SAN FRANCISCO (CW) – Have you ever moved recently only to discover that the Girl Scout Cookies you love aren’t available in your new town? Or bit into a Thin Mint only and felt betrayed by an apparent recipe change?
As many Girl Scout Cookie connoisseurs know, there are actually two different bakers cranking out cookies. Instead of splitting the nation in half, their products are sold in little pockets around the country. That’s why you’ll see box sold as Peanut Butter Patties in Sacramento, but a nearly identical treat called Tagalongs in San Francisco. And even when the cookies are the same name – as with Thin Mints – they often look much different.
The Los Angeles Times checked the nutritional information, and found some pretty big differences in depending on which baker you have Little Brownie Bakers covers many of the nation’s biggest cities, like LA, Chicago, Dallas and New York, while ABC spans more rural territories, including inland California and a wide swath of middle America.
Check out the side-by-side comparison and map which cookies are available near you on the LA Times website.