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Tuesday
Mar012011

Shake it: Girl Scout Cookie Milkshake Challenge

Today, we're going to talk about a very important subject: which Girl Scout Cookie tastes best when mashed up in milkshake form?

Seriously, this is no lightweight subject. The thing is, we all have our Girl Scout Cookie preferences. But ice cream adds in a whole new texture and taste sensation. How would your favorite react to smooth, dreamy ice cream? Would the flavor hold up? Be improved? Or would it be dulled by the rich, dreamy, creamy stuff?

Only one way to find out. Break out the mixer, baby.

That's right: it's time for a Girl Scout Cookie Milkshake Challenge. Armed with most (but not all) of the cookie flavors, I set out to see which treat would make for the sweetest shake:

To keep the playing field level, I made each shake in the same way: two large scoops of vanilla ice cream, four Girl Scout Cookies, and cream to thin. 

After the batch was prepared, each was sipped and judged on texture, taste, and was assigned some overall thoughts. Here goes:

Lemon Chalet Milkshake:

Taste: Cool and creamy, and very refreshing. Lightly lemony, but more sweet than tart.

Texture: The cookies broke up fairly smoothly into this shake, and the cream filling was reduced to tiny sugarbombs of flavor. These little bombs of sugar were quite pleasant.

Overall thoughts: This cookie was definitely improved by being served in milkshake form. 

Samoas Milkshake:

Taste: The shake took on a nice, chocolatey-caramel flavor from the cookies; the coconut didn't break up very well, though, so the coconut flavor wasn't very well diffused in the shake. All the same, this did not stop it from being gulped right up.

Texture: Alas, the texture was ever so slightly distracting on this shake. The coconut didn't break up very well at all, and was sort of clumpy in the shake.

Overall Thoughts: Good--solidly good. But the texture kept it from being great.

 

Tagalongs Milkshake:

Taste: The chocolate added a great flavor to this shake, and the peanut butter added not a shriek but a whisper of flavor, adding a nice, rich, rounded-out flavor to the creamy vanilla ice cream. It didn't have a chocolate peanut butter cup flavor per se, but came across more like a chocolate shake with a certain je ne sais quoi.

Texture: This cookie worked very nicely in shake form; it broke up evenly, with some little lumps remaining, but they were consistent in texture and were quite nice to chew on as they became saturated with ice cream.

Overall Thoughts: Definitely a top contender, and one that I'd make again.

Thank You Berry Munch Milkshake:

Taste: This one was so-so. The fruit flavor didn't translate very well, tasting less like fruit and more like Froot Loops left to steep in milk. Not a terrible thing, but it definitely tasted artificial.

Texture: Good texture. This cookie is one of the crisper varieties, so it gave the shake small crunchy bits.

Overall Thoughts: Very sweet, but not a very intriguing flavor. 

Thin Mint Milkshake:

Taste: Very pleasant--like mint chocolate chip ice cream. The mint worked nicely with the vanilla; it was the more dominant taste, with the chocolate ably backing it up. The ice cream did tone down the flavor of the cookie a bit, but it was just a tone adjustment, not like hitting mute.

Texture: Small crunchy bits and little pockets of chocolate made this a supremely pleasant shake to enjoy; it was nice to spoon these bits to further the pleasure.

Overall Thoughts: A strong shake indeed, one that changed the flavor of the cookie, but in a nice way.

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But before a winner could be declared, I simply had to know what would happen if I put all of the cookies into one super-shake. How was that, you wonder?

 

What, are you surprised that the flavors of a lemon-shortbread-peanut butter-chocolate-coconut-berry cookie shake didn't exactly work harmoniously? I know, me too!

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The winner: All things considered, I'm going to assign top honors to the Tagalongs shake. Now, interestingly, the Tagalong is not my favorite Girl Scout Cookie, although it's definitely in my top three (Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs, if you must know. Just like the National average!). But in shake form, it definitely worked well--the texture and flavor worked nicely, and each flavor was heightened by the ice cream.

Runner-up: The Lemon Chalet! This is a cookie which I usually don't care for that much, but it became far more interesting in shake form, and the lemon-cream flavor was creamy, well-rounded, and delicious. This one surprised me!

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Reader Comments (11)

Oh man. I think I am going to gain 10 lbs from nothing but Girl Scout cookies!
March 1 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Magnificent idea. My family just finished the Girl Scout Cookies we had already purchased. Now I must track down more Girl Scout Cookies and try this challenge out myself. It's not that I don't believe you, I just think I should try it for scientific reasons.

Great post!
March 1 | Unregistered CommenterCT
I can't remember-- was it you who I was telling about my Thin Mint milkshakes, with the Bailey's and the Peppermint Schnapps? If you add those into your Thin Mint shake, it'll take first prize easily in this contest.
March 1 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
Ironic that I'm picking up my boxes of Girl Scout Cookies today. Time to make milkshakes!
March 2 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline
Wow, milkshakes using girl scout cookies, I think you're a genius!!!
March 2 | Unregistered CommenterRosieP
luved the pictorial
March 2 | Unregistered Commenternotyet100
I have a feeling my winners would be the same as yours, even though I'm not a lemon fan too. What a fun test!
Brilliant idea. Samoas are my weakness! I can totally see their texture holding them back for milkshakes though. Uh oh, now I'm craving Samoas...
ME LIKEY!! :)
March 3 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl
My boyfriend and I were just thinking about how a samoa milkshake would taste the other day. Rather than buy more GSC (we've already eaten a lot!) we decided to stop by Wow bubble tea in the U District and make our own! We wanted to combine the flavors of cookies n' cream, coconut and caramel all in one. Unfortunately, both Wow and Yunnies didn't offer caramel as a flavor for their milkshakes, so we got coconut and cookies n' cream.
That tasted great on its own, but we went home and added a couple tablespoons of caramel sauce.

So. Dang. Good. It will definitely keep us happy the rest of the year when we don't have access to the coveted Girl Scout Cookies!
March 6 | Unregistered CommenterCiara
ohh wow that sounds like a good idea, my daughter is a brownie and is going to become a girlscout and of couse being big supporters we bought 35 boxes in total of girlscout cookies. I dislike the lemon cream and the samoas and i guess i should try making milkshakes if it means i get all of the guilt out of the house...:)
July 14 | Unregistered Commenterkaylee L

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