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In Boston we have Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Thanks A Lots, Shout Outs, Lemonades, Caramel de Lites, and Peanut Butter Sandwiches. And I already placed my orders in January.

I wonder if the Boston-area Girl Scouts switched bakeries at some point, because we used to have Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Samoas, and Tagalongs. I was really confused the first couple of years after the switch. Which is why companies should be very careful about switching product names.

The name changes over the years didn't worry me because I never remembered the names anyway. I just ask for anything with lots of peanut butter or caramel. Of course I always remember Thin Mints by name! They'll never chnage that name.

Thanks for the cookie lore! I used to buy my thin mints at Castro/18th, and the stand was always mobbed with the boys of the hood. I'd be curious to know where it ranked in sales with other locations.

I was really surprised to see my Boston-area cookie selection returned to the original Samoas and Tagalongs this year, after they had switched a few years ago (as noted above). The banishment of "Samoas" and "Tagalongs" is kind of joke among people I know, since so many of us have fond childhood memories of eating GS cookies with those names. I have never understood why the switcheroo and am even more perplexed by the apparent switch back!

@MRP: For the longest time I thought Tagalongs were a Filipino delicacy.

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