Dear one n all,
The voters’ fingers have been dipped in milk. The UN poll inspectors have all gone home. Jimmy Carter has concluded that democracy has been served. Here’s how the 2,450 votes stacked up in the quest for The Official Cookie of Mason-Dixon Knitting:
1. Girl Scout Thin Mint 249
2. Pepperidge Farm Milano 208
3. Walker’s Shortbread 200
4. Girl Scout Samoa 135
5. Chocolate-covered Digestive 118
6. Oreo 111
7. Carr’s Ginger Lemon Creme 103
8. Le Petit Ecolier 98
9. Tim Tam 76
10. Fig Newton 74
11. Oreo–Double Stuf 64
12. Trader Joe’s Peppermint Joe-Joe’s 58
13. McVities Hob Nob 57
14. Anna’s Ginger Thins 56
15. Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Snaps 55
16. Pecan Sandies 54
17. Lorna Doone 49
18. Trader Joe’s Chocolate Almond Horn 47
18. Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Chunk Sausalito 47
20. Girl Scout Tagalong 47
21. Vienna Fingers 45
21. Mallomar 45
21. Moon Pie 45
24. Frosted Animal Cookies w/Sprinkles 42
25. Pim’s 35
26. Nutter Butter 33
27. Famous Amos Chocolate Chip 31
28. Pepperidge Farm Brussels 27
29. Bahlsen Choco Leibniz 24
30. Nonni’s Biscotti 21
30. Archway Frosted Lemon 21
32. Newman’s Own Ginger-O 19
33. Moravian Spice Cookies 18
34. Pepperidge Farm Gingerman 14
35. Pepperidge Farm Pirouette 13
35. Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux 13
37. Ikea Kakor Chokladflarn 11
37. Oreo–Double Stuf Mint 11
37. Famous Chocolate Wafer 11
40. Jammie Dodger 10
40. Keebler Soft Batch Chocolate Chip 10
40. Keebler French Vanilla Creme 10
43. Trader Joe’s Meringues 8
43. Oreo Fudgee 8
43. LU Cinnamon Spice 8
46. Lemon Hydrox 7
47. Fresh Market Kitchen Sink 4
A hearty high five to Girl Scout Thin Mints, the Official Cookie of Mason-Dixon Knitting!
Now, I realize that there are Thin Mint detractors out there. I know that some of you will say that the reason Thin Mints are eaten in such quantity is that the only way to get the taste of a Thin Mint out of your mouth is to eat another Thin Mint. I know that some of you refer to the coating as “polymerlike,” or “waxy,” or indeed “not really chocolate.” I know that some of you think mint is a toothpaste flavor, not a cookie flavor. And I say: I hear you. I may even believe these things. But that does not matter.
What matters is that a strong, clear Thin Mint voice was raised. A quick scan of Google will reveal that Thin Mints have long been the best-selling Girl Scout cookie. Indeed, people declare their love via clothing:
So when you see that Girl Scout cookie order form in the break room at work, order a box or two of Thin Mints. The Girl Scouts and the Girl Scout Cookie Moms of the world will thank you.
Miss Congeniality Awards
Best Cookie to Eat While Knitting: It has been pointed out that if you combined the Lorna Doone vote and the Walker’s Shortbread vote, shortbread would have won the day. Many have extolled the tidiness of a shortbread cookie, the way you can eat ‘n’ knit without chocolaty calamity, the way shortbread really sings when eaten with tea.
Most Fun Cookie: Tim Tams. Good lord, people, who knew you could turn a cookie into an activity? You Tim Tammers are clearly having a better time with your cookies than anybody else. My sister Buffy has emailed me and written me about the Tim Tam Slam, and she even went so far as to buy a vast quantity of Tim Tams for holiday gifts because her husband came back from a trip to Australia with these chocostravaganzas.
Best Name: Ikea Kakor Chokladflarn.
Best Surprise Contender: Chocolate-covered Digestives. Way to rally the troops on this one. Impressive showing for a cookie that has the word digestive in it.
Best Martin Luther King Day Cookie: It’s Martin Luther King Day, so I checked to see what Martin Luther King’s favorite cookie was. I didn’t find an answer, but I did learn that he loved pecan pie. So maybe a Pecan Sandie would do in a pinch.
Wishing you all a fine, cookie-loaded day.