It's Girl Scout Cookie season, and this time of year always makes me wonder if my taste buds are broken. When people talk about Girl Scout cookies, it seems pretty clear that to a large faction of people, "buying Girl Scout cookies" is just another way of saying "buying Thin Mints." Apparently, Thin Mints are by far the most popular type of Girl Scout cookie sold, making up about a quarter of their total sales. And this preference for mint and chocolate together doesn't end at Girl Scout cookies. According to a 2012 survey by the International Dairy Foods Association, mint chocolate chip ice cream is the 2nd most popular flavor of ice cream sold after vanilla (tied with cookies and cream).
So, I like Thin Mints. I like York Peppermint Patties. Junior Mints can be very refreshing. But even so, the combination of mint and chocolate ranks pretty far down the list of my favorite chocolate combinations. For me, nothing can come close to touching chocolate and salted caramel together. Chocolate and peanut butter comes next. Then chocolate and raspberry cream or ganache. Then finally, chocolate and mint, right about equal with the chocolate and coffee combination. I mean, I'm not saying chocolate and mint doesn't taste really good, it's just not the combination I would pick first or second or even third. So are my taste buds broken or what? Are there others like me?