[Photographs: Carrie Vasios]

This year there's a new member of the Girl Scout Cookie Troupe. It's called the Savannah Smile, and its release celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.

The new cookie was named in honor of the Scouts' beginnings: The group was started by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia in 1912. The smile (we might say half moon) shaped lemon cookies are extra crisp with a heavy coating of powdered sugar.


Does each Savannah Smile taste like happiness and 100 years of girls' empowerment? Well, the cookies do taste a whole lot like lemon, and, coincidentally, a whole lot like the discontinued Lemon Cooler cookies from 2006.

These cookies are extremely crunchy— so much so that they're a little difficult to eat and, unless you want an explosion of powdered sugar across your shirt, they're better suited for dipping in tea. Some tasters found the lemon flavor to be too intense and verging on artificial, while others like the bright pop of faux-lemon tang.

Will these dethrone Thin Mints and Samoas as the reigning Girl Scout Cookie favorites? Probably not. But we'll never turn down eating a cookie, especially when it's for a good cause.


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