Lowcountry Girl Scout Cookies aren't the same ones sold in the rest of SC

VIDEO: Lowcountry Girl Scout Cookies aren't the same ones sold in the rest of SC

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - You may know them as Samoas. But someone who lives elsewhere might know them as Caramel deLites.

It turns out not all Girl Scout Cookies are created equal. Baking duties for those Girl Scout Cookies we've enjoyed for generations are shared between two licensed bakeries.

The names of the cookies for sale where you live, and any small variations in the recipes, depend on which bakery manufactures them.

In the Lowcountry, Thin Mint enthusiasts enjoy a smoother cookie, while in the Midlands and the Upstate, the Thin Mint is crunchier.

What the Lowcountry knows as Tagalongs, Do-si-dos and Trefoils are called Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches and Shortbreads, respectively.

The recipes are similar, but not exactly the same.

The Lowcountry's lemon-flavored cookies are covered with powered sugar and known as Savannah Smiles. But the rest of the state gets the alternate recipe, shortbread cookies with lemon-flavored icing known as Lemonades.

Individual Girl Scout Troops decide which bakery they partner with, and, therefore, which recipe and names their cookies will carry.

The Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina said they taste-tested the cookies and choose the Little Brownie Bakers. But ABC Bakers won the contract for Girl Scouts from the mountains to the Midlands.

The first nationwide Girl Scout Cookie sale dates back to 1936, but Girl Scouts in different parts of the country baked their own simple sugar cookies and sold them locally to raise money to fund their activities as early as 1917, according to the Girl Scouts website.

Cookie sales continue through March 15.

The Girl Scouts have a free Cookie Finder app available for iPhone and Android to help you scout out cookie sales near you.

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