Emily Baines
January 24, 2016 10:38 am

You say tomato, I say tomahto. You say Samoas, I say… Caramel deLites? Huh?

That’s right, people — there are two kinds of girl scout cookies, and the type you’ve grown to know and love depend on your location. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Thin Mints I adore (described as having a “richer, smoother chocolate coating; distinct peppermint taste”) are made by the folks at Little Brownie Bakers. Meanwhile, the Thin Mints my friend Elysse grew up with are from ABC Bakers and are “crunchier, with more mint than chocolate in each bite.”

Most places in the United States receive their cookies from Little Brownie Bakers, but major cities like Boston, Philadelphia, and Houston get cookies from ABC Bakers. Granted, I’m sure those cookies are still delicious, but I’d prefer my Tagalongs (“more layers of peanut butter inside cookie”) to their Peanut Butter Patties (“has a vanilla flavor, lighter peanut butter flavor”). That said, my friends in Boston tell me I’m speaking crazy talk.

There’s a reason the Girl Scouts need to use two different bakers to produce roughly the same “type” of cookie. The cookie operation is massive: Each year, Girl Scouts sell around 200 million boxes, making about $800 million. Wowza. That’s a lot of cookies, and even more cash. The most popular cookie, Thin Mints (of course) make up 25% of the entire sales, around $200 million. The Keebler Elves have nothing on the Girl Scouts!

“Having more than one baker allows us to have greater production capacity to support the Girl Scout Cookie Program,”a spokesperson told Business Insider. “During our busiest point in the season, our bakers make about 9 million Thin Mints daily.”

Of course, now I can’t stop thinking of that classic I Love Lucy scene:

Of course, I trust the folks at ABC Bakery and Little Brownie Bakers have their act together more than our beloved Lucy.

I can’t help but wonder if I would have eaten the entire case of Thin Mints (forcing my poor parents to buy them after-the-fact) if they’d been the ones made by ABC Bakers. That said, I could really go for some Thin Mints or Trefoils right about now. Anyone have a little sister or daughter selling any?

(Image via Columbia Pictures, CBS Television/Tumblr)

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