The best wines to pair with your Scout Cookies

When the Boy Scout troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, sold a batch of homemade cookies in 1917, they had no idea it would become the big seller it is today. Since then, it has grown into a cookie giant, selling over 200 million boxes annually and bringing in $800 million. In addition to raising funds for troops, it is also an educational trip for members. The process of running a “small business” helps train Scouts in the areas of goal setting, decision making, money management, interpersonal skills and business ethics.

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It's difficult to have just one box of cookies, so people end up with a variety of flavors and tastes. The good news is that tasty treats are versatile and are good for work, relaxing, watching movies, after a workout, in the office and in the car. And to drinks, and here are the best wines to pair with Girl Scout Cookies.

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Thin peppermint candies

Mint and chocolate are a delicious combination and luckily pair wonderfully with Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, which also happens to have strong mint and chocolate notes. If you want to broaden your horizons, you can also experiment with other members of the Cabernet family, especially Carmenere.


As a general rule of thumb, you should pair white wines with a lighter chocolate such as white or milk chocolate for complementary flavor profiles. Red wine goes best with dark chocolate.

So we're looking for a fruity wine that might also have a touch of residual sugar to bring out the cocoa.

Expand your mind and think about Zinfandel, something from a warmer place like Lodi or Napa.


Shortbread is a natural pairing with sparkling wine, and in this case I'm looking at a Reserva-level cava from Spain that's been aged for quite a long time so it's really developed the rich notes of brioche and clotted cream that make it so burst this underpopular cookie!


Now that's a bit tricky, think about working with coconut and caramel and letting the chocolate take care of itself. A bold, oaky Chardonnay, something with a hint of tropical fruit to complement the coconut, is the way to go. And butter and vanilla go well with the caramel. Napa Valley or Australia would be good places to start.


The combination of peanut butter and oatmeal makes for a slightly complicated combination, but in this case a richer, more oxidative white wine is just perfect. Consider a Roussanne-Marsanne blend from France's Rhone Valley, where you'll get the same nutty flavors and a deliciously full body.

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All Girl Scout cookies

Champagne goes with everything – especially the sweet treats of cookies. And it's also a perfect celebration of Girl Scouts' success!

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