I remember it like it was yesterday: I’d put on my brown skort, a white long-sleeved t-shirt, my freshly ironed Girl Scout vest, replete with newly-earned community service patches, and step outside my front door with a clipboard in hand, ready to take on even the most crotchety of homeowners. It was Girl Scout cookie time and neighbors, I was coming for you.
That said, when #GirlScouts began trending on Twitter today, I couldn’t help but think about all the ways pop culture has ingrained the beloved cookie into our minds and stomachs:
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Cookie Coup: The 1989 movie starring Shelley Long as a Beverly Hills housewife turned Wilderness Girl leader made us laugh, made us cry, but mostly made us wish that all “camping” could take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Cookie Coup: The blue-haired, googly-eyed monster of Sesame Street is a pop culture icon in his own right, but will always beg the question: Is C really good enough for you? If you can watch this video without cracking a huge smile, then I would suspect, no, it’s just not good enough for you. For shame.
Cookie Coup: Ah, Nestlé Toulouse. How you eluded us through Monica’s frantic attempts to recreate Phoebe’s grandmother’s beloved recipe. Monica toiled and troubled her way through batch after batch, we grew hungrier and hungrier, until it was revealed that the recipe came from Phoebe’s great-great-grandmother, Nestlé Toulouse. Or, as we Americans like to say, Nestlé Tollhouse. Mystery solved.
Cookie Coupe: Full House‘s chosen spinoff of the Girl Scouts was the Honey Bees. Rather than cookies, their savory weapons of choice were jars of honey. And instead of patches, they wore bee costumes in which they would engage in their Secret Honey Bee Hello. I really couldn’t make this up if I tried.
So, PopWatchers, though my days of cookie-selling are long over and my patch-ridden vest has since collected dust in my closet, are you anxious to get your hands on one of those colorful boxes and the tasty treasures that lie within? What other pop culture cookie phenomena have made you reach for a warm cookie and a big glass of milk? Share your pop culture recipes in the comments below!