Hansen's Team Pick:
We are nearing the most glorious time of year. No, not the dead of Winter. No, not Valentine's Day. Girl Scout Cookie season. I was in Girl Scouts for many, many years, and although my troop was full of underachievers (we stayed Brownies for three years and I think we got about four badges the whole time), being a Girl Scout taught me one thing above all others: Girl Scout cookies are really, really delicious.
Why is that? Do you think they're so good because they are only available for about a month out of the year, where we all overbuy and indulge to the point where we can't look at another Tagalong cookie for twelve months? But in that twelve months we romanticize everything about their crisp cookie base, their creamy peanut buttery center and their smooth chocolate coating? Maybe. Or you know, they're just really fucking good.
This cookie season, I'm coming prepared because I just downloaded the Cookie Finder app, available for iPhone and Android. The app uses your phone's GPS to locate little packs of Girl Scouts willing to hand over cookies near you.
On the Cookie Finder app you can "meet the cookies" and find out why they have different names (They use two different bakers? Why can't these bakers just compare notes?) and exactly what is in each and every cookie. You can vote for your favorite cookie and proudly proclaim how Thin Mints will rule them all on Facebook. You can watch some cheese-tastic but adorable videos about cookies on a mission. My favorite part of the app so far is the countdown. For example, the Colorado Council starts selling cookies in 22 Days, 12 hours, and 40 minutes. That is very specific.
Pro tip: Turn on the Cookie Notifications. You'll be so glad you did.
Now go find the cookies!