Girl Scout Samoas vs. Keebler Fudge Shoppe Coconut Dreams

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Jonathan McNamara
Samoas and faux Samoas, can you tell the difference?


For a while now, we've been able to get our Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie fix out of season by heading to the supermarket and picking up Keebler Fudge Shoppe Grasshoppers. In fact, we've found similar cookies or knock-offs for all the other Girl Scout cookies, except the popular caramelly, coconutty Samoas. Those green-clad girls have had that market covered. 

No longer.

Have you seen the new Keebler Fudge Shoppe Coconut Dreams?  They look almost identical to Samoas, except that the chocolate stripes on the Coconut Dreams look like a milk chocolate versus the darker chocolate stripes on the Samoas. 

They have the same calorie count, at 140 calories per 2 cookies; Coconut Dreams have more fat and Samoas have more carbs.  Coconut Dreams contain 18 cookies (8.5 oz) per box and Samoas have 14 cookies (7.5 oz) per box. 

Price is about the same, too. (We did find the Keebler cookies on sale the week before the Girl Scout cookies came out, just 2 for $5 at Safeway.) The regular price for a box is $3.97 plus tax; the Girl Scout cookies are $4 each. 

But the real question remains: Which tastes better?

Get the results of our Chow Bella taste test after the jump.


We thought the Coconut Dreams were awesome; they were chewy, they had more chocolate and were were seriously convinced they were the real thing.

Sorry, Girl Scouts. Those elves really are making you work extra hard this year.  If I were an elf, I would be very worried if a group of young girls with green sashes came knocking on my tree trunk door.

Turns out, Coconut Dreams, Samoas and the similar 1970's Sunshine brand Yum Yums cookies are all currently owned by Keebler's parent company, Kellogg.  Just when we thought there was a little healthy competition, the joke's on us.  No more will we have to wait patiently each year for those darling girls to sell us the coveted Samoas -- we can get them any time we please.         

Are you going to seek out and support a Girl Scout to sate your coconut caramel chocolate cookie craving?  Are the Girl Scouts doomed?  What do you think?


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69 comments
smarie
smarie

Family Dollar also sells one and I cannot taste the difference between theirs and the real thing, cheaper than both Keebler and Girl Scouts!

Izzi
Izzi

I am a Girl Scout and it makes me very very very very angry that other companies are creating horrible knock-offs. Thank you Jennie. I have tried all the knock-offs and none even come close. I am also very very very very disappointed in the people that  like these bad cookies, I mean they don't even taste good. And please don't yell.

Cookie
Cookie

FYI:  ALL Girl Scout cookies are made by Keebler...

OCNEONJOHN
OCNEONJOHN

I WILL NEVER BUY GIRL SCOUT COOKIES AGAIN BECAUSE OF THE WEIRD STUFF THEY STAND FOR - KEEP YOUR GIRLS AWAY FROM THIS RADICAL GROUP!!!

NOMNOMNOM
NOMNOMNOM

Keebler Fudge Shoppe Coconut Dreams are way better in my opinion!!

Rose
Rose

I like both.. but the Keebler ones are cheaper... 

Jennie
Jennie

Smith's in Albuquerque had them for $1.31 each. Kind of stinkin that Keebler/Kellogg did this. I will still support Girl Scouts.

Tisharella78
Tisharella78

I was a scout, we sold cookies to fund our yearly jamboree- where we got all the regional troops together and camped for a week in the woods, doing crafts, learning about nature, etc. This year our local scouts are selling 500 boxes each so they can go to Hawaii. Wait- what????? I think I'll buy the fakes just once a year til the adults in charge remember what scouting is about!!!!

christine
christine

Why don't the girlscouts sell the cookies all year round and maybe we would not be looking for knockoffs!

Susan
Susan

I wish they would just come back out with the original Yum Yums!  If I could get back my favorite Yum Yums and Mountain Dew in GLASS bottles again....my life would be Heavenly!  If those items showed up on my doorstep, I'd think I'd died and GONE to Heaven!  Why do they have to do away with such wonderful cookies and take the fun out of drinking soda?!

Sspacecase16
Sspacecase16

I've had the coconut dreams since they first came out but just recently purchased them again to find they are now different with less caramel making them less compatible to the original samoas

Ktotko
Ktotko

Been trying to find the Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies.  Keebler used to have the ones called Pitter Patter.  Miss those.  No difference in taste, at least to me.

Guest
Guest

so keebler cookies such as the grasshoppers were only $2.00 at my local supermarket, i don't know about you but compared to the girl scout cookies, I'd rather buy keeblers since it's so much cheaper and they don't taste any different to me.

Mark A.
Mark A.

I can't believe GS's only make .75 per box of cookies.. Where does the rest of the profit go? I always support their fundraisers, but I wish they got more per box of cookies.

Jsh201169
Jsh201169

Yes coconut dreams aré better

KeeblerElf
KeeblerElf

I work for Keebler. We make the girl scout cookies!

DDGibson
DDGibson

So you like Samoas and Coconut Dreams?!! Edy's makes a Samoas ice cream--only available through April--ugh!

Fireftr
Fireftr

Truth! The other day I was sad that I missed the Girlscout cookies this year because I love the Somoas and thought I'd have to wait another year to get them. But, about two weeks ago, in the grocery store Publix, here in Miami, Fl, I passed down the cookie isle and spotted these Keebler Coconut Dreams. I tried them because the photo on the bag looked just like Girlscout Somoas. Got out to the car and tore into the bag. Tastes EXACTLY like Somoas. Easy to spot the bag, has a blue label. The Keebler Grasshoppers have a green label and yes, they taste EXACTLY like Girlscout Thin Mints. Now you can have 'em both all year round.

Beth
Beth

I'm not sure why Keebler is choosing to sell out a NFPO by creating such a similar cookie to the Girl Scouts' Samoas, but I am a happy girl now because I can have them all year long :o) (Coconut Dreams) and then also support my nieces once a year when the original Samoas are available.

Kip
Kip

By the way, it's 18 cookies per package of the Keebler Coconut Dreams, 3 rows of 6.

Ryan Ha
Ryan Ha

This is making me hungry.

cookie_hungry
cookie_hungry

i agree to support the girl scouts, but this girl has to get her fix after girl scout cookie season. i'll only purchase the knock offs in case of emergency!

guest
guest

@Izzi They're not knock-offs...you're selling the same cookie with a different package.

Recks
Recks

@Izzi They do taste good. Did you know that Keebler is the official girl scout baker since 1936? I'm disappointed that you are a Girl Scout, and I'm not, but even I know this.

alyssa4candy
alyssa4candy

@OCNEONJOHN  What do Girl Scouts "stand for" that is considered "weird stuff".  Please reply, I am just curious to know.  There have been quite a few misconceptions as to what people think Girl Scouts stand for and what they actually stand for.

hunTab
hunTab

Why? Don't just yell out stuff. Tell us what weird stuff they stand for. At this point you look like the 'radical' one.

alyssa4candy
alyssa4candy

@Rose  ... Keebler may be cheaper but buying from a Girl Scout benefits the community.  Girls put their proceeds from making cookies toward community service projects and going on trips.

alyssa4candy
alyssa4candy

@christine  Trust me, selling Girl Scout Cookies year round isn't easy.  A person from each troop has to have their garage filled with cookies so girls in the troop can keep up a good supply.  Then, there is the paperwork and getting contracts with stores.  Also, girls want to have a social life.

GS Leader
GS Leader

Thank you for supporting Girl Scouts.

Sue
Sue

75 cents per box goes to the Troop selling the cookies.  Even more goes to the Council that the troop belongs to - that's how they pay the people who run the Council and pay for the Girl Scout camps.  Some goes to the bakery to pay for the actual cookies and a surprising amount goes to pay the freight company that got the cookies from the bakery to the cookie drop-off point, where the Girl Scout volunteers take over distribution of the cookies.  It takes a lot of coordination to get those precious Samoas into my eager little hands every year!

Izzi
Izzi

@KeeblerElf - I am a GS and it's true, ut us girls don't get much for the 1,000s of cookies we sell.

                                                         ~Izzi~

Fireftr
Fireftr

DDGibson - Thanks for the info about Edy's.....think I'll make a quick trip to the store!

Susan
Susan

AND the Girl Scouts are using a recipe for a cookie that was selling YEARS ago:  Yum Yums by Sunshine Biscuits, which was eventually sold to Keebler/Kelloggs.  So, to be accurate, the Girl Scouts stole the cookie from them first so why should WE have to wait all year for their cookies when the recipe wasn't theirs to begin with?  Just saying...I also would rather give $10 straight to the Girl Scouts and buy my cookies for less at the grocery store year-round!  It's just my humble opinion!

Ola38
Ola38

because Keebler is the company that does the baking of the girlscout cookies. There are two companies. Keebler and another company. The Samoas and coconut dreams are the same cookie.

Beeotis1
Beeotis1

Hey, Girl Scout Cookies FREEZE great! No knockoffs! It's sad to see that the parent company of Little Brownie Bakers puts knockoffs out there....most people balk at the 4.00 per box for GS Cookies, but .75c goes directly to the troop. In our case, we have 2 troops, the younger daisies (5 year olds) and the Cadets (6th grade-9th grade) and because of cookie sales we were able to take our Cadet troop to Disneyland one summer and Sea World the summer before. Currently we are saving up for 2 years to try and make a trip overseas. And when we aren't setting bigger goals like these, the funds help some of our girls get their vests. Those badges and patches aren't free, folks.....and neither are the books and supplies. We try not to pass the cost on to the parents, some of them simply cannot pay dues or afford to outfit them, we don't want to risk any girl missing out on this AWESOME experience because they can't afford their vests. So, BUY THE GIRL SCOUT COOKIES...you are "Helping to Make The World A Better Place!"PS...if you don't enjoy the cookies, most troops accept donations to send these cookies to our Troops at war, or other very worthy causes. See, it's not just a cookie!

alyssa4candy
alyssa4candy

@guest @Izzi  They are so not the same cookies.  Yes, they are made by the same company, but they are not the same cookies.

kitkat
kitkat

Oh get over yourself!  It isn't like Girl Scouts are donating to charity.  I was in Girl Scouts and it was a major waste of time.

alyssa4candy
alyssa4candy

@Susan   It is called buying twenty boxes and storing them in your freezer.  I've kept mine up to two years.  They loose some flavor, but after two years of being frozen they are equivalent to the Keebler knock-offs.

Izzi
Izzi

I am a GS and the knock-off companies are cheating on us, namely keebler.

                                                      ~Izzi~

Guest
Guest

 Yeah.... because sending kids to Disney and Sea World is a good cause. *rolls eyes*  I'd be a little more sympathetic and inclined to stick to girl scout cookies if you made a real argument about them supporting something of value. Let their parents pay for their amusement park trips. That's NOT what the girl scouts were about when I was young, and it's NOT what they should be about now. As for Keebler / Kellogs, good for them for answering consumer demand. Let us support the causes we want to with our money instead of forcing us into supporting one because they cornered the market on a single good.

Jessi
Jessi

In my local grocery, the Keebler cookies are selling at $2.00 a package. The "local" council here has GS cookies at $3.50, with our girls getting 50c a box.

Makes three times more sense to me to buy the cheaper cookie and donate the savings directly to the troop.

themyscira
themyscira

@Izzi Are you dumb or stupid?  GS knocked them off 1st!  If you think GS aren't getting a kick back from Keebler you obviously need to get a ife.

guest
guest

@GS Leader If Keebler's the one making the cookies in the first place, they're not stealing anything. You're a reseller competing against the manufcturer.


themyscira
themyscira

@GS Leader LOL, you need to get a life.  They didn't STEAL anything.  I guess you don't know how patents work... and all your talk of precious daddy time... et al... don't work.  I will keep on walking right past your GS when they are selling cookies in front of WalMart and get twice as much for half the price.

GS Leader
GS Leader

Do you really think that's what GS is all about?  Sending kids to Disneyland?  There is NO WAY that we could raise enough money to go there.  We cook dinner for people in need.  We've cleaned up a park in our town and continue to keep up the trails for hiking.  We put flags on graves of soldiers for Memorial Day.  We've sent books to places where there were no books.  (sorry I can't remember where that was)  And that is just a few things we do.

To earn your bronze award you need to do at least 20 hours of COMMUNITY SERVICE.  For your silver award you need 50 hours and for your gold, 80 hours.  I have 7 girls currently working for their silver award.  That's 350 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE!!!!!!!!!   How much community service have you done? 

There has to be some fun involved too.  We took our girls zip lining and camping.  This was a blast!  It also challenged them, they stepped out of their comfort zone.  Many of them overcame fears, planned and cooked dinner (which busy, working Moms just don't have time to teach anymore) and spent the night away from home.  We have a Father/Daughter sock hop every year so girls can spend a special night with Daddy.  A couple of hours of undivided attention from that all important person.  That's priceless!!!  Except it's not free.  We pay for that with our cookie sales.

So, we've "cornered the market on a single good."  I bet you don't own an iPod.  They've cornered that market.  We are 10 year old LITTLE GIRLS just trying to grow up to be good citizen of the world. 

So teaching that a corporation can distroy our marketing plan, STEAL OUR CUSTOMER BASE that we've worked years to establish and under cut our pricing is a good idea and should be praised.  I think Keebler should be ashamed of themselves!!!!   You live in a sad and sorry world if you think that this is a good idea.

Biketraveller22
Biketraveller22

Agree. I gave up on cookies and donating to Scouts when I watched our upper middle class troop extort people both by selling cookies and another fund raising event. They used the $ to go to Hershey Park and a pricey horse resort all while telling people "it's for a good cause." Yuchi. Pay for your own daughters vacations.

alyssa4candy
alyssa4candy

@themyscira Duh she knows how patents work.  The people against Keebler understand the legal part.  However, they are simply ticked off about the moral part.  Legally... Keebler is fine.  Morally.... They are taking away sales from girls that put their profits to really good causes. 

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