Girl Scout Says What We're All Thinking in Hilariously Honest Cookie Reviews


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It's the most wonderful time of the year. No, I'm not talking about the holidays -- I'm talking about Girl Scout cookie season. If you're a cookie fan, Girl Scout cookie season is a time to stock up on fresh boxes of Thin Mints and Samoas. But, those of us with Girl Scouts at home know just how much work goes into marketing, selling, and delivering those little rectangular boxes of joy. Selling cookies is no easy task, and that's why one 11-year-old's idea to market her cookies using honest and hilarious flavor reviews is going viral.

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Charlotte McCourt is an 11-year-old Girl Scout who recently found out her dad is friends with former Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe. Hoping to capitalize on her good fortune of having a connection to a wealthy celebrity, McCourt emailed Rowe a letter describing her troop and their cookie offerings. But, before Rowe could reach for his wallet, McCourt wanted to make sure he knew exactly what he was getting.

"I would like to tell you about the cookies themselves," she wrote in her letter. "For some of the descriptions, I am afraid [they] use false advertising."

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McCourt went on to describe each cookie and offer her brutally honest opinions on how they taste. If you've ever eaten or sold a Girl Scout cookie (who hasn't?), you'll totally be on board with what she has to say.

McCourt started with the lemon-flavored Savannah Smiles, which she gave a "7" for "divine flavor." Peanut butter Tagalongs and chocolate Thin Mints also received high marks; she called their flavor combinations "inspired."

Samoas, which are made with chocolate, caramel, and toasted coconut, appeared to be McCourt's favorite. She gave them a score of "9" for "amazing flavor."

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Most would probably agree with her assessment of the top cookie flavors, but her reviews got downright controversial (and utterly hilarious) when she started ranking the cookies she didn't like.

McCourt gave the Do-Si-Dos, a peanut butter sandwich cookie, a "5" for "unoriginality and blandness." For the classic shortbread Trefoils, she wrote, "This is a plain peanut butter cookie that pairs nicely with a hot drink. I give it a 6, because it's kind of boring." It's hard to argue with that.

The brand new S'mores cookie was described as a good choice for someone with "a wild sense of adventure." Added McCourt, "Full disclosure, I have not tried the S'more."

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And finally, her most hated cookie was the Toffee-Tastic, which is a gluten-free option dotted with toffee chips. Of this flavor, McCourt wrote, "The Toffee-tastic is a bleak, flavorless gluten-free wasteland. I'm telling you it's as flavorless as dirt."

Ouch.

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Rowe found McCourt's cookie reviews so hilarious that he posted a video of himself reading them on his Facebook page. The video has since been shared more than 120,000 times, and his fans are clamoring to buy cookies from the little girl's online sales site.

As for McCourt's reaction to all the attention, she tells Today.com she was just trying to be a good salesgirl. "I feel it is important to be honest because you have to get your buyers' trust," she explained. "If you say everything's good, the person is probably going to be skeptical."

Obviously, not every kid has a cool celebrity acquaintance who can buy dozens of boxes of cookies and help her marketing schemes go viral. Still, you can't help but feel inspired by this little girl's unique approach to making the sale. Clearly, she knows a thing or two about getting people to listen to her pitch, and Girl Scout parents might want to take a nod from her unique approach as we're trudging door-to-door this cookie season.

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