Make It Yourself With Top Secret Recipes

If you’re looking for a way to make a cherry Slurpee in your own kitchen, Lifehacker may have found the answer. It’s called “Top Secret Recipes” and it has recipes for everything from Applebee’s to, yes, Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies.

Most of the recipes will cost you (there’s also a book), but some of them are free, including the Thin Mints!

Top Secret Recipes [via Lifehacker]

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  1. junkmail says:

    I used to love this site! It disappeared for awhile, so it’s good to see it back.

  2. kaycee says:

    Well, but most of the recipes are not going to taste just like your favorites. Restaurants and food manufacturers use flavors and other additives that we don’t have access to. Eric Schlosser (author of Fast Food Nation) wrote a revealing article for Atlantic Monthly in 2001, titled “Why McDonald’s Fries Taste So Good,” in which he explained this. He was given limited access to the test kitchens of International Flavors and Fragrances, which he said was the world’s second-largest flavor company. This article used to be on AM’s web site, but isn’t now (I still have a copy of it).

    The company makes flavorings for many companies, although they wouldn’t reveal which ones, but those “natural” flavorings (a misnomer) are one of the reasons why we can’t make foods that taste the same, even a simple hamburger.

    That doesn’t mean the recipes won’t taste good – their version of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana is quite good.

  3. MeanPeopleSuck says:

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but I tried the Thin Mints recipe a little while back. They tasted okay, but nothing like the originals.

  4. faust1200 says:

    Ya you need real girl-scout zest to make those cookies correctly. Just any prepubescent girl doesn’t suffice.

  5. TVarmy says:

    I hate that this is a pay site. Someone should set up a free wiki, ala wikihow for copy-cat recipes. Someone who isn’t me.