When choosing cookies this year, rather than eating the same ole’ Girl Scout Cookies®, get a taste of the following comparison review of Organic Honey and Maple Stroopwafels from Shady Maple Farms® and Girl Scout Cookies and see if it convinces you to choose the organic honey cookies from Shady Maple over the Girl Scout Cookies. Not only are they better for you, but arguably they’re better tasting than even your favorite Girl Scout Cookie.
Shady Maple Farm Organic Honey and Maple Stroopwafel ( Maple & Honey Cookie) Overview
If you don’t know anything about Stroopwafels, the name literally means syrup waffles or syrup cookies. Originally, and down to this day, they’re made by the Dutch in the Netherlands or Holland, as Americans like to say. Essentially, there’s only one well-known flavor and sweetener in the stroopwafels the Dutch and a smattering of Americans love so much: a caramel-like syrup. Yet, Shady Maple Farms, in Canada, flavors its certified organic stroopwafels with a couple of different tasty treats: Maple, and Honey and Maple. If you haven’t read the review I did on Shady Maple Farms Organic Maple Stroopwafels, you can do so by clicking this article link here. I have to say I’m not as fond of its Honey and Maple stroopwafels (honey cookies) as I am of its Maple stroopwafels. Nevertheless, they are good. Plus, they’re organic!
Girl Scout Cookies Overview
Girl Scout Cookies have been a part of the American fabric for over 90 years, getting their start five years after Girl Scouting in America got its start in 1912. The first mention of a Girl Scout Cookie sale was about a Girl Scout Troop doing so in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1917. In July 1922, The American Girl magazine, published by Girl Scout national headquarters, included a cookie recipe that was given to the council’s 2000 girl scouts.
Early Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Ingredients:
• 1 cup butter
• 1 cup sugar plus additional amount for topping (optional)
• 2 eggs
• 2 tablespoons milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 cups flour
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
Girl Scout Cookies have come a long way since that simple list of ingredients. As we shall soon see, Girl Scouts Cookies sold to the public these days don’t stack up against that first Girl Scout Cookie, when it comes to ingredients and nutrition-much less the ingredients to a Shady Maple Farms honey cookie.
Shady Maple Farm Organic Honey and Maple Stroopwafel (Honey Cookie)
Ingredients: wheat flour*, palm oil*, rice syrup*, cane sugar*, whole wheat flour*, honey*, soy flour*, molasses*, sea salt, soy lecithin*, spices*, maple sugar, sodium bicarbonate
* Certified Organically Grown
Girl Scout Cookies
Note: Though, currently, sixteen varieties of Girl Scout Cookies are available, none of them have honey or maple or a maple derivative in its ingredients. So, one of the most popular of the Girl Scout Cookies bought and consumed, Samoas®, is used in this comparison review.
(Samoas) Ingredients: sugar, vegetable oil (palm, partially hydrogenated palm kernel, soybean and/or cottonseed with TBHQ to preserve freshness), enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin B2], folic acid), corn syrup, coconut, sweetened condensed milk (condensed milk, sugar), sorbitol, contains two percent or less of cocoa, glycerin, invert sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, cornstarch, salt, caramelized sugar, dextrose, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, carrageenan, leavening (baking soda, monocalcium phosphate).
Honey Cookies: Shady Maple Farms Organic Honey and Maple Stroopwafels Vs Girl Scout Cookies-Samoas (Nutrition)
I didn’t explicitly include the nutrition facts for both of these cookies because they are similar, at least on paper. For instance, both cookies are sugary as you would expect, and show similar amounts of sugar per serving on the nutrition facts label. The difference, however, is the Girl Scout Samoas first ingredient is sugar, whereas the first sweetener mentioned in the Shady Maple Farms Stroopwafel is the third ingredient-rice syrup. That means the third most prevalent ingredient in the honey cookie is rice syrup, whereas the first most prevalent ingredient in Samoas is sugar. It also means the first ingredient in one cookie is a simple carbohydrate-sugar-and the third ingredient in the other cookie is a complex carbohydrate-rice syrup. That’s also tells you which cookie is more filling-the organic honey cookie-thus persons are less likely to eat more of them.
Also, you may read on a nutrition label a foodstuff has no trans fat although it may still have trans fat, because trans fat can be listed as zero if it’s less than a half gram per serving. The ingredients in Girls Scout Cookie Samoas certainly point toward having trans fat although the nutrition label says zero trans fat. On the other hand, the ingredients making up the organic stroopwafel don’t point to having trans fat. Trans fats are found in partially hydrogenated oils. Girl Scout Cookies Samoas have partially hydrogenated oils as part of its ingredients, Shady Maple Farms Organic do not.
Honey Cookies: Organic Stroopwafels Vs Girl Scout Cookies (Conclusion)
Comparing these two cookies for the purpose of proving which one is better for you even better tasting could go on and on: one maker uses organic soy lecithin as the emulsifier in its cookie; whereas, the other maker uses conventional soy lecithin in its cookie, which almost certainly was processed using hexane and acetone. (Acetone is a solvent used to de-oil lecithin into dry form. Hexane is a neurotoxin and its harmful residue stays on the soy lecithin in ingredients.)
While there are other examples waiting to be taken from the ingredient comparisons as to why one cookie is better than the other, beyond the ingredients and nutrition, the price comparison and how much you get for what you pay should be mentioned.
Girl Scout Cookies is planning on reducing the amount of cookies per box in some of the varieties of its cookies, and reducing the size of the cookie for at least one of its cookies, too. Yet, the prices will remain the same. As of today, Girl Scout Samoas cookies are about $3.50 to $5.00 a box. The total weight of the cookies in that same box now weighs about 204 grams.
On the other hand, there’s no word that the honey cookies of Shady Maple Farms won’t be the same big stroopwafels. A box of Shady Maple Farms Organic Honey and Maple Stroopwafels costs about $5.00 and the weight of the cookies is about 240 grams.
While only Samoas were compared here, almost every Girl Scout Cookie has almost the exact same (non-organic) ingredients, give or take a few, as Samoas. Comparable pricing that in some cases is even better and better (organic) ingredients, which translate to a better source of nutrition, all lend themselves to choosing Shady Maple Farms Organic Honey and Maple Stroopwafels over Girl Scout Cookies.