Girl Scout cookie season is my absolute favorite time of the year. Samoas, Thin Mints and Do-si-dos make me a happy camper (no pun intended). With the 2013 season upon us, Girl Scouts have released their lineup of cookies, including a new flavor that doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the cookies at all -- because it's healthy.
The Mango Creme is a coconut and vanilla cookie filled with a mango-flavored creme and NutriFusion. NutriFusion is a blend of nutrients from various whole food concentrate fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, cranberries and shiitake mushrooms, according to the nutrition label. Sounds delicious, right?
Girl Scouts want to provide a healthier cookie to the public so they can receive nutrients inside a sweet treat. However, this addition to the cookie lineup doesn't fit with the rest of the classic cookies.
It's no secret that Girl Scout cookies are not the healthiest things to eat. But that's what we love about them. I don't expect a Samoa covered with sweetened coconut, chocolate and caramel to be the best thing for me to eat; I expect it to be sweet and extremely delicious.
A serving size of three Mango Cremes contains 180 calories, eight grams of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates and 11 grams of sugar. When compared to the other cookies, the new Mango Cremes don't seem to have less calories, fat, carbohydrates or sugar. In fact, you can have three Do-si-dos for 160 calories, seven grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates and 11 grams of sugar.
The only difference between the Mango Cremes and other cookies is the extra dose of vitamins and nutrients. Three Mango Cremes will provide you with a daily value of 6 percent Vitamins A, B6, C, D, and E and 15 percent Vitamin B1.
If you read the nutrition label closely, you'll find various fruits, but no mango...which should be the main ingredient, but is nowhere to be found. If you're going to make a healthy cookie, at least include the ingredients from the cookie's name. Just a thought.
I don't see the need to make Girl Scout cookies healthy, though. No one expects them to be nutritiously beneficial. They're Girl Scout cookies, for crying out loud.
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The best cookies are usually not the healthiest, anyways. According to the Girl Scouts' Web site, the best-selling cookies are Thin Mints, Caramel deLites/Samoas, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos and Shortbread/Trefoils.
The Mango Cremes with NutriFusion won't make it to the top-selling list. Let's face it, who's going to trade in their box of Thin Mints for a box of mango cookies made without mango? I sure won't.