The Most Popular Girl Scout Cookie


Lauryn Casey, Author

There are so many different types of Girl Scout cookies, but which one is the most bought? The most bought are Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Samoas Peanut Butter Patties, and Tagalongs. While we have Samoas around here, others have Caramel deLites. What we know as Tagalongs are called Peanut Butter Patties elsewhere but Thin Mints’ name always stays the same. And although new and old have come and gone I think these will always stay on top.

Thin Mints have been a fan favorite since 1939 when they came out and were primarily called “Cooky-Mints”. These cookies used to cost 30 cents for a dozen, and now they are up to $5.00! But no matter the price people are willing to pay and still buy dozens of boxes at a time! During an average selling season, more than one million girls sell over 250 million packages of cookies and raise over $800 million. Many cookies have been added and subtracted over the years but the only cookies that can’t be eliminated from the lineup are Thin Mints. But all Thin Mints are the same, right? No. There are two bakers. And they make two very different Thin Mints. One is crunchier, mintier. The other is richer with a smoother chocolate coating. Where you buy the cookies determines which ones you get. But that does not stop people from buying Thin Mints across the country!

Next, Caramel deLites/Samoas have been the second most popular cookie since the 1980s, although they originally came out in the 1970s. It perfectly balances coconut, chocolate, and caramel with a soft cookie crust. Samoas are the only Girl Scout cookies with a yummy chewy texture, and they are also a bit sticky if you break them in half. They used to be $0.60 and they are now up to $6.00 for a box. So how do Samoas compare to their counterpart cookies? They have different names and slightly different flavors. Samoas use dark chocolate for their stripes, while Caramel deLites use milk chocolate. And, according to the study, Samoas have more caramel. All in all, I love Samoas just as much as Thin Mints but they do land in second.

Finally, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs have made the list as the third most popular Girl Scout cookie. They came out around 1980. They are my personal favorite because of the delicious crunchy cookie outside and covered in milk chocolate with an amazing smooth peanut butter filling. Our Tagalongs are thinner and have less-milky chocolate than the version sold in other parts of the country. But Peanut Butter Patties are a bit thicker and have dark chocolate. In third place, the girls sell 50 million boxes of Tagalongs per year. Tagalongs originally were $0.35 and they are now $5.00 a box. I love Thin Mints, Caramel deLites/Samoas Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs all so much and I see why they made the top three.

All these cookies have a slightly different flavor depending on where you buy them from but they are all fan favorites for a reason.