What Happened to Aldi’s Girl Scout Thin Mint Copycat Cookies?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Read our review of all of Aldi’s copycat Girl Scout Cookies here

If you’ve shopped at Aldi for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed the grocer does not hesitate to make adjustments to its inventory from time to time. Aldi is constantly introducing new products, while also giving the boot to other products for various reasons.

Sometimes products disappear for reasons that aren’t clear. That is the case with the Benton’s Fudge Mint Cookies, which were a dead ringer for Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies. As of late 2019 to early 2020, Aldi no longer sells the Fudge Mint Cookies.

Aldi Thin Mints

Aldi’s copycat Girl Scout Thin Mints, now extinct.

We were first clued in that something was up in late 2019, when a reader asked us what happened to the Benton’s Fudge Mint Cookies. They were still on our local store shelves at the time, so we didn’t worry yet but simply kept an eye on the cookies. Sometimes stores will sell out of a certain product and there is a delay in restocking for unknown reasons, causing a temporary and localized shortage.

But then in January of 2020, we noticed the Fudge Mint Cookies were missing from our local stores. I reached out to Aldi via their contact page and asked what had happened to the cookies. I received this response:

The item in which you are inquiring has been discontinued and is no longer available. However, your feedback is very important to us and has been forwarded to the ALDI Buying Team for review.

Aldi did not say why it pulled the Fudge Mint Cookies from store shelves, so I reached out to them again and specifically asked if they could tell me why the cookies were pulled. They responded promptly with the same message, simply stating they had been discontinued and offering no reason.

So we don’t know why the cookies are gone. We’re not sure if the reason was poor sales (although we can hardly imagine Thin Mint knockoffs not selling well, considering how Thin Mints are the number one, most popular Girl Scout cookie), or possibly the reason was quality issues, an issue with the supplier, or something else all together.

What we do know is that the case of the disappearing cookies has resulted in some disappointed Aldi shoppers.

Not all of Aldi’s knockoff Girl Scout cookies are gone, though. Benton’s Peanut Butter Cookies, which are comparable to Girl Scout Tagalongs or Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties, are still available at Aldi. Benton’s Caramel Coconut Cookies, which are just like Girl Scout Samoa Cookies, also remain available.

If you’re still craving Thin Mints, you can get them from your local Girl Scouts, or you can purchase other knockoff versions such as Keebler Grasshopper cookies at most major grocery stores. Retailers such as Walmart, Dollar General, and others even carry their own reasonably priced imitations of Thin Mints. You’ll just pay a little more for them compared to the Aldi cookies.

About Rachael

Rachael is the Senior Editor for Aldi Reviewer. She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, and collecting house plants when she isn't busy shopping at Aldi.

23 Comments

  1. Thank you very much for asking not just once, but twice *why*. As we’ve learned at Aldi, if you see something you like, stock up as much as is reasonable before they take it away!

  2. It seems very odd to me that they would pull them at all. They seemed to have sold better than the other GS cookie knockoffs, but never so popular that there were runs on them, at least at my store. I hope they do bring them back.

  3. My husband will be so disappointed. These are his favorites.

    • Those mint cookies is the best I don’t understand why it got pulled I hope the company reconsiders this because I can say that is one thing that went in the store I go to I know its silly but those mint cookies are the best

  4. Please bring back the chocolate thin fudge mints!!!

  5. Thank you for following up on this! I think I was the first one to bring up the subject. A sad, sad day. :'(

  6. They also appear to have discontinued The PurAqua Black Cherry Sparkling Water (33.6oz.). But they keep the peach flavor, which tastes like battery acid. Go figure.

    • Funny i tried to get the peach but they only had the cherry.

      • Jeffrey J Nelson

        Yes, as it turns out, the black cherry wasn’t discontinued, merely out of stock at my Aldi. Last week my daughter was able to get both the cherry and peach. Still no thin mint cookies, though. 🙁

  7. Well, DANG! I love those!!

  8. That’s s a big disappointment! I also noticed the anise pizelles are no longer at Aldi, just the new chocolate and vanilla! i loved the anise flavor!

  9. Always bought ! Very sad and disappointing they no longer carry a good selling item.

  10. Aldi also no longer stock Icon mints. They were tastier than Tic Tacs, had less sugar and no nasty additives. Everytime I find a good product, the shops seem to stop keeping these items in stock after two or three years. I have tried other places to find these but can not. Are they still made?

  11. Why did you do this aldi?? Why?? I feel sad ,confused,and alone!!! Please bring them back

  12. Is it possible ALDI was trying to be considerate of the Girl Scouts and they’re just gone for the first part of the year?

    • That would make sense if all of the copycat cookies had been removed. In this case, only the Thin Mint copycats are gone. The others — the Tagalong copycat and the Samoa copycat — are still in stores.

  13. Bought some Girl Scouts Tagalongs. Oh my gosh, this year the Aldis brand tastes BETTER THAN the Girl Scout $5 version. Go figure! Way to go Aldis! Come in GS bakers!

  14. Totally disappointed!!!! Chocolate mints were out
    Favorite!!! Please bring them back. I’m dying!!!

  15. I can’t believe this..!!! Benton’s Fudge Mint Cookies are my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE…!!!!
    They’re much better than the Girl Scouts & Keebler brands.
    They’re also 1 of the most routine items I purchase at Aldi.
    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that they be continued!!!!

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