The Most Popular Girl Scout Cookies By State Speak Volumes About Our Flavor Loyalties
Is there anything more indicative of a person's personality than their dessert preference? If you need any further evidence that you live right where you should be living (or not), here are the most popular Girl Scout cookies by state. Because it's cookie sale season and we all know that essentially counts as one, long-running national holiday, and we all know holidays are for picking sides and insisting that you're in the right. Let's get competitive about sugar, shall we?
If you're wondering why Girl Scout cookies are so addictive, you should know that they've been selling them for 100 years. Yes, really. They're pros. The earliest cookie sales began soon after the start of the Girl Scouts, in 1917. The Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Okla. began selling home-baked cookies in their school cafeteria in order to fund troop activities, and by the 1920s, a delicious, cost-effective sugar cookie recipe had been shared with the 2,000 Girl Scouts nationwide. Here is that recipe. You're welcome.
It wasn't until the 1950s that troops began using licensed, commercial bakers, thus giving way to three original flavors: Sandwich, Shortbread, and Chocolate Mints (now known as Thin Mints). Do-si-Dos (peanut butter sandwiches) and Trefoils (shortbread) emerged in the 1970s, and remain the three "required" cookies that each troop must include in their sales; Samoas, or "Caramel deLites" depending on the baker (the Girl Scouts use two) were created in 1975.
In honor of the Girl Scouts' 100th cookie selling anniversary, Influenster conducted a national poll regarding our nation's favorite cookies. Over 5,000 folks replied, and, well, the results are telling.
And by telling, I mean the correct cookie came out on top. Need a state-by-state breakdown? Here are all the states' preferences listed by cookie. Do you go with the flow where you live or buck the trend?
This minty, chocolatey delight is tops in almost half the states in the country: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The second runner-up, Samoas win in 18 states: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.
Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs
And here's where we start to trail off a little — Peanut Butter Patties are the favorite in only six states, plus the District of Columbia: Alabama, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Mississippi, Montana, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.