It's Girl Scout Cookie season! I love cookies of all kinds, but have a soft spot for Girl Scout Cookies. I was a girl scout growing up and always did really well selling them. Back then you actually took advance orders and payment, then delivered them several weeks later. Things are done a bit different now and troops just order them before knowing how many they will sell. The only thing I don't love about them is the price. In recent years I have found myself just giving girls a $5 bill because I want to support them, but can't justify the expense. It also helps that Aldi has their own line of knock-off cookies at less than half the price (and with more cookies.) This situation called for some super scientific science! I bit the bullet and bought 3 boxes from my manager's daughter for our taste test. I had 7 people do blind tastings of each option and pick a favorite.
Round 1: Caramel Coconut Fudge vs. Caramel deLights
Girl Scouts ran away with this one 5-2. Tasters preferred the softer cookie a coconut flavor the GS had to offer.
Round 2: Peanut Butter Filled Cookies vs. Peanut Butter Patties
Aldi's Benton's brand took this round 4-3. They came with a bigger punch of peanut butter which led to the victory.
Round 3: Fudge Mint Cookies vs Thin Mints
This was the most difficult battle. Two tasters could not discern a difference between the two options, so I gave a point to each side. Girl Scouts barely edged Aldi in a 4-3 vote.
The Girl Scout cookies came out on top, but if you take in to account the cost difference it would be hard not to choose Aldi. Happy snacking!