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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p_a_hobbs
p_a_hobbs

Keebler makes the samoas for Girl Scouts. I read it somewhere. Less expensive ($2 opposed to $4) and they're year round.

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.

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.

guest
guest

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

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.

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!

Mybuddy
Mybuddy

By your cookies from the Girl Scouts. They are a special treat once a year and provide Girl Scouts with the funds to do community service, take trips, recruit and train volunteers who are good role models, keep their camps up to date, help girls attend camp whose families need financial assistance to enable their daughters to attend. Those Girl Scout cookies buy a lot of good, wholesome activity for girls and teach them good morals as well. Well worth the price and they will taste better for knowing you did a good thing.

Eric SF
Eric SF

Keebler is owned by Kellogg's, which also owns Little Brownie Bakers (LBB). LBB is one of two companies that make cookies for the Girls Scouts. Ignoring the minor tweeks to the recipe, we're basically talking about the same cookie here.

Earthdayaz
Earthdayaz

So, Kellogs is employing child labor to sell their cookies?

Please, Mr. Reporter - tell us about the charitable giving by Kelloggs that relates to this story.

Sam2001
Sam2001

Most of the no-longer "local" Girl Scout Councils (about 100 of them now) receive over half to upwards of 80% of their annual budget from the "program" of having girls as young as 5 and in kindergarten sell cookies. In fact, the younger the troop the better return the Councils make since the littlest girls don't do long trips, don't camp overnight, and don't require as much in programming resources as the older Girl Scouts do.

If you want to buy Girl Scout cookies, buy them from the older Girl Scouts, the teens in tan, that want to use the pittance of troop profit (up to $0.65 a box) to complete service projects in the community, go to trainings (to be of more service), to travel to international camps and events and oh yea, to go camping. We have to go further to find camps since so many of the Girl Scout Councils are either selling them off, or book them out to outside groups.

Ygrill
Ygrill

What makes the Girl Scout Samoas sooooo good is having to wait 1 year for them. It's the anticipation.

Julia
Julia

it's about more than cookies folks, cookie sales fund a large majority of the girl scouts' annual budget. If you've ever been a scout, or known one, and seen firsthand how the organization helps girls become confident leaders, don't buy cookie knockoffs!

lisa c.
lisa c.

I need to find these thin mints ripoffs, now!

Kpn2news
Kpn2news

And to think Kroger in the Atlanta area has these cookies priced at $3.19 and they are BUY ONE GET ONE FREE. Cheaper price, same delicious cookies.

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