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Girl Scout cookies are here, but did you know your Samoas are someone else’s Caramel deLites?

By Marcia Gagliardi

Is your freezer stash of Thin Mints long gone? Well, despair not, because Girl Scout cookie season is underway, with booth sales already happening in cities around the U.S. (and yes, there’s even a Cookie Finder app—iOS or Android—for tracking where they’re on sale in your area). 

But here’s a little cookie fact you may not know: Depending on where you live in the country, you may be eating an entirely different Girl Scout cookie than your neighbor in another city or state. Gasp! What?

It’s true: Your Tagalongs are someone else’s Peanut Butter Patties, and New York’s Do-si-dos are Philly’s Peanut Butter Sandwich (huh?). It turns out that there are two totally different bakers—ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers—who handle the production of the cookies.

And it’s not just the names that are different—the cookies taste differently too. Trefoils reportedly taste more buttery, while Shortbread has more of a whisper of vanilla. And one baker's Thin Mints has the audacity to taste more minty than the other.

Plug your ZIP code into this L.A. Times cookie map to see who’s baking the cookies for your area, and then hop on over here to see when and where they’re coming to your city. And then it’s definitely time to call your cousin in Miami (or Kansas City) to send you boxes to compare.

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