It's that time of year again. You know what I'm talking about--that crucial, three-week benchmark after you've set your New Year's Resolution to lose that extra weight. That just so happens to be about the time when those cute little girls in their adorable brown and green costumes show up to persuade you to buy a box (or sometimes a case) of those delictable treats to help them earn their badge. You can't help but help them out, right?
If you are living in the U.S., Girl Scout Cookies can be found everywhere -- at the grocery store, school, workplace, and just about every other public gathering place you can imagine. If you live in Europe, however, it's a VERY different situation. I call it "Girl Scout Cookie Fever." People will step over their own grandmother (so to speak) to get their hands on a piece of Americana that takes them back to their youth. Boxes of Thin Mints trade on the Dutch black market. I kid you not.
There is a Girl Scout Neighborhood here in the The Hague, and when they set out to sell cookies, they don't even break a sweat because they're gone in no time. Like, no matter how many boxes the Girl Scouts have shipped in, they can always sell them. It doesn't even matter how much they charge per box for these golden nuggets as the American expat community of The Hague will buy them all.
Luckily, I happen to work in one of the places where the girls always sell their cookies so I manage to get first crack at their inventory. I was pleased to find my favorite Samoas still available and had no problem with paying three Euros a box. If you have ever lived overseas, I promise you, you will never look at a GS cookie in the same way again!