Let’s talk about deLite. Our best guess is that it’s a fun, shortened version of delight. Since these cookies are the second best-sellers on the Girl Scout roster, we can probably all agree that they’re just delightful to eat. Interestingly, de is a word that means from in French, Spanish, and Portuguese. You’ll sometimes see it in names like Don Ricardo de Aragón. Lite is used in a lot of product names as a stylized version of light (think lite beer). As for caramel, it’s “a liquid made by cooking sugar until it changes color, used for coloring and flavoring food.” The word itself comes from a Medieval Latin word (cannamella), which came from the words for sugar cane (canna) and honey (mel).
But maybe they’re called Samoas in your region. Why that name? No one’s really sure. Some speculate that it’s connected to the country of Samoa, which produces a lot of coconuts, coconut cream, and coconut oil. Those who follow this theory see a connection between the island nation and the toasted coconut topping on the cookie. Others suggest it’s also a fun play on “some more.”