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The Great Girl Scout Cookie Baker Showdown

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

[I don't have time to finish this article.  So I'm posting it as is.]

It’s that time of year again.  The time of year when you don’t even need to enter the supermarket to purchase cookies.  The time of year when your boss guilts you and your co-workers into purchasing 8 boxes from his daughter.

That’s right, it’s Girl Scout cookie season.

“Has the Thin Mint box gotten smaller!?”

Every year at least one unsuspecting American purchases a box of Thin Mints and upon examining the box exclaims, “Did they change the size of the box?! This isn’t what they looked like last year! I hate my life!”
While there have likely been some box design changes over the year, the unsuspecting American is likely comparing Thin Mints from two different bakers.

Two Bakers

There are two licensed Girl Scout Cookie bakers, ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers (hereafter referred to as ABC and LB).  ABC has baked cookies for Girl Scouts since 1937, while Little Brownie has only been in the game for a few decades.

Head to Head

Now to the fun part.  Eating.

The purpose of this effort was to compare and contrast, not pick one baker over the other!  In fact, there were only five taste testers (not exactly a statistically significant sample size).  Anyhow, cue the delectable visuals…

The Contenders

ABC up top, LB below

Methods

  1. Bought lots of Girl Scout cookies (one box of each kind from each of the two bakers)
  2. Feed to co-workers and family
    • test was performed blind (everyone had to close their eyes)
    • the order of the bakers and cookies were selected at random (OK, pseudo-random)
    • tasters were required to cleanse their palette after each cookie sample
  3. Made them comment and pick which baker’s version they liked the most
All cookies (and boxes) were purchased, photographed and consumed in February 2011.

Trefoils / Shortbread

First up is what I consider to be the quintessential Girl Scout cookie solely because it is embossed with the Girl Scout logo (if only they made ones embossed with a Mockingjay…).

Trefoils (LB)

Trefoils (LB)

Shortbread (ABC)

Shortbread (ABC)

Trefoils (LB) vs. Shortbread (ABC)

Trefoils (LB) vs. Shortbread (ABC)

 

 

Trefoils (LB)

Trefoils (LB)

Shortbread (ABC)

Shortbread (ABC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trefoils have 40 more calories than Shortbread.  Visually it is a thicker and greasier cookie so this makes sense.

Trefoils (LB)

Trefoils (LB)

Shortbread (ABC)

Shortbread (ABC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do-si-dos / Peanut Butter Sandwich

 

Do-si-dos (LB)

Do-si-dos (LB)

Peanut Butter Sandwich (ABC)

Do-si-dos (LB) vs. Peanut Butter Sandwich (ABC)

Do-si-dos (LB) vs. Peanut Butter Sandwich (ABC)

 

Do-si-dos (LB)

Do-si-dos (LB)

Peanut Butter Sandwich (ABC)

Peanut Butter Sandwich (ABC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do-si-dos (LB)

Do-si-dos (LB)

Peanut Butter Sandwich (ABC)

Peanut Butter Sandwich (ABC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samoa / Caramel Delights

These are my personal favorite.

Samoa (LB)

Samoa (LB)

Caramel deLites (ABC)

Caramel deLites (ABC)

Samoa (LB) vs. Caramel Delights (ABC)

Samoa (LB) vs. Caramel Delights (ABC)

 

 

 

Samoa (LB)

Samoa (LB)

Caramel Delights (ABC)

Caramel Delights (ABC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samoa (LB)

Samoa (LB)

Caramel Delights (ABC)

Caramel Delights (ABC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tagalongs / Peanut Butter Patties

 

Tagalongs (LB)

Tagalongs (LB)

Peanut Butter Patties (ABC)

Peanut Butter Patties (ABC)

Tagalongs (LB) vs. Peanut Butter Patties (ABC)

Tagalongs (LB) vs. Peanut Butter Patties (ABC)

Tagalongs (LB)

Tagalongs (LB)

Peanut Butter Patties (ABC)

Peanut Butter Patties (ABC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tagalongs (LB)

Tagalongs (LB)

Peanut Butter Patties (ABC)

Peanut Butter Patties (ABC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thin Mints / Thin Mints

I'm a Girl Scout TRADITION!

Thin Mints are by far the best selling and most loved variety.  Incidentally, some have event speculated that they are laced with drugs but I assure you they’re just 100% wholesome, legal goodness.

No matter what baker bakes ‘em, they’re still Thin Mints.

 

 

 

 

Thin Mints (LB)

Thin Mints (LB)

Thin Mints (ABC)

Thin Mints (ABC)

 

Thin Mints (LB) / Thin Mints (ABC)

Thin Mints (LB) / Thin Mints (ABC)

 

 

Thin Mints (LB)

Thin Mints (LB)

Thin Mints (ABC)

Thin Mints (ABC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thin Mints (LB)

Thin Mints (LB)

Thin Mints (ABC)

Thin Mints (ABC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon Chalet Creames / Lemonades

There’s no contest between these two.

No really, there isn’t a contest because they’re completely different cookies.

Lemon Chalet Cremes (LB)

Lemon Chalet Cremes (LB)

Lemonades (ABC)

Lemonades (ABC)

Lemon Chalet Cremes (LB) and Lemonades (ABC)

Lemon Chalet Cremes (LB) and Lemonades (ABC)

The Lemon Chalet Cremes have a depiction of, you guessed it, a chalet.  Wikipedia informs us that a chalet “is a type of building or house, native to the Alpine region, made of wood, with a heavy, gently sloping roof with wide, well-supported eaves set at right angles to the front of the house.”

The Lemonades, not surprisingly, have a depiction of the inside of a lemon.

Lemon Chalet Cremes (LB)

Lemon Chalet Cremes (LB)

Lemonades (ABC)

Lemonades (ABC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, completely different cookies.

Lemon Chalet Cremes (LB)

Lemon Chalet Cremes (LB)

Lemonades (ABC)

Lemonades (ABC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of Data

 

Table of Results

These results are in no way statistically significant.

 

Conclusion

They’re all pretty good cookies.  There is not one variety from either baker I would turn away.

The most common differences:

  • LB cookies are a bit richer and have more calories per serving
  • LB cookies use slightly darker chocolate
  • LB cookies have cooler names (Well I think so.)

mmmmm

Parallax Ping))) to FPGA

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

PING to FGPA

For our engineering senior design project in college, my teammate Justin designed a Verilog module for interfacing the Parallax PING))) Ultrasonic Sensor with an FPGA.

At the time (Spring 2008) we were unable to find an existing module and since I’ve only found one other similar (in function) module online.

The Verilog code and documentation can be found here: http://4llamas.com/arr/wiki/Ping.v