Tuesday, March 27, 2012

100

(So, this is my 100th blog post. Coincidentally, I had this post planned for weeks before realizing that 2012 is also the 100th anniversary (birthday?) of the Girl Scouts of America. I love synchronicity.) 


I was a Brownie for a year or two back in Wisconsin. I don't remember much from those days, but I do somewhere have a sash with about 7 or 8 merit badges. Mostly I just love the GSA for the same reason everyone else does: the cookies (duh).


I was kind of freaking out because I couldn't find ANY cookies this year, and then a co-worker brought a small selection of boxes for us to fight over. Among them were boxes of Caramel deLites, the Samoa knock-off I hadn't seen around these parts in several years. The first time I had encountered Caramel deLites, it was sometime in high school or college and I was kind of outraged because I thought they had changed the name of my favorite cookie. This was before I learned that there are two bakeries that produce the cookies for the GSA each year: the Little Brownie Bakers and the ABC Bakery. I'm not sure how it's decided which bakeries supply cookies for certain troops. Little Brownie Bakers are responsible for the real deal Samoas, as well as Tagalongs, another favorite of mine. ABC Bakery produces the knock-offs Caramel deLites and Peanut Butter PattiesPlenty of people say that they're the same thing. But it's not true.


Submitted for the approval of the midnight society, I call this PROOF:


Which cookie looks better to you?

How about which cookie tastes better? To tell the truth, when I did the blind taste test, it was hard for me to figure out exactly which was the Samoa, except that I knew I preferred the after-taste of cookie B. John knew his favorite the instant he put it in his mouth. I guess he has a more discernible palette than I do. 
cross-section of both cookies
So, drum roll please...
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COOKIE B is the Real Deal Samoa! Overall, the Samoa looks better, IMO. The chocolate is darker, there is more coconut and, when you examine the cross-section, there is also more caramel. 
Both are delicious, but, as I said before, I do prefer the Samoa. So does John.
The nutritional information is pretty much identical, however, Samoas come 14 to a box and with Caramel deLites you get 16. 
So, the mystery is solved. I was so glad when another friend texted me about a secret supply of GSC I could get my grubby little paws on in order to conduct this super scientific experiment. 

And, just in case you're interested, here's where your $4 per box goes:
  • 91 cents goes to the bakery
  • $3.09 goes to the GSA to provide programs, activities, recognition patches, and otherwise contributing to the development of girls in the community.
GSC time is pretty much done for this year, but luckily I've got a stash to last me for quite a while! 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I'm Back

I had a little un-planned blog hiatus there for a minuteall of February... First I got sick, then I was busy doing the layout for my cookbook, then our iMac hard drive crashed. Luckily, we were able to save the pictures and documents from it before replacing it, but I've just had some setbacks, I guess.
The whole self-published cookbook thing was just a Groupon I had purchased last Fall, and forgot about until I realized it was expiring at the end of February. It's mostly just a recap of my favorite recipes from 2008-2011 and it was sort of a pain to assemble because I was in such a rush. But it's cute and might be a good gift idea in the future... I'd just have to go back and tweak some layout issues I noticed when it was finally printed.
I've been making a lot of new meals courtesy of a meal plan thing I purchased (again, a Groupon) and trying to be good, however I find myself about 10-13 lbs UP on the scale on any given day, and that just needs to change. Luckily, it is now Spring and that's when I find myself to be most motivated. So, I'll have to strike a balance between working out and eating well, but still continuing to bake some delicious foods. 
In other, non-culinary news, I'll be going to Harry Potter World in less than two months and I can not wait!
 
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