Girl Scout Cookie and Wine Pairings from a Former Troop LeaderLisette Zamora
There is something special about having a daughter. Of course there is the obvious reasons like their cuteness and having a best friend for life, but there’s one reason that many parents may not admit and that’s having a Girl Scout in your home. There are a lot of perks with having a girl scout, but the best one? You get first dibs on Girl Scout Cookies!
When the Brownie years came is when things got SERIOUS! I embraced the craziness of cookie sales and my daughter’s ambition to sell over 500 boxes the first year (yes, seriously). Meaning, Mom had to sell 500 boxes. We did not meet our goal, but we sure got close.
However, there was something that made this cookie craze so much better for Mom … WINE! (YES, WINE!) I sat down one night with a glass of Malbec as I tried to put together a strategy on how to sell those 500 boxes and I suddenly had a crazy idea. I ripped open a box of Caramel deLites (aka Samoas) and paired it with the wine. This led to the first Girl Scout Cookie and wine tasting event at my home. My friends could not believe it. But, they all came and they all left with loads and loads of cookies. I threw a marketing event in my home and no one even caught on! (They just thought I was being nice.)
Now you’re all wondering what the pairings taste like, right? First, I want to admit that I am by no means a sommelier. Whether it’s Two Buck Chuck or a $100 bottle of wine, I’m a happy camper. So here is my simple mom-approved wine and Girl Scout Cookie list, cheers!
Caramel deLites / Samoas: Malbec
These chocolate, caramel, and coconut beauties are truly delicious! The triple threat flavor profiles (especially the gooey caramel) bring out Malbec’s intense earthy and fruity notes of cherry, plum, and pepper. A truly masterful combination!
Thin Mints: Pinot Noir
The flavors of chocolate and mint burst and tingle in your mouth, really bringing out the sweet and fruity notes of cranberry and cherry in this light red wine. If you tend to like a lighter and sweeter wine, then this pair is a match made in heaven! Another tip is freezing your thin mints for pure perfection!
Peanut Butter Patties / Tagalongs: Cabernet Sauvignon
I pair my bottle of Cab with this delectable Reese’s-like cookie and its complex salty profile. Its nutty texture brings out the vanilla and black cherry notes of this red wine. You’ll never want to have another glass of Cab without its peanut buttery sidekick!
Peanut Butter Sandwiches / Do-si-dos: Merlot
The wine’s hint of cherry, plum, and vanilla brings out the salty profiles in this mini peanut butter sandwich of a cookie — with its nutty, smooth center and crispy outside.
Shortbread / Trefoils: Chardonnay
When you think of shortbread, you think of butter (and who DOESN’T like butter)! Chardonnay is the perfect match for this traditional cookie. The little biscuit is a piece of heaven — as it crumbles in your mouth, the Chardonnay’s natural buttery notes just glide over your tongue. WIN, WIN I say!
Now this shortbread cookie with chocolate on one side can easily be paired with various wines. I however, love how the milk chocolate and its overall sweetness intensifies the rich spices and berry flavors in the Rioja. This pair is sure to please your palate.
Lemonades: Pinot Grigio
The tartness of the lemon frosting brings out the Pinot Grigio’s natural notes of lemon, apple, and pear. At the same time, the wine’s flavor profiles complement this little tart cookie.
Cranberry Citrus Crisps: Sauvignon Blanc
The Cranberry Citrus Crisps is one of the Girl Scout’s newer cookies. It’s a crispy whole grain cookie infused with citrus and cranberry. This tangy crisp brings out all the flowery peach flavors that a traditional Sauvignon Blanc offers, while the wine brings out the lovely cranberry and zesty citrus flavors of the cookie. Definitely a delightful pairing!
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