Charlotte McCourt, 11, has sold more than 15,300 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and counting thanks to a letter she wrote rating each cookie and describing their respective flaws. Charlotte, a sixth-grader in New Jersey, reviewed the Toffee-tastic cookie this way: “The Toffee-tastic is a bleak, flavorless, gluten free wasteland … it’s as flavorless as dirt.” Charlotte wrote the letter to a family friend in Colorado. The letter ended up online.
Charlotte rated each of the Girl Scout’s famous cookies on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. The Thin Mint earned a “9” for its “inspired” combination of chocolate and mint. The Do-si-dos peanut butter sandwich cookie earned a “5” for “its unoriginality and its blandness,” while the Savannah Smiles earned a “7” for its “divine taste.” She wrote: “If you have a wild sense of adventure, try the S’mores. Full disclosure, I have not tried the S’mores so I cannot rate it in good conscience.” Charlotte’s letter gained a global audience when TV personality Mike Rowe read it aloud in a video posted to his Facebook page. Rowe — taking a jab at the election and the White House — said: “In an age of fake news and dubious claims, leave it to a Girl Scout to show us the real value of truth in advertising.”