5 Fabulous ways to enjoy a Thin Mint

Mar 9, 2014 at 6:57 a.m. ET

If you have any other ideas, let me know. I wouldn’t mind doing some more research.

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When I was a kid, my favorite Girl Scout cookie, hands down, was a Tagalong. Who could resist that combination of velvety peanut butter and crunchy cookie covered in milk chocolate? Really. Who? But Thin Mints? Those were my mother’s cookie. She always wanted a box of those. I could never imagine why.

These days, when March rolls around, I start to get excited because I know it’s Girl Scout Cookie time. My order will be arriving soon, and it will include at least one box of Thin Mints. Yeah, I know. I don’t like Thin Mints, right? Well, you see, as I’ve matured, I’ve kind of noticed that in many ways I’ve sort of become my mother. I didn’t really want to admit that, but it’s true. And like her, I’ve learned to appreciate that crispy wafer covered in dark chocolate, infused with a hint of mint; not too much, not too little.

This year, though, I didn’t place my order. No one asked me to buy cookies. Can you believe that? I forgot about them. Even harder to believe. So it took me by surprise that while walking through the mall last week, I came upon them. I saw them from the escalators, set up in a kiosk where the ear piercing stand used to be. I was with my kids and they saw me as I spotted the kiosk. They each grabbed one of my arms and in unison shouted, “Calories! GMOs!” But I didn’t care! Exceptions will be made for Thin Mints! I shook my arms free, shoved my kids out of the way and made a beeline for the boxes. I bought two. Thin Mints. One for me, and one for Mom.

The following are the five best ways to eat a Thin Mint. These methods were gleaned from years of extensive research (my own, of course) and backed up by a whole lot of people on the internet. If you haven’t tried them, please do. If you have any other ideas, let me know. I wouldn’t mind doing some more research.


Pure, unadulterated Thin Mints, frozen to crispy perfection. To be eaten by the sleeve.

Dipped lightly in hot chocolate or tea

Slightly melty goodness. Perfect for a snowy day.

Slathered in peanut butter

Take that, Tagalongs!

Cookie straw

I’ve never tried this one, but there are plenty of how-tos online. Really. Take two small bites from opposite sides and then sip milk right through the cookie. Then eat the cookie. What could be bad?

And my favorite:

Thin Mint ice cream

Crumbled cookies mixed with vanilla ice cream. Hmmmmm. I wonder if Mom's finished her box yet...