The Girl Scout Cookie Cupcake Exception
It's Girl Scout Cookie season. The special time of year that brings out manic behavior even in the best of us.
People transform into junkies hoarding boxes for their cookie fix. Friends become eager suppliers because they're scout parents.
Personally, I stepped away from the madness a couple of years ago.
Don't get me wrong. I wholeheartedly appreciate the Girl Scouts organization and what it does for young girls.
I simply don't trust myself.
I got to the point where the cookie wasn't enough. I wanted to take things to the next level. You know, bake some irresistible brownie or bar.
When I realized my problem, I stopped. I refused to make things worse.
That may be hard to understand considering how easily I give in to other desserts, but that's my point.
I have enough addictions. I decided to draw the line.
Until Crumbs Bake Shop made me cross it...
In honor of the season, they created special cupcake flavors based on the Girl Scouts best-selling cookies.
Now, their Thin Mint Cupcake was nothing new. I'd been aware and remained strong. However, when they unveiled the Caramel Coconut Cupcake and Lemon Shortbread Cupcake, all bets were off!
I headed for my nearest Crumbs in Larchmont, California.
Samoas, also called Caramel deLite depending on your location, have always been my weakness. So my choice was clear, the Girl Scout Caramel Coconut.
It's a vanilla cake filled with caramel and topped with chocolate cream cheese frosting, toasted coconut and a caramel coconut cookie.
The cupcakes were $4.50 each. This was indeed a commitment.
Nevertheless, since it was Crumbs I proceeded.
At home, I carefully removed the cookie from the top and set it aside. With chocolate frosting and caramel drizzle affixed to the bottom, I was saving the best for last.
Then I split the cupcake in half. I wanted to assess the caramel filling. Moreover, due to the size of their cupcakes, it worked better for distribution.
The cake had a nice vanilla flavor. However, the caramel center was thicker than expected. Instead of smooth and buttery, it was sugary with an aftertaste that I didn't care for.
I skipped ahead to the chocolate cream cheese frosting.
Ahhh, this was the Crumbs I knew.
Their chocolate frosting was creamy and rich. Along with the toasted coconut and caramel drizzle, it captured the essence of the Samoa cookie.
I finished the rest of my Caramel Coconut cupcake without the filling. As expected, the Samoa cookie at the end was scrumptious.
I don't think I've ever had a better Girl Scout cookie.
Though I do not regret appeasing my curiosity, Crumbs was just an exception. I am returning to my previous stance.
The rest of you may have Girl Scout Cookie season. I will watch from afar.
Please do enjoy every crumb.