Hey, my editors want stories about Girl Scout cookies. That product has gotten some bad press over the years. Contamination was one issue, and then, most important are the unhealthful contents.
If you are a prepper how many boxes should you store and for how long? For good psychological reasons, it might be alright to store a couple of boxes per person for a few months, just in case. The best bet are shortbread cookies because they are deemed “healthiest” among all of GS cookies.
“The Healthiest Choice: Shortbread
(also called Trefoils in certain locations, see separate nutrition information)
Serving size = 4 cookies
Nutrition Information per serving: 120 calories (30 calories per cookie), 4.5 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 105 mg sodium, 19 g total carbohydrate, <1 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 1 g protein.
This cookie won the title of healthiest for a few reasons: per cookie, the calories are pretty low. One serving also delivers the least amount of total fat and sugar. There are only 10 ingredients in the ingredient list—and sugar appears a mere two times.”
As preppers, you try to get as many good calories as you can, meaning fewer from sugar. Protein is better. But, when everything seems to failing around you in a disaster, imagine the reward from being able to pull out a couple of cookies as a treat.
Maybe the Girl Scouts should consider contracting with Clif Bars to provide a more nutritious offering.
“What is the shelf life of Girl Scout cookies?
I just discovered five boxes of Girl Scout cookies in a box in my storage unit. They were there for about 2-1/2 years. Believe it or not, they were perfect! Even the thin mints and tagalongs were fine! The chocolate wasn't melted or discolored at all. I was amazed. I do live in Oregon, a temperate climate, and the storage unit was kept cool. My little girls think I'm a hero now.
However, that's talking about shelf life. Frankly I don't know anyone who would willingly want to eat cookies that have sitting around for 2 1/2 years unless it
was a survival situation and there was absolutely nothing else to eat.
Normally, cookies have a best if eaten by-life of 1-2 weeks if the package is opened and 2-3 months if the package is airtight.