Sorry, everyone, the difference between a Samoa and a Caramel deLite is much greater than just the name.
The Girl Scouts actually use two different bakers, ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers, to manufacture all of their sweet treats--and, as the Los Angeles Times reports, the two differ greatly in their approach to each of the “classic” cookies.
A nation divided: Are you in the Samoa Sector or Caramel deLites Country? GSGLA helped Los Angeles Times sort it out. (Samoas over here! Whoop whoop!)Posted by Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 4, 2015
A nation divided: Are you in the Samoa Sector or Caramel deLites Country? GSGLA helped Los Angeles Times sort it out. (Samoas over here! Whoop whoop!)
In fact, their recipes can vary in prominent flavor, fat content, and sugar content. A Thin Mint made by ABC Bakers, for example, boasts much more mint flavor than its Little Brownie Bakers counterpart. The caramel and coconut cookies favored by many snackers are called “Caramel deLites” when made by ABC Bakers and have a milkier chocolate and less caramel than the “Samoas” shipped out by Little Brownie Bakers.
If you’re a “Lemonades” fan who has recently moved, we’re sorry to say that Little Brownie Bakers doesn’t produce a cookie that resembles your beloved treat. Their “Savannah Smiles” are a powdered sugar-dusted sweet that, while delicious and lower in calories, won’t get you anywhere close to the shortbread and lemon-spiked icing taste you’re used to.
Double check the territories before you order this year to make sure you’re getting that treat you remember so fondly.
Check out the Los Angeles Times’ map of the different bakery zones here.
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