Get ready for Girl Scout Cookie wine pairing season!
Did you know I used to be a Girl Scout troop leader? Let’s just say I got sucked into it with crocodile tears my youngest dished out when her troop leader decided to move out of state a week before school started.
Being a Girl Scout troop leader for three years was definitely an experience. When it came to selling cookies – WOWZERS! It’s serious business. I was too busy to have my troop be anything but simple. So we would do a one day group sale at a friends house across the street from Washington Park in Denver – one of the busiest parks in the city. We would sell out in less than two house. I would call my sales strategy a success – team building, togetherness and waaaay easier for all the working parents who’s kids sell cookies.
During my troop leading days I spent some time perfecting the best Girl Scout Cookie wine pairings. To be clear, I did not do this for work but out of necessity. You see as the parent who’s daughter(s) sells the cookies YOU are required to BUY all the cookies your child PLANS TO SELL and then you essentially reimburse yourself when the cookies are sold. Great strategy for Girl Scouts, not so much for the parent who drops a few Benjamin’s hoping their kid follows through with selling the cookies. (Now you know why all the parents at your office sell the cookies for their kids…)
We had A LOT of Girl Scout Cookies at my house since I had TWO little entrepreneurs.
Girl Scout Cookies will be sold from Feb. 17-March 26, 2023 so get ready to stock up. My girls aren’t selling anymore so I can only help with Girl Scout Cookie wine pairing recommendations…
The Ultimate Girl Scout Cookie Wine Pairing Guide
Thin Mints pair well with a rich, full bodied glass of red wine. My favorite pairings are Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempernillo would also go well. 🍷
Samoas are a balanced mix of sweet caramel, coconut and milk chocolate, making Merlot a perfect pairing.
Peanut Butter Patties and Tagalongs
Peanut Butter Patties and Tagalongs pair with juicy red wines such as Zinfandel or Malbec. This Girl Scout Cookie wine pairing is like eating – and sipping – a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!!
Trefoils are delicious shortbread cookies – aka buttery sweetness with a crunch. My favorite wine pairing for these Girl Scout cookies are a buttery Chardonnay or a sparkling wine. A totally opposite – but delicious pairing – is with Sauvignon Blanc as its acidity cuts through the butter of the cookie.
The best Girl Scout Cookie pairing for these lemony cookies are a crisp Albarino. Sparkling wine can also balance the sweet tartness of these cookies.
S’mores are my least favorite Girls Scout cookie only because we could never get enough for the troop to sell. They pair well with an oaked Chardonnay or a lighter red wine such as Pinot Noir.
Raspberry Rally is a newer cookie my girls didn’t sell so this Girl Scout Cookie wine pairing is also new. The Raspberry Rally is a thin, crispy cookie infused with raspberry flavor and dipped in chocolate. Think of it as a raspberry Thin Mint (minus the mint). Given these rich flavors a Port would per the perfect pairing.
Adventurefuls also came out after my girls stepped down from cookie sales. Thankfully as I would have eaten too many of these indulgent, salted caramel brownie cookies. Again, Port makes for the perfect Girl Scout Cookie wine pairing.
Elaine Schoch (pronounced the German way – Shock) is the editor and founder of Carpe Travel as well as an award-winning travel writer, wine judge, certified by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 and certified American Wine Expert. She is married to The Husband and has two kids, Princess One and Two – who’s interest and knowledge in wine is quite extensive. Not to mention the stamps in their passports.