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TIME FOR MUNCH MADNESS

March Madness doesn't start for a couple of weeks, but who needs basketball when we've got other round objects to obsess about: Girl Scout cookies. The scouts are selling and delivering the classic cookies this weekend. The question is, which of these cookies reigns supreme? We set up a tourney-style bracket at food.tampabay.com. Log on and cast your vote. And, um, pass the Thin Mints. - tbt*

Thin Mints

Description: Dark chocolate-coated minty cookie

Stats: Each has 38 calories and 1.8 grams of fat.

Interesting ingredient: Oil of peppermint.

Fun fact: Thin Mints account for 26 percent of all Girl Scout cookies sold.

What we like: You can fit four at a time in your mouth and after they're gone, you have a minty fresh feeling.

What we don't like: That we never order enough.

Lemon Chalet Cremes

Description: Lemon sandwich cookie

Stats: Each has 80 calories and 3 grams of fat.

Interesting ingredient: Annatto color, which was used to represent fire, sun and blood in early American Indian civilizations. Who knew?

Fun fact: They feature a design of the 76-year-old Our Chalet in Switzerland, one of four Girl Scout world centers.

What we like: Intense lemon flavor in an intricately designed cookie.

What we don't like: The lemony aftertaste. Yuck!

Tagalongs

Description: Cookie base topped by peanut butter, coated in milk chocolate

Stats: Each has 75 calories and 5 grams of fat.

Interesting ingredient: Thiamine mono nitrate. Huh? At least it has protein.

Fun fact: Tagalongs take 230,000 pounds of peanut butter per week to make.

What we like: It's like a crunchy Reese's Cup. And there's the happy feeling of having Tagalong peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.

What we don't like: There aren't enough in the box.

All Abouts

Description: Vanilla cookie with chocolate accent

Stats: Each has 30 calories and 1.4 grams of fat.

Interesting ingredient: Niacin.

Fun fact: Each cookie features a word tied to the Girl Scouts' core missions: Courage, Confidence, Character...

What we like: It's like the younger, bolder, more chocolatey sister to the Trefoil.

What we don't like: Inspirational messages such as "courage'' are a little puzzling on a cookie.

Do-Si-Dos

Description: Peanut butter sandwich cookie

Stats: Each has 55 calories and 2.5 grams of fat.

Interesting ingredient: Invert sugar.

Fun fact: Creme goes into 2,800 Do-Si-Dos per minute.

What we like: The fact that it's named for a real dance. Can you imagine a cookie that represented the Soulja Boy?

What we don't like: The lack of chocolate's a deal-breaker.

Trefoils

Description: Shortbread cookie in the classic Girl Scout emblem shape

Stats: Each has 30 calories and 1.4 grams of fat.

Interesting ingredient: Buttermilk.

Fun fact: A trefoil is a three-leaf design, but the Trefoil cookie looks more like a four-leaf clover. Other famous trefoils include the Adidas logo and the Klingon emblem. (Nerd alert!)

What we like: The buttery goodness and wholesome design. Plus, Trefoils have the most cookies per box of any Girl Scout variety.

What we don't like: The way the cookie crumbles. However, if the crumbs stay on your shirt, you have a snack for later.

Samoas (or Caramel deLites)

Description: Doughnut-shaped coconut, caramel and chocolate cookie

Stats: Each has 75 calories and 4 grams of fat.

Interesting ingredient: Carrageenan, seaweed extract. Does that count as a vegetable?

Fun fact: The caramel used for Samoas is cooked the old-fashioned way, in copper kettles, to 234 degrees.

What we like: Imagining an island made of coconut and caramel drizzled with chocolate.

What we don't like: Finding out that Southwest Airlines doesn't visit imaginary islands.

Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips

Description: The name says it all.

Stats: Each has 53 calories and 3 grams of fat.

Interesting ingredient: Sorbitol, which can have a laxative effect, the label warns. Ewww!

Fun fact: Dakota Fanning is a Girl Scout, and Celine Dion, Sheryl Crow and Star Jones are former scouts. (This has nothing to do with Sugar Free Chocolate Chips. But come on, there's just nothing interesting to say about them.)

What we like: Clever scouts capitalizing on our guilt for overeating other varieties.

What we don't like: You lost us at sugar-free.

Sources: Foodadditivesworld.com Littlebrowniebakers.com.

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