I think it was good ol’ Ben Franklin who said, “Nothing is certain except death and spending way too much money during Girl Scout Cookie season.”
Too true, Big Ben. Too true.
As America’s favorite adorable salespeople, the Girl Scouts have turned a couple of modest cookie recipes into a fundraising machine. You know when that time of year arrives. Tables appear in front of local grocery stores, or your coworker asks if you’d like to buy some cookies from their niece. You’re drawn in by all of the colorful boxes and names that remind you of simpler times, like Do-si-dos and Tagalongs. Before you know it, you’ve bought $300 worth of cookies and formerly sweet little Katie is throwing your cash in the air like she’s the new Wolf of Wall Street.
Apparently unwilling to let Keebler Cereal own the “OMG cookies for breakfast” headlines for too long, the Girl Scouts have joined forces with a breakfast heavyweight: General Mills. Naturally, the partnership is kicking off with two limited edition cereals based on Girl Scouts’ best selling cookies: the aptly named Thin Mints cereal, and Caramel Crunch cereal, which is based on Caramel deLites/Samoas cookies. Both Thin Mints and Caramel Crunch cereals are available at grocery stores nationwide, with a Family Size box available at Walmart. I bought the Family Size box of Thin Mints cereal since I gave up on earning my “Moderation and Self Control” badge years ago.
Thin Mints cookies are known for their rich chocolate flavor, strong minty bite, and, of course, that delicious chocolate coating. Let’s get this out in the open right away: General Mills Limited Edition Girl Scouts Thin Mints Cereal isn’t just mini Thin Mints cookies in a box, as much as we all want it to be. There’s no chocolate coating on the cereal pieces, no crazy fudge/mint aroma. Your enjoyment of Thin Mints Cereal will depend on how much you’re willing to accept that this is a cereal twist on those cookies, rather than expecting it to be exactly the same.
The mint hits immediately and it lingers through every bite. It’s not quite as strong as actual Thin Mint cookies, but it’s definitely there. What’s more, Thin Mint cookies list “oil of peppermint” in their ingredients, but Thin Mints Cereal doesn’t explicitly list mint at all. I’m guessing it’s part of the vague “natural flavors.” For what it’s worth, the chocolate flavor in Thin Mints Cereal is great. There’s a deep cocoa taste, similar to Cocoa Puffs, but it’s richer. There’s less of a “corn cereal” flavor going on in Thin Mints Cereal, which meant my fat brain had an easier time imagining that I was really eating cookies.
Adding milk seems to improve Thin Mints Cereal, if only slightly. The chocolate sweetens a bit, and the mint seems to perk up as well–though that might have just been the cold sensation of the milk messing with me. I was mostly impressed with how well the cereal pieces held up in milk, staying crunchy for several minutes.
Overall, General Mills Limited Edition Girl Scouts Thin Mints Cereal is a pretty good homage to Thin Mints cookies. Sure, the flavors aren’t the exact same as the actual cookie, but you don’t really want them to be. It’s a breakfast cereal, after all. And at the very least, it’s a lot cheaper than buying $300 worth of Thin Mints.
|Item:||General Mills Limited Edition Girl Scouts Thin Mints Cereal|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||$3.98 at Walmart|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-3/4 cup):||120 calories, 25 calories from fat, 3 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 1.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, 90 milligrams of sodium, 70 milligrams of potassium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of dietary fiber, 11 grams of sugar, 12 grams of other carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||Good chocolate taste without the “corn cereal” effect. Mint is present but could be stronger. The Girl Scouts = cookie mafia.|
|Overall Score:||8 out of 10|
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