Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that Girl Scout cookies have gotten smaller in size while the boxes have gone up in price. This “grocery shrink ray” has hit lots of products, so the fact that it happens at all isn’t too surprising, but there is some point where consumers really need to step in and think before they buy. This year, the Girl Scouts have had to announce that they will be decreasing the number of cookies in each box of Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos (homemade version pictured above). Some of their other cookies will be resized without dropping the total number. This means we’re paying more – a lot more – these days for fewer cookies. A box of GS cookies currently (although please mention it in the comments if the pricing in your area is different!) is $3.50.
The change isn’t surprising given the rising cost of equipment and ingredients, but this has been going on for some time. A side by side comparison of cookies from now and 10 or 15 years ago might show quite a size difference. I’ve said before that I think it’s a better idea to donate money to your local girl scout troop and make your own cookies. You’ll know exactly where that money is going, you’ll get more cookies from a batch than you would in a box or two, and you won’t have to worry about any partially hydrogenated oils in the batter adding trans fats to your diet.
All this said, I’m sure I’ll still buy a few boxes – they’re hard to resist even when you have homemade. Just maybe not quite as many as I might pick up otherwise.