All right, Nabisco, now you've gone and done it. You've been churning out new limited edition Oreo flavors so fast that we can barely finish one package before another one is being announced. To be honest, you've had some winners. The Pumpkin Spice and Red Velvet varieties deserve eternal spots in the Oreo Hall of Fame, but you've really raised the bar with the latest Kroger-exclusive addition to the line of limited edition flavors: Oreo-flavored Oreos.
Cookies & Creme Oreos showed up in Krogers across the nation a few weeks ago. Before seeing them or tasting them I tried to come up with ways that these might not taste like a traditional Oreo. Maybe we'd get a dark chocolate cookie? Maybe a different kind of creme filling with more of a pronounced vanilla flavor? Maybe even a Golden Oreo cookie dotted with chocolate chips?
My hopes weren't as high as my curiosity as I nabbed a package of these to give 'em a try, so let's rip into them and see what we've got.
When I cracked open the package I did what I normally do when reviewing a new flavor: I lowered my nose and took a big sniff. I smelled... Oreos. Just regular ole Oreos. Certainly not a bad smell, that signature chocolate cookie aroma mingling with the sugary sweet creme filling, but c'mon, this is a limited edition flavor. The people want something new, something exciting! Ah well, on with the show...
Call me crazy, but I'm convinced that Oreos come with varying amounts of filling depending on the flavor. Now I'm not talking about Double Stuf vs. brand spankin' new Oreo Thins, I'm talking about the amount of filling in the regular Oreo cookies. Cookies & Creme Oreos definitely don't skimp on the filling - you can even see a little line of bifurcation down the middle, perhaps indicating the maybe these cookies got a double pump of cream on their way through the production line.
So let's talk about the filling. It appears to be a regular Oreo creme filling with teensy bits of crushed Oreo cookies mixed right in. I took a little bite of the creme by itself and found that it tastes exactly like it looks - regular Oreo filling with teensy bits of crushed Oreo cookies. I re-assembled the cookie and took a bite of the whole thing and got nothin' except the expected taste of an original Oreo.
Try as I did to find something new or interesting about Cookies & Creme Oreo, I have to say that these are a product of packaging and marketing and nothing more so congrats to the food marketing agency in charge of launching this product. Since they are also being packaged in the smaller containers typical of the limited edition flavor, I see no reason to not buy the larger package of regular ole Oreos.
But don't despair, fellow Oreo fans, for there is hope! I have a package of the new Key Lime Pie Oreos sitting in my pantry right now and I'm excited to talk about that one in a post next week. Stay tuned!
Where to buy Cookies & Creme Oreos: Found only at Kroger grocery stores.