EDITOR’S NOTE: As of January of 2020, we noticed the Benton’s Fudge Mint Cookies were not in our local Aldi stores. We reached out to Aldi and learned they have been discontinued. The Peanut Butter Cookies and the Caramel Coconut Cookies are still on store shelves.
When Girl Scout cookie cravings hit but you can’t find any uniformed kids peddling the colorful boxes full of goodness, you can turn to local grocery stores for similar cookie options. In recent years, Aldi has begun offering its own line of imitation Girl Scout cookies.
While it’s true that buying look-alike Girl Scout cookies at a grocery store means you aren’t helping troops raise funds, Aldi’s cookies taste pretty authentic and are about half the cost of the official Girl Scout cookies. If you served these cookies to your friends without the packaging, they would think you were serving them bona fide Girl Scout cookies.
Aldi sells three different cookies we’ll look at here today:
Benton’s Fudge Mint Cookies
These are impersonations of the Girl Scouts’ classic, ever-popular Thin Mint cookies. Fudge Mint Cookies are crunchy chocolate cookies covered with fudge and made with real cocoa. My family likes these cookies, as well as their name-brand Thin Mint counterparts, best after they’ve chilled in the fridge for a while. My husband, who is a big Thin Mints fan, claims he likes Benton’s Fudge Mint Cookies better than the name-brand Keebler Grasshopper cookies that are sold as knock-off Thin Mints in regular grocery stores.
Benton’s Peanut Butter Filled Cookies
My personal favorite, these are imitations of the Girl Scouts’ Tagalongs or Peanut Butter Patties. These crisp cookies are topped with a layer of creamy peanut butter and covered all over with fudge, and they also are made with real cocoa. These cookies are solid, and when I buy them I usually eat more than I should. They also taste great after some time in the fridge.
Benton’s Caramel Coconut Fudge Cookies
These rich little cookies are copies of Girl Scouts’ Samoas or Caramel DeLites. These cookies are topped with chewy shredded coconut and fudge stripes, made with real cocoa. The Caramel Coconut Fudge Cookies package indicates that consumers voted these cookies Best New Product in 2015 in association with Better Homes and Gardens. These cookies taste indulgent, just like the Samoas that inspired them.
Recommended, with a caveat not to discontinue support of your local Girl Scout troops. If cookie-selling season is over and you need a Girl Scout cookie fix, Aldi’s Benton’s cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth.