Thin Mints, Caramel deLites are big sellers among troops
And the winner is ... it’s a tossup.
Thin Mints top all eight Girl Scout cookie varieties ordered for troops, civilians and family members in the Pacific. But on Tuesday, cookie eaters at Yokota Air Base made Caramel deLites their near-unanimous choice.
The cookie’s blend of chocolate, coconut and caramel, though, was more memorable than the name.
“My favorite cookie is the ... it has coconut and chocolate strips across it,” said Chief Master Sgt. Terry Boeder.
Others called it by another name, Samoas.
“Oh, the Samoas are the best,” said Airman 1st Class Terence Wright, 23, an aerial delivery specialist at Yokota.
“We were just talking about them yesterday, where we can get them around here,” said Wright’s buddy, Staff Sgt. Ron Biniecki, 30, an air transportation specialist, on temporary duty assignment from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.
They’re pleased that Girl Scout cookies are available overseas. “It’s a good deal,” Biniecki said.
Since the cookies are only for sale once a year, Biniecki buys about four boxes.
The cookies go on sale this weekend for $3 a box at U.S. military installations in the Pacific.
USA Girl Scouts Overseas-West Pacific, headquarters for Girl Scouts in the Pacific, ordered 37,128 boxes of Thin Mints and 33,024 boxes of Caramel deLites for troops this year, said Kimberly Gilmore, the organization’s bookkeeper.
“Those are our best-sellers,” she said.
Other cookies available are: Peanut Butter Patties, Reduced Fat Lemon Pastry Cremes, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Animal Treasures and Friendship Circles.
Gilmore said the Caramel deLites changed names a few years ago but still is the same cookie. The current name was adopted after a new bakery started making the cookies for the Girl Scouts.
Staff Sgt. Hareech Carswell and his wife, Senior Airman Octivia Carswell, were divided on their favorites.
“The Caramel deLite because of the caramel and chocolate,” Hareech Carswell said.
“The Shortbread because it’s not too sweet,” said Octivia Carswell.