How Many Calories Are in Those Girl Scout Cookies?

GSC585We all have our favorites (although, if your favorite isn’t a Thin Mint straight out of the freezer, well, I hate to break it to you, but you’re wrong)—I mean, how can you say no to Girl Scout Cookies? The deliciousness factor aside, I have a really, really hard time saying no when those cute little girls come around. I want to boost their self esteem and help them grow up to be strong, confident women, and by dog, if I can do that by buying a few Girl Scout Cookies, that’s just what I’ll do.

Also, I really like Thin Mints. It’s a no brainer.

Now, I’m not going to disillusion myself into thinking that doing a good deed makes these, you know, good for me, but just how many calories do those little Girl Scout Cookies really pack in a serving?

Shocked? Not surprised at all by how many calories are in your favorite Girl Scout Cookies? Tell us! —Kristen

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  1. Ivori says:

    I am not surprised, kind of sad though; having young girls sell non-nutritional food.

    What kind of message does that send ?

  2. Kimberly says:

    The girls are selling yummy food that people love. It’s a great way to raise money and is a long standing tradition. It started with moms baking cookies in their homes to raise cash for their troops back in the 1920’s. I don’t think that is a tradition anyone wants to break because some people have become staunch about food. Plus, everyone loves GS cookies. The diet cookies never do well, and people aren’t going to buy quinoa or brown rice from the GS.

    If you are worried about the calories, do something nice for someone else and donate some to the troops. The scout can check off a box on their form to have the cookies sent. It’s no extra cost and the overseas troops love them.

  3. Carey says:

    I agree with Kimberly. I am a formerly obese person, and I do my darndest to teach my girls (both scouts) to eat healthily. However, I am a firm believer that there is room in our lives for “sometimes treats.” (That is what we call foods that lack nutritional value and are high in calories/fat). Portion control is important, as is the knowledge that these are foods that can be enjoyed occasionally. I also teach my girls to savor treats when we do have them; to really enjoy it, not mindlessly stuff their faces. We will be buying cookies and I will be throwing them in the downstairs freezer so we can slowly enjoy them as an occasional treat.

    And I am pointing out to our potential customers that (as Kimberly stated) if they want to help support our troop, but would rather not have the cookies around (look, I get it with the temptation thing…trust me!), they can buy boxes to have them donated to the troops (who I am sure burn plenty of calories in a day and therefore can “afford” to enjoy them).

  4. Great info! Thank you! I guess I need to not eat the ENTIRE roll of thin mints at one time…

  5. D says:

    Couldn’t you just have done the calories by the sleeve?? Thin Mints out of the freezer are the only way to go. But the low fat lemon ones are FABULOUS! Luckily I don’t know any girl scouts so I have managed to dodge the cookie bullet for several years now, the only time I get snagged is if I’m heading into lowes and have cash on me.

  6. Ivori says:

    Oh yeah, let’s donate Girl Scout Cookies to the Troops !

    I love how every ‘big business’ donates all kinds of nutritional goodies to the Troops….McDonald restaurants from McDonald’s, Mocha Fatties from Starbucks, fudge from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory..nothing like Vitamin F and Mineral OB to keep the Troops in tip, top shape.

    Thank you FBG’s for letting me post my sarcasm 🙂

  7. Jamie says:

    You don't know what this means to me!! I felt so bad tninrug down the girl scouts this year. Any recipe similar to the trefoils???