February 25, 2005

Girl Scout Crookies

Today is the best day of the year. Better than my birthday, Thanksgiving, and even better than Christmas (sorry God). It's Girl Scout Cookie Day. Like a time capsule of peanut butter goodness, my all-but-forgotten order of Tagalongs placed back in December finally came in today. At $3.50 a box, this goodness isn't exactly a bargain, but it's for a worthwhile cause, and certainly worth it.

On a lark, I checked the Nutritional Information, just to see what my $3.50 bought me. Let's see... 2 cookies per serving, 8 servings a box. 16 cookies. Okay, not much, but that's okay.

Nutritional Information
Sorry, I clipped the "Carbs" info from the photo. Trust me though, these things aren't Atkins-approved.

So I opened up the box. Those first five cookies greeted me like old friends. Friends that I'd eaten.

Five Cookies???

Wait a second.... Five? Since when is 16 a multiple of five? I used all of my math skills to possibly figure out what was going on, but it just didn't compute. So I pulled out the whole tray, and sure enough, only 15 cookies. What the? Did the Girl Scout packing my box not get her Math Badge yet?

I checked the side of the box again. "Servings per container: About 8" About?? There's no about about it. It's 7.5. "About" is what you say for a bag of Doritos, when that last serving consists of crumbs at the bottom of the bag and the orange goop on your fingers. Or when you're not exactly sure how much product will make it into the container. This box has individual holders for each cookie, which, in addition to lovingly preserving the structural integrity of each cookie, also make it clear how many cookies are going into this box.

Now, I know, back in grammar school, we were taught that when rounding to whole numbers, ".5" gets round up. But it's not like they rounded up to save space on the box. "7.5" isn't exactly pi. It just takes two digits and a period. In fact, it takes up less room than "About 8." Those Girl Scouts ripped me off!

I see a strongly worded letter in my future. And 7.5 glasses of milk.

Posted by Kevin at February 25, 2005 07:11 PM

... and they're not even made from real girl scouts

Posted by: Katie at March 1, 2005 12:37 PM

First, let me say congratulations. Kevin, you have made a difference in this world. I bought a box of Tagalongs (the best cookie ever invented, Mallomars being a close 2nd) today. They are no longer 3 rows of 5, but 2 rows of 8, making the number of 2 cookie servings exactly 8. I think the cookie shrunk however, so if you were the cause of that, Bad Kevin!!! I thought you should know. Apparently the umpalumpas (that the Girl Scouts hired to make the cookies) have internet access and love your website.

Posted by: B at November 21, 2005 08:41 PM

im a girl scout and im reading this and i have been a top seller in gs cookies for 3 years (400 boxes last year)so if you have anything to complain keep it to yourself. he's right tagalongs are the best cookie ever invented. (I know cus i have 5 years of experience) buy GS Cookies! by the way they have gone up to 3.50 and double dutch is gone and in comes a new cookie called the cafe cookie.

from an 11 year old girl scout named brooke

P.S. dont blame the girl scouts for the amount of cookies little brownie is the people that make them

Posted by: brooke at December 28, 2005 04:26 PM

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Posted by: Cabrina at May 18, 2007 11:54 PM

kan crookies niet instaleeren

Posted by: pierre at November 5, 2007 08:39 AM
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