Girl Scout mint chocolate cookies or Frango mints, anyone? Now that’s a tough decision. I swear, Frango mints, as well as Girl Scout chocolate mint cookies, contain a secret ingredient that prevents you from feeling full. This is why it’s easy to scarf down an entire box of Girl Scout mint chocolate cookies (with a tall chilly glass of milk, of course). This is also why a whole box of Frango mints can easily be snarfed down — provided you have that big ice cold glass of milk.
I used to live in Chicago, where I was introduced to Frango mints and Girl Scout chocolate mint cookies. I once bought $90 worth of Girl Scout cookies, most the chocolate mint variety. I also had a regular habit of visiting Marshall Field’s department store to get the Frango mints. I didn’t care how much I had to pay for them. And I’d just pig out on these.
I worked off all the calories playing volleyball and lifting weights. Before online shopping was invented, Frango mints were limited geographically. But now, you can order these spectacular, silky smooth treats online. Just type in Frango mints and all purchasing sources show up.
But which actually tastes better and is more enjoyable to eat? Frango mints, or the Girl Scout cookies? Well, if you like crunchiness, then you’ll like Girl Scout cookies better. These superior disks are not miniature versions of the York Peppermint Patty. The cookies are not filled with a gooey or mushy white minty substance. These super cookies are brown inside, and the texture is that of a crisp cookie.
So when you break a Girl Scout chocolate mint cookie in half, it looks like a chocolate cookie, but has an addicting chocolate minty taste. They are not the least bit filling. What I like to do is stack two bottoms together for a double cookie, and bite into that.
I’d venture to say that many more people have eaten the Girl Scout cookies than the Frangos, due to the geographical restriction of the Frangos. If you’ve never had a Frango, you are missing out on something serious. Frangos are shaped like miniature gold blocks, about an inch long and half inch high. This is just my estimate. It’s been so long since I had a Frango.
They come in a box and you just pluck these little things out of there and pop them in your mouth, or take one or two small bites if you’d rather savor them. The texture is heavenly and silky. They are not hard like biting into a block of chocolate. They are “teeth friendly.” They aren’t as hard as a king-size Hershey bar, but they’re harder than a York Peppermint Patty. If you cut a Frango in half, it’s brown inside and made of the same substance as the outside; no mint filling or fluff. It looks like a chocolate candy.
And the taste is out of this world; just the right balance of deep milk chocolate and mint. If I were stranded on an island and had to choose between Girl Scout chocolate mint cookies and Frangos, I’d choose the Frangos.