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Alert: Girl Scout Cookies Differ Depending on Where You Live

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There are only two bakeries in the United States contracted to make those most delicious of fundraiser foods, the Girl Scout cookie. Each Girl Scout council can choose which vendor it wants to use for its cookies—ABC Girl Scout Cookie Bakers or Little Brownie Bakers

The thing is, the two companies don’t use exactly the same recipes. Depending on which Girl Scout jurisdiction you’re living in, your Thin Mints or Samoas might not be the same as someone in a different council jurisdiction say, 30 minutes away. Some Thin Mints are crunchier than others, and the names of the cookies vary, too. Cookie lovers in Orlando, Florida buy ABC Bakers’s Caramel deLites, while buyers in nearby Tampa enjoy Little Brownie Bakers’s Samoas.

The good cookie experts at the Los Angeles Times have broken down the exact differences between the two bakeries’ cookies (and importantly, how they taste) in a helpful graphic. The interactive map will even tell you whose cookies you’re eating. Check it out here. Knowledge is power. 

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You’ve Been Eating Corn on the Cob All Wrong
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Corn on the cob is a staple at most American backyard barbecues. But the way we consume it leaves much room for improvement, according to a recent viral Tweet. As Buzzfeed reports, a Twitter user from Japan has revealed an alternative way to eat corn that leaves less of it on the cob and in your teeth.

He claims to have discovered the hack after moving to Hokkaido. There, corn lovers apparently remove each kernel from the cob by hand. To follow their example, you start by cooking an ear of corn and digging out the kernels from one row with your fingers. After the messy part is over, you have room to break off entire lines of corn at once by laying your thumb on a row and bending it towards the empty space.

This method requires a bit more effort than simply eating corn off the cob with your teeth, but if you want to make the most of your meal it’s well worth it. Here’s what a cob looks like when all the corn has been picked off the Hokkaido way.

Looking for more life-changing food hacks? Here are more foods you may be eating wrong and the right ways to tackle them.

[h/t Buzzfeed]

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What's the Difference Between Vanilla and French Vanilla Ice Cream?
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While you’re browsing the ice cream aisle, you may find yourself wondering, “What’s so French about French vanilla?” The name may sound a little fancier than just plain ol’ “vanilla,” but it has nothing to do with the origin of the vanilla itself. (Vanilla is a tropical plant that grows near the equator.)

The difference comes down to eggs, as The Kitchn explains. You may have already noticed that French vanilla ice cream tends to have a slightly yellow coloring, while plain vanilla ice cream is more white. That’s because the base of French vanilla ice cream has egg yolks added to it.

The eggs give French vanilla ice cream both a smoother consistency and that subtle yellow color. The taste is a little richer and a little more complex than a regular vanilla, which is made with just milk and cream and is sometimes called “Philadelphia-style vanilla” ice cream.

In an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered in 2010—when Baskin-Robbins decided to eliminate French Vanilla from its ice cream lineup—ice cream industry consultant Bruce Tharp noted that French vanilla ice cream may date back to at least colonial times, when Thomas Jefferson and George Washington both used ice cream recipes that included egg yolks.

Jefferson likely acquired his taste for ice cream during the time he spent in France, and served it to his White House guests several times. His family’s ice cream recipe—which calls for six egg yolks per quart of cream—seems to have originated with his French butler.

But everyone already knew to trust the French with their dairy products, right?

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