Alongside the return of Pumpkin Spice Oreos, yet another Limited Edition variety showed up on the junk food radar - Toasted Coconut Oreos. I'm intrigued by the idea for this flavor and also by when they decided to release it, sandwiched in between two undeniably fall flavors (the other being Caramel Apple).
Regardless, I love me some coconut in any shape or form, so I did not hesitate to toss these into my shopping cart as soon as I saw the picture of a giant piece of coconut cream cake on the package.
When I cracked open the package, still mourning the loss of the self-adhesive pull flap on the top of the package, my scent receptors were filled with the aroma of coconut cake. I'm serious. The Golden Oreo cookie added the buttery vanilla notes while the creamy filling and toasty coconut smell made me want to bust out my cake pans and piping bags. In short, these smelled crazy good.
As far as I know, this is the first time that Oreo has added lil' bits of something into the cream filling. What's even better is that the ingredients list actually contains dried coconut. Sure, there's the usual "artificial and natural flavorings" and that kinda thing, but there's an actual recognizable ingredient here: dried coconut. Score!
Next I tried the filling by itself. The dried coconut shreds are surprisingly un-coconutty in texture. They melt in your mouth right along with the filling. How do they do that?? It's a mystery, but for those out there that aren't a fan of the chewy texture of coconut flesh (I LOVE IT!) you can have no fear! As for the taste when cookie and filling are eaten together, Nabisco really nailed this one. There's no weird chemically undertones to the flavor here - it literally tastes like biting into a macaroon or fluffy coconut cake... except it's crunchy.
Gotta say, these Toasted Coconut Oreos just skyrocketed into my top 3 favorite Limited Edition Oreo flavors, sitting firmly in the #2 spot just beneath the reigning Red Velvet Oreos. If you can still get your hands on these, they are definitely worthy of a purchase. Good job, Oreo. Good job.
Where to find: These appeared and disappeared quickly, but the only place I saw them in my neck of the woods (Knoxville, TN) was at Food City.