• Fri, Feb 8 2013

Girl Scout Cookies Calories and Nutrition Facts: Do You Care?

Girl Scout Cookies calories

Today is the first annual celebration of National Girl Scout Cookie Day, which the scouts are instating to celebrate the “world’s largest girl-led business,” and of course, “to make it easy for you to buy or order cookies.” But alongside the impending crush of Thin Mints, Samoas, and Do-Si-Dos, a new “healthy” variety–made with vitamin-enfused fruit concentrate–is coming to reassure you that not all Girl Scout Cookies calories are empty.

So in honor of Girl Scout Cookie Day, and their newfound commitment to nutrition, we rounded up some nutrition facts to help you get a clearer picture of the calories, fat and sugar you’ll be committing to when you buy a box of your favorites:

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES CALORIES & NUTRITION INFO

Thin Mints – vegan, chocolate covered mint wafer cookies

  • 4 Cookies = 160 calories, 7 grams of fat, 11 grams of sugar

Samoas/Caramel deLites – caramel-coconut-chocolate-covered vanilla cookies

  • 2 cookies = 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 11 grams of sugar

Peanut Butter Patties – crispy cookies topped with peanut butter; coated in chocolate

  • 2 cookies = 130 calories, 7 grams of fat, 8 grams of sugar

Trefoils – shortbread cookies

  • 5 cookies = 160 calories, 7 grams of fat, 7 grams of sugar

Do-si-dos – oatmeal-peanut butter cookies

  • 3 cookies = 160 calories, 7 grams of fat, 11 grams of sugar

Lemonades – lemon shortbread with lemon icing

  • 2 cookies = 150 calories, 7 grams of fat, 10 grams of sugar

Savannah Smiles – lemon cookies dusted with powdered sugar

  • 5 cookies = 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 10 grams of sugar

Thanks-A-Lot – vegan shortbread cookies dipped in fudge

  • 2 cookies = 150 calories, 6 grams of fat, 11 grams of sugar

Dulce de Leche – cookies with milk caramel chips

  • 4 cookies = 160 calories, 8 grams of fat, 9 grams of sugar

Mango Cremes – vanilla-coconut cookies with mango creme filling

  • 3 cookies = 180 calories, 8 grams of fat, 11 grams of sugar

Thank U Berry Munch – cranberry-white fudge chip cookies

  • 2 cookies = 120 calories, 5 grams of fat, 7 grams of sugar

 

Now, for the important part: Do you care? When you disregard which varieties contain “nutrifusion” (that magical fruit concentrate that supposedly makes them full of healthy vitamins), the Mango Cremes are on the decadent end of the spectrum. But I would argue that there’s no such thing as healthy Girl Scout Cookies–or healthy any kind of processed, preservative-laced boxed cookies, in general. And if you’re buying a box of cookies, you probably shouldn’t care! Why not enjoy them, and continue trying to eat a diet that’s balanced between indulgences that you like, and healthy foods you like.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments below.

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