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If only Thin Mints cookies actually made you thin

This Monday, March 12th, in honor the 100th anniversary of theGirl Scoutsand the 95th anniversary of Girl Scout cookies, I will eat an entire carton of Thin Mints. Sure, I could do more. I could eat two cartons. But I won't. Instead, I'll buy an extra for the Scout's Operation Cookie Drop.

There's just one problem. I always buy a carton the very first day I encounter the kids outside the supermarket. Next trip, I might even buy another. But that's it. I can only buy so many. But then because I am a complete softie I feel terrible turning them down on subsequent market trips.  So I made a suggestion to Girl Scouts of Western Washington's Stefanie Ellis.

Why not offer a big  "I bought Girl Scout cookies" button?

I was pretty proud of the idea. They like it well enough to be strongly considering it for next year. How about that? And what's more, in return for my suggestion they've promised to place a box of Thin Mints on my grave every year in perpetuity.* So I've got that going for me. Which is nice ...

I've also suggested that the Girl Scouts bring out garlic cookies for next year's outing. Stefanie said she'd  get back to me on that one.

Free Girl Scout cookie ice cream

Molly Moon, a good old Girl Scout her own self, will offer free kid-size scoops of Girl Scout cookie ice cream all day on the 100th anniversary, March 12 at the Downtown, Wallingford, Queen Anne and Capitol Hill stores.

*I just made that up.  They said no such thing.

"I don't get sent anything strange like underwear.  I get sent cookies."

– Jennifer Aniston

Food for Thought” is a weekly KPLU feature covering the world of food as well as the thinking that goes into it. The feature is published here and airs on KPLU 88.5 every Wednesday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. 

Dick Stein joined KNKX in January 1992. He retired in 2020 after three decades on air. During his storied radio career, he hosted the morning jazz show, co-hosted and produced "Food for Thought" with Nancy Leson and wrote and directed the Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen.