Is the Girl Scout Cookie Oven a worthwhile purchase? Zoe’s answer was an emphatic “Yes!”
The top of the oven has a recessed area that can be used to melt chocolate. Zoe was making Thin Mints, so we had the perfect opportunity to put it to the test. Unfortunately, it was a total failure. Even after 15 minutes, the chocolate chips still weren’t melting. We had to put the tray in the oven to finish the job, which the manufacturer does not recommend.
No, we’re not talking about Christmas. We’re talking about Girl Scouts Cookie season, that most glorious time when we gorge ourselves on as many boxes of Thin Mints and Samoas we can carry.
We needed to find the right expert for the job, and who better than a member of the oven’s target demographic? That’s why we asked our littlest tester, Zoe, to come to our labs and take the oven for a spin.
Aside from the oven itself, the package includes a tiny cookie sheet, a spatula, and a syringe for measuring water. There’s an LED light to indicate that the oven is on, but it’s almost impossible to see in any kind of well-lit room—you’re better off relying on the on/off switch, instead.
After mixing, you place the batter on the greased pan and insert it into the side of the oven. A slider around front moves the pan from the opening into oven. When baking is finished, the same slider moves the tray back out, and you can grab it with the included spatula.
So how do the cookies taste? Well, the bad news is that the finished product is unlikely to replace the originals anytime soon. But that being said, they weren’t bad at all. The Thin Mints Zoe baked were slightly spongy, but they tasted pretty darn good. Most importantly, Zoe was a big fan—in the end, that’s all that matters.
But the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) have put such a tight leash on distribution that a vibrant cottage industry of unofficial online resellers has cropped up to fill the cookie-shaped void in the off-season. Short of contributing to this nefarious black market, what’s a cookie enthusiast supposed to do for the rest of the year?
Wicked Cool Toys has a solution: a toy oven that allows kids (and, yes, adults) to bake their own versions of the cookies at home. Are they anything like the boxed versions? Nah, not really. Do you still get a naughty thrill from bypassing the official GSUSA schedule? Heck yeah you do.
The Girl Scouts Cookie Oven from Wicked Cool Toys is every Thin Mint fan's dream, but can it deliver on its promise?
But two years ago, I passed that six-week waiting period, and no cookies. Not even a word of cookies. I frantically emailed the email chain in which orders were placed, filled with GIFs of panic, “Has ANYONE gotten their cookies yet?!” Another week went by and I sulked in my Thin-Mint-less existence.
The guide walks you through baking the cookies—from preheating the oven, to using “The Perfect Cookie” mL measuring tool to add the right amount of water to the mix (which, thank goodness, because if you guys didn’t know, I’m absolutely terrible at guessing amounts when baking). The pack makes about six cookies when all is said and done. It then takes kids through the process of safely baking the cookies—which only takes about 8 to 9 minutes. When they’re done, you use the cookie controller on the outside to move them into a cooling chamber, so no little hands are reaching into a hot oven. Kids can then take the necessary steps to go make the Thin Mint coating, decorate, and enjoy!
Using relatively the same technology as other ovens on the market, the Girl Scouts Cookie Oven lets kids—or 25-year-old adults—cook up their very own Girl Scout Cookies any time of the year, from the comfort of their own home. Hooray!
You’ll also need a few things from your kitchen, but most of it you probably already have lying around: baking spray, a spoon, a butter or plastic knife, a small mixing bowl, wax paper, a plate, a cup and some water, a timer, an oven mitt (safety!), and a fridge.
We can take fate into our own hands, and make them ourselves.
One time—two years ago to be exact—I ordered some Girl Scout cookies from a friend’s co-worker. I realize this was my first mistake, seeing as I was three degrees from the cookies themselves, and had no direct contact with the girl in question, no résumé of past sales performance, no references or reviews from customers of the past. It was an amateur move—and yes, dear readers, I paid the price.
And now, thanks to Wicked Cool Toys, I will no longer have to suffer through dark, dark, Girl-Scout-Cookie-less days.
September 7, 2015
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