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Why do Girl Scout Cookies® Have Different Names?

Wait a minute, did Tagalongs® change their name to Peanut Butter Patties®? Why do my Girl Scout Cookies® have different names?

Wondering why a Girl Scout® just sold you box of Do-si-dos® but it says Peanut Butter Sandwiches on the box?  Wondering why your local Girl Scouts® aren’t selling the new Lemon-Ups®?  Girl Scout Cookies® have different names!

So here’s the scoop – There are two completely different bakers making the cookies.

Each baker produces similar cookies and gives their cookies different names … well for the most part but we’ll get to that in a bit.

Each local Girl Scout® council chooses which baker to use as their supplier.  Where you live will determine which cookies your local Girl Scouts® are selling. You may purchase Samoas® from a cookie booth at your local Walmart, but 100 miles down the road they may be selling Caramel de-Lites®.

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Why do Girl Scout Cookies have different names?

Oh and ever wonder why those Peanut Butter Patties® taste a bit different from a Tagalong®; it’s because each baker uses a slightly different recipe.

Little Brownie Bakers & ABC Bakers

Here’s what’s going on.  Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) have licensed two different commercial bakers to produce their cookies; ABC Bakers® (ABC) and Little Brownie Bakers® (LBB).  Each baker produces cookies that look and taste similar, but each baker uses different names for their Girl Scout Cookies® because of trademarks.

Ferequity Inc (owner of LBB) owns the trademarks to those cute names; Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos and Toffee-tactics – not GSUSA.

Interbake (owner of ABC) owns the trademark to the names Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties, Thanks-a-Lots, and Caramel deLites – not GSUSA.

Some Girl Scout Cookies® have the same name because GSUSA owns the trademark, like Thin Mints®.  ABC and LBB both make Thin Mints® – slightly different recipe but same name.

Same with Girl Scout S’mores®.  GSUSA owns the trademark, so both bakers use it.  While LBB and ABC both make a Girl Scout S’more® cookie, they are actually completely different cookies. LBB makes a s’more sandwich cookie, while ABC makes a chocolate cover graham.

It’s because of these trademarks that you’ll find Girl Scout® Thin Mint® licensed products, like the Dunkin’ coffees but not usually Tagalong flavored products.  You will find official Girl Scout licensed that are caramel coconut or peanut butter chocolate flavored though.

Each baker also produces one gluten free cookie option.  These cookies have different names and like the s’mores are completely different cookies.  LBB makes the Toffee-tastic® and ABC makes the Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie.

Which baker is making your cookies?

The GIRL SCOUTS® name and mark, and all associated trademarks and logotypes, including, but not limited to, GIRL SCOUT COOKIES®, Lemon-Ups®, Trefoils®, Thin Mints®, and Girl Scout S’mores® are owned by Girl Scouts of the USA. ABC Bakers® name and mark, and all associated trademarks including, but not limited to, Peanut Butter Patties®, Thanks a lots®, Lemonades®, and Caramel de-Lites® are owned by Interbake Foods llc. The LITTLE BROWNIE BAKERS® name and mark, and all associated trademarks including, but not limited to, Toffee-tastic®, Tagalongs®, Do-si-dos®, and Samoas® are registered trademarks of Ferequity.