Friday, July 1, 2011

Girl Scout Cookie Samoas vs. Keebler Coconut Dreams


 
Samoas on left and Keebler on right

This year the Girl Scouts trimmed down their cookie choices to the top 6 most popular sellers.  If you're an avid fan you might have noticed that Dulce de Leche and Lemon Coolers were no longer available.  As for the other cookies that have been cut I can't even remember so I suppose they weren't that great or worth the price.  All I got to say is thank goodness Samoas and Thin Mints made the cut.

For those of you who do not want to wait another year to get the Samoas (also known as Caramel DeLites) there is another choice on the market, Keebler Coconut Dreams.

Taste comparison results in almost the same taste because they have the same ingredients.  But the Samoas have a measure of care and love baked into them.  It's as if 2 bakers were given the same recipe but because of small nuances one cookie tastes better than the other.

The Samoas have a crispier cookie and are made with dark chocolate.  The not-so-sweet dark chocolate provides a nice contrast to the sweet caramel.

Coconut Dreams has a thicker layer of caramel, the cookie is softer, and made with milk chocolate.

You get more cookies for your money with Keebler.  If you take a good look at my picture above you will see that the GS only has 5 cookies per row and Keebler has 6 cookies per row.  If I had not recycled the GS box I would have given the weight comparison.

The Keebler cookies are cheaper in price.  If I recall correctly the GS cookies are $6 a box.  The Keebler cookies were BOGO (Buy 1 Get 1 Free) at Albertsons at $3.99 which made them $2 a package.  I also had a $1 coupon which made the price $1.50 each.

Overall, there's not really much of a difference at 1 a.m. in the morning when you're looking for something to hit that sweet tooth craving.

On the other hand, it might be a good thing for our waistlines that Girl Scout cookies come once a year because I heard on a morning show that it takes 1 hour on the treadmill to burn off 2 Samoas.  Good grief.

7 comments:

  1. I saw these the other day when grocery shopping and was soooooooooo tempted! I'm a big fan of Samoas so I will definitely have to try these.
    Thanks for the breakdown! :)

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  2. The ingredients are different the Keebler cookies have peanut flour in them and that could cause problems for people with peanut allergies whereas Samoas do not use that ingredient.

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    1. When I wrote this post over 2 years ago the Keebler cookies did not have peanut flour in them. Thank you for the update. It is appreciated.

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  3. Whats funny is, Keebler makes 'the brownie bakers' cookies which is girl scout cookies.

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    1. If I worked at Keebler I would probably stuff my mouth with the GS cookies like Lucille Ball at the chocolate factory. My aunt actually worked for Keebler when I was a teenager and I gained 5 lbs because she kept bringing snacks to our house.

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  4. I think they taste the same so keebler will make lots of money off me LOL

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    1. I only bought one box of Samoas this year as I've been spoiled by the price of Keebler and the availability year round. GS price per box was $6.50 this year. It's getting more expensive.

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