to their sides. For his design, Lincoln obtained Patent No. 6,469 in 1849.
6. Lincoln personally test-fired rifles outside the White House.
Lincoln was a hands-on commander-in-chief who, given his passion for gadgetry, was keenly interested in the artillery used by his Union troops during the Civil War. Lincoln attended artillery and cannon tests and met at the White House with inventors demonstrating military prototypes. Although there was a standing order against firing weapons in the District of Columbia, Lincoln even test-fired muskets and repeating rifles on the grassy expanses around the White House, now known as the Ellipse and the National Mall.
Final Thoughts on Trichomes
Make sure you take some time to appreciate the marvelous trichomes that grow on marijuana. As well as protecting the plant from predators, they contain the cannabinoids you need to get high. Trichomes also have the terpenes that make your weed smell and taste fantastic.
If you cultivate marijuana, make sure you don’t wait too long to harvest. If the trichomes turn brown, you no longer get the benefit of a powerful THC hit. In some cases, the trichomes could fall off, which is a disaster. Ultimately, you need to consume as many trichomes as possible to get the maximum benefit of marijuana.
Try grinding the trichomes to get kief. It is a potent form of cannabis that is sure to provide you with the intoxicating effects you desire.