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Girl Scout Cookies: A Survival Tool?


Girl Scout cookies are treats that many of us look forward to every year because not only are the cookies tasty, but you’re supporting local troops and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit of young girls (even when you can bake your own Girl Scout cookies at home, year-round). It turns out that Girl Scout cookies can become a survival tool if you find yourself caught in a snowstorm, too. A Northern California couple was out for a scenic drive a few days ago when their car became caught in a snowdrift. They couldn’t reach help and had told no-one where they were going. They managed to survive for three days on some Girl Scout Cookies (and a few peanuts) that they had in their car, melting snow for drinking water. The cookies helped to fuel their spirits and stave off hunger until they were able to try and hike for help after a few days.

You probably don’t think of cookies in general as suvival food, but they pack in fat and carbs that can help keep you going when you’re facing tough conditions. They’re not going to provide the complete nutrition of one of those meal replacement protein bars, but they also taste a lot better.

It doesn’t say which variety of Girl Scout they had with them, but I’d guess that Thin Mints or Samoas are likeky, as they are the most popular types of cookies that the Girl Scouts sell. Any flavor of cookie – even if it was your least favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor – would do in a situation like that, of course. Maybe I should start keeping a stash of Homemade Girl Scout Cookies in my car, just to be on the safe side!


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  • Stephanie P.
    February 17, 2012

    This doesn’t surprise me! I have degenerative illness and after a particularly bad spell 7 years ago I weighed 78 lbs. at 5’7″. My docs found medicine to help nausea and create an appetite and to help gain weight I bought a CASE of Samoas (among other foods as I had carte blanche to eat whatever I wanted, whenever!) and went to town for a few months!

    After my health stabalized I learned how to cook and bake myself and am still at a decent weight. I also took a good long break from Samoas, as one can imagine–a CASE is A LOT of Samoas, and just started eating them again (one box only!) last year! I guess I can thank the Girl Scouts too!

  • Elise
    February 17, 2012

    I tasted Girl Scout Cookies for the first time today, funny that you also wrote a post about it! I visited a friend and her mother is from England, and they buy a lot of English food when they’re in England. It were Samoas, nomnomnom, they’re so tasty! I love them! It’s a pity that I can’t buy them here in the Netherlands…

  • Maureen
    February 18, 2012

    Can you believe there is only one variety of gs cookies in Australia? I said, “what??? no thin mints? no samoas?”


    I’ll have to wait til I go back home at gs cookie time.

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