Attention, everyone, this is not a drill: S'mores Girl Scout Cookies are coming. So what's in the S'mores Girl Scout Cookies, exactly? Are they really the marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker delights we associate with traditional s'mores? Never fear, because these cookies look as delicious as they sound.
What's more, there will actually be two different varieties of S'mores cookies available. Girl Scouts of the USA partners with two different bakeries, ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers, to produce their cookies, so each bakery has produced their own version of a S'mores cookie. There are slightly different ingredients in each, but don't worry — both have plenty of graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallows. Because what's a s'more without those three classic elements?
The ABC Bakery version of the S'mores cookie is a graham cracker dipped first in a creme icing to give it a marshmallow-like taste, and then dipped again in chocolate. That way, the makers explain, "you get all the flavor of this fireside favorite without the sticky mess." The cookie is also vegan and nut-free (You can find the full ingredient list here.)
Little Brownie Bakers' version, on the other hand, is more of a cookie sandwich. Each one consists of two graham cracker-flavored cookie wafers with both a chocolate filling and a marshmallow filling layered between them. Unlike the ABC Bakery cookies, these contain real marshmallow — but they also contain milk, so if you're vegan or lactose intolerant, you're out of luck. (You can find the full ingredient list here.)
This is what they look like; the Little Brownie Bakers version is on the left, and the ABC Bakery version is on the right:
So how do you know which variety you're getting when you order your cookies? Individual Girl Scout councils decide for themselves which of the two bakeries they contract with to fill their cookie orders, so you can just go ahead and ask your local troop when you place your order.
The new Girl Scout S'mores Cookies are part of the Girl Scouts' 100 year anniversary celebration. That's right — the Girl Scouts have been fostering confidence and entrepreneurship in girls, including young women of all walks of life, and being generally awesome for a full century now. And what better way to mark the occasion than a new addition to their cookie line-up that also calls to mind Girl Scout campfires?
You can get the new S'mores cookies from a Girl Scout near you once the season rolls around in early 2017. For more information about Girl Scouts and how to join or volunteer, visit www.girlscouts.org/join.
Images: Girl Scouts of the USA (2)