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Pejoy – Caramel Macchiato

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So one thing that comes along with being a food blogger, junk food especially is that you tend to stock pile things to write about. If I actually showed you what my stash looked like, I don’t know if I could show my face any more on the internet. Junk food blogging is a rather fast paced hobby – someone is always putting out something new, and its a race to find it on the shelves before it disappears since frequently items are limited edition or just fade away. Occasionally I will buy things that I haven’t seen on anyone’s radar, for the sole purpose of trying them for myself out of curiosity.

I was craving something chocolate – and as I have mentioned before, I frequently do not buy sweets, especially chocolate, because I end up eating it. Totally problematic, right? I was desperate for something chocolatey and sweet, so I dug deep into my stash in hopes that I would find some old Easter candy or maybe a chocolate bar I picked up along the way to try out of curiosity, and surprisingly I came up empty handed, DRATS, nothing.

These caught my eye, and I decided, what the heck, they could possibly fall into the category I was craving… sorta… kinda… maybe I WAS DESPERATE OKAY?! I am not a coffee drinker. At. All. Believe me, I have tried and tried. The idea of it sounds wonderful, and it smells wonderful too, and despite my time as a Starbucks barista, coffee was never my forte. Even as a child, my doctor prescribed me a cup of coffee every day to try and help with my migraines, but no amount of cream and sugar could save me from the gross coffee taste. I am not even sure what possessed me to buy these – probably the New! tucked at the top.

The cookie design might look familiar to you if you have never had a Pejoy as they are made by Glico, the same company that makes the oh-so-delicious Pocky. Pejoy is best described I think as inside out Pocky. They are a biscuit stick that has the filling on the inside. Prior to these, I have only ever had the cookies and cream version, which were quite tasty.

I will admit, I was apprehensive about eating these as the coffee smell was very strong when I opened the package. I threw caution to the wind and decided to go for it and was pleasantly surprised, as they didn’t really taste like coffee at all. The buttery flavor of the biscuit mixed with the strong flavor of caramel really stood in front of the coffee flavor. It is hard for me to describe the flavor of coffee because like I said, its not my jam, but it definitely deepened the flavor profile of the cookie.. stick… treat? While these were no chocolate, they did a good job of taking its place in a pinch.

Overall I would probably buy these again as I really enjoyed the snap of the biscuit and the caramel flavor. There is also only one way to eat them, just like Pocky, take a million tiny bites at a time. You probably won’t find these on your local store shelves – check out your local Asian market to see if they have them in the sweets aisle.

Found at Oto’s Marketplace

September 14, 2020
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Fudge Stripes Cookies Strawberry Shortcake

Okay, so. I really love Fudge Stripe Cookies. They’re my mid-year cookie of choice when I finally get another pang for Girl Scout Thin Mints and it isn’t knee-deep in freezing February anymore. I like both cold, freezing cold, straight out of the freezer. And so, when I picked these up, I knew I’d be eating them cold too. Mostly. To be fair, for review purposes, I did eat these straight from the container at room temperature.

And these are pretty great. The cookie is crispity, crunchity shortbread coated with the eponymous fudge stripes, only now, instead of chocolately brown, they’re pastel pink. And in some places, pale pastel pink to almost white. There’s an odd disarray and discoloration of the fudge stripes on some of these. Any three can be varying shades of pink, and I’m not sure if that’s on purpose.

The chocolate fudge is also now more like a snack cake icing, though without the witchery involved in making it non-pliable even at warm temperatures. My room runs hotter than most because I get cold a bit easily and running lights for photography amplifies that. The pink icing was melty out of the packaging at 76F.

The inclusion of ingredients that include both palm oil and whey give this an odd, milky, creaminess at times that my tongue fights against. It’s a hazard of eating modern sweets. Palm oil is everywhere and in everything, and sometimes, it hits my stomach wrong. Other than the new, artificial taste of the icing, do they taste like strawberry shortcake? Yes… and no. The cookie is shortcake, no contest, but the icing stripes and the coated back are almost there. There’s a taste to it that yes, is creamy, and yes, is strawberry, but it misses that unctuous, drippy, jammy quality of well, jam.

But it’s a mass produced cookie from Keebler. Am I mad? No. Will I finish the pack? Yes, absolutely, of course. Fresh out of the freezer alongside an ounce of limeade mixed with some sparkling water on ice. It’s summer, and this, this is a light, sweet, delicious, beautiful summer cookie.

And so, to us, a toast. Let’s happily destroy our beach bods together, yeah? Cheers.

Found at Publix Super Market.

August 12, 2020
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Trader Joe’s Cranberry & White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Over the past couple of years, there have been some changes to Trader Joe’s items. Selection for bakery items has always been seasonal, for sure, with half loaves of breads available in New York stores and great San Francisco sourdough only available in California. As bread becomes a less popular staple in some cities, the company has pulled some of its lines and subsequently the baguettes, rolls and ubiquitous pretzel rolls(RIP sweet prince), but in their place, more versatile offerings have appeared. There are several gluten free breads, bagels and desserts at my regular stop now, and for non-sensitive and non-celiac customers the company has seemed to go all in on a few choice favorites rather than stick to experimenting. Vegan banana bread, pancake bread and the new line of boxed, bakery-side fresh cookies are keepers. While not all offerings are amazing(looking at you Pearl Sugar Cookies), some are better than they have any right to be.

Trader Joe’s Cranberry & White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies feel like I was made to try them. To poke fun at ourselves here, Erin isn’t too hot on white chocolate and I like to pretend that it wasn’t my wit and tastebud expertise that the lovely lady brought me on for, but my willingness to subject myself to any and all white chocolate offerings. Alternatively, these cookies were made for me: I was the kid that loved raisins and saw the little red boxes that made their appearances on Halloween as a treat: dried cranberries are their grown up cousins. I was the kid that looked forward to dollar store oatmeal cookies because they had that high fructose white icing and stiff, crisp crunch. Granny didn’t eat them, but she did buy them for the grandkids.

These are bendable, pliable, soft cookies stacked into a cardboard box with a plastic window to peep them through. You can taste the oats and brown sugar immediately, a hint of cinnamon, the weight of butter and oil. The oats on top are crunchy and craggy, the ones below soft and more texturally intact. Some are circular, some are a little oblong, but they’re all jam-packed with dried sweetened cranberries and chunks of white chocolate that remain solid and toothsome until cracked into. Perfection. Heaven. A way to ensure that I definitely will snack myself into a sugar-induced coma.

The other types, Pearl Sugar and Chocolate Chip, simply don’t compare to something done so well. On another pro note, while there is palm oil in these cookies through the margarine used, the white chocolate does not include it, leading to a flavor that isn’t so creamy and is more of a crunchy surprise suspended mid-brown sugar and cinnamon.

Simply delightful.

Found at Trader Joe’s.

August 1, 2020
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Trader Joe’s Joe-Joe Slims

I don’t know when, but at some point in my recent life I swore off Oreos. Now, don’t get me wrong, Oreos are great, Oreos are life. But when you’re in your thirties and you need to make a decision between a couple of cookies for a big calorie count and maybe just not having them, we know what wins. …and then you’re eating half the pack of Double Stuf telling yourself “just this once” yet another time. No. Nope. Swore off Oreos.

But then, I was in Trader Joe’s, Land of the Snack, Home of the Mandarin Orange Chicken. At my local Joe’s, the cookies and candy are stocked above their frozen goods, except when the crackers used to be, but this year they extended the cookies on one side and the candy on the other. Over time, it seems like their Joe Joe Collection(the really delicious knock-off Oreos) have been gaining more and more flavors. They have vanilla, mango, neopolitan and even a gluten free version(NO. DO NOT. THEY ARE DISGUSTING.). And now. Now they have slims. Joe-Joe Slims.

The fun, white box of the Slims decorated with brown lettering.

…sometimes we crave things we shouldn’t have, and have told ourselves we weren’t going to eat anymore. Chocolate Coconut Almonds, Oreos, Coke. And it’s easy enough not to buy those items, but something about the time, the place, the white box and cute, fun– I bought them.

Trader Joe’s Joe-Joe Slims come in a fun white box with cute lettering and a plastic sleeve with two rows of cookies. They look delicious, and despite being stacked like maybe the crew member doing the work really wanted to empty that box, none were broken.

A stack of delicious Joe-Joe Slims.

The slims are majority chocolate cookie with a very thin layer of white creme in the middle. The chocolate cookie disks are so thin it seems like somebody took a normal Joe Joe, sliced it in two, squeezed the bare minimum of creme inside and slapped it back together. Kinda like filling your parent’s liquor back up with water when you were a teenager.

Unlike watered down vodka, these cookies taste great. Although light on creme, the chocolate cookies themselves are amazing. Good snap, minimal crumble. They feel almost yesterday-made and today-ready, with such a toothsome feel and response, it’s hard to say that maybe they weren’t. That maybe, just maybe, somebody made them, let them cool, and packed them up yesterday, just for me.

They’re magical.

Found at Trader Joe’s.

July 22, 2020
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Oreo – #myoreocreation – Cherry Cola

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Good Morning Friends!

One thing about constantly being on the chase for the next best snack food is that things often fall behind in your stash, ESPECIALLY if they are not memorable. I would post a picture of my current hoard, but truth be told, it is really embarrassing. Like REALLY embarrassing.

I totally forgot about the last two flavors of the #myoreocreation release until an ad to vote popped up on my Instagram yesterday. Ohhh yeahhhhhh… I have those Oreos sitting at home.

I haven’t had a soda since 2005. I quit cold turkey March 3rd of that year after convincing myself that I was going to get type 2 diabetes from the insane amount of delicious room temperature Dr. Pepper that I had been consuming. It was during the height of my MMO addiction (FFXI for those who care) and could drink down the stuff without realizing how much I was actually consuming because my mind was preoccupied with running through Vana’diel, Mithra tail wagging.

Cherry flavored anything for the most part elicits mental images of cough syrup. There is something about the flavor that just does not translate well unless they are fresh cherries. At what point did big pharma decide that grape and cherry were going to be the universal “fruit” flavors for medicine? Though on the flip side, sometimes when I am with someone that still drinks soda, they seem SO PUMPED to find that where ever we are carries Cherry _________. No thanks!

The one thing that I found exciting about these Oreos were that they brought back the popping candy. How do they get it into an item that contains moisture without them popping?! For those not familiar, Oreo introduced the popping candy last year with the Fireworks Oreos (which are back in stores this year) which I thought was a fun gimmick. These Oreos do suffer from one affliction that I know I have complained about a few times. WHY DON’T THEY SWIRL THE CREAM? I hate the half and half blob. While I am of the camp that twists open the Oreo and eats the cream, if you were to enjoy them the intended way you very well may only get half of the flavor. MIX THE TWO TOGETHER.

These smell like a crisp cherry cola, but the flavor… wow the flavor. Not great. Maybe it’s the artificial cherry, maybe it’s that they decided to go with a chocolate cookie instead of a golden cookie (the biggest atrocity here), but the flavors just do not jive. The popping candies are fun so if you’re into that sort of thing – you might like it. Do yourself a favor, buy these, buy a package of golden Oreos, scrape the cream off the Cherry Cola Oreo onto the golden Oreo and then enjoy. I am sure, nay POSITIVE, that this will be a way better tasting experience than what I had. Also are you supposed to dunk these in milk? Cherry Cola Milk. Yeah. No.

Overall these are not my favorite thing in the world. The chocolate cookie portion is the unforgivable sin in this mix that really ruins the whole thing. If you like cola flavored things you might like these, but just eat the cream and toss the cookie part.

May 20, 2018
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Oreo – #myoreocreation – Kettle Corn

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Top of the Monday to you! How is it already Monday. I swear the week drags and then the weekend hits some sort of light speed and wizzes by faster than anything I have ever experienced. The winners of the Oreo #myoreocreation were announced and sprinkled into stores this week, so you know I had to go and try to swoop them up. As of this moment the Pina Colada flavor eludes me, but I will find you. The other piece of this trio is a Cherry Cola treat with popping candy. I figured I would start with what I considered the one that I would like the most. Why save the best for last when you can eat the best first.

Overall, I think the three winning flavors are a bit… safe? Oreo has really been hitting the flavor game hard the last few years, so from a junk foodie standpoint I can really appreciate that, but why not choose something a little more bold? Eh, I digress.

So, kettle corn. Deliciously sweet and salty treat best served straight from the popper at your local fair or flea market. I have a flea market by my house that makes INCREDIBLE kettle corn. I literally could and have eaten bags of that stuff like my life depended on it. My body however does not really like the idea of popcorn, so I tend to only subject myself to it in dark movie theaters or the occasional bag here and there. The idea of eating popcorn/kettle corn without the pesky husks getting stuck in my teeth though seemed like heaven on Earth.

I like the idea of adding something to the creme that brings the crunch factor that simulates eating popcorn, but for some reason, my brain has cemented the word millet next to bird food forever. While I logically know that we eat all kinds of foods that other animals eat, especially in different forms, my brain says to me “Yo, those Oreos have bird food in them.” Couldn’t we have called it puffed cereal or grains or something?

You might notice that the picture backgrounds have changed – or maybe not – and that is because of course I am enjoying this treat at work. Started from my office now we’re here. That was a Drake reference. And by here I mean my other desk. I like to enjoy my Oreo cookies as two separate entities. Twist of the plain cookie, eat that, eat the creme, and then eat the other cookie. For the sake of research, I ate a whole one as intended as well – fully sandwiched together. The smell when you first open the tray is overwhelmingly kettle corn at its finest. DELICIOUS and if I could smell like this, I would.

Upon first bite, I was treated to what to me seemed more like caramel corn than kettle corn. It missed that slight salty hint and had a more buttery flavor like caramel than sugary sweet and salty kettle corn. I also though the millet, while giving it an interesting texture seemed a little soggy to me? Not wet, but not overly crunchy, more chewy. While I dig that they were going for a texture element, I wish they would have gone the route of the crunchiness of the Marshmallow Treat flavor they did a while back.

These weren’t bad – but also weren’t entirely exciting. I feel like many Oreos existed before these that have a similar flavor profile. If I couldn’t find these locally, I would not feel like I really missed out. These are pretty middle of the road for me. I will probably eat more of the package, but I wouldn’t hoard them in my office away from my coworkers either.

Found at Walmart

April 30, 2018
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Krispy Kreme – Limited Time – Nutter Butter Donut & Chips Ahoy Donut

Good Morning everyone! Soooo… does anyone really enjoy going to meetings? When I started working many moons ago I discovered that meetings are the voicemail of office work. JUST TEXT ME THE DETAILS. The only good part about meetings are that they occasionally have food. I was tasked with procuring said food, mostly because I am the first person to the office every day and I have a company credit card (ayyyyye). Donuts were requested and the closest (and only?) donut shop to my work is a Krispy Kreme. I prefer Krispy Kreme’s sour cream donuts to their original glazed, but that’s just me.

I grabbed a dozen and one of the Nutter Butter donuts for myself, because let’s face it, peanut butter ANYTHING is probably going to be delicious – unless you are allergic, then deadly. BUT ANYWAYS. I dropped off the donuts in the conference room and retreated to my office to enjoy my tasty breakfast snack.

Let’s just start with that this donut was smaller than I thought it was going to be – but that was OK, I don’t need a donut the size of Texas to start my day. According to Krispy Kreme, this donut is dipped in peanut butter icing, topped with Nutter Butter crumbles, and drizzled with peanut butter icing. This sounds like a peanut butter lovers dream – except I was somehow completely underwhelmed with peanut butter flavoring. I liked the pieces on top, which gave it a nice bit of texture but overall this was hardly peanut buttery at all. I think they really could have knocked it out of the park if they had oped for a peanut butter flavored cream instead of peanut butter flavored glaze. I would totally pass on this donut again.

Fast forward roughly 7 hours and I have been running around back and forth from my office to my other desk in our 14,000 square foot warehouse – completely ignoring the hunger pangs that have been plaguing me all day since my Nutter Butter let down donut. I didn’t really have time to run out and grab something to eat and I remembered that there was nearly a full box of untouched donuts sitting in the conference room. I made the trek up the front of the building and grabbed the box, presenting it to my coworkers like some sort of donut deity and slyly took another donut for lunch. Do I need two donuts in one day? No. Did I eat two donuts in one day? Yes. Am I proud of it? In the immediate moment, yes in the long term, no. Introducing the Chips Ahoy chocolate chips donut. Doughnut?

Needless to say I was starving judging by this picture because I took a big ole bite before giving it a proper introduction. I will be the first to admit that Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies are pretty hit and miss for me. Sometimes i am really into them, other times they are a paltry attempt at satisfying a craving for fresh baked cookies. I was concerned that the cookie on top would break my two front teeth but it turns out, that baby is a soft bake. Nice job guys. I found this donut rather delicious. The cookie dough cream on the inside with the dark chocolate and cookie on top really hit the spot. I would definitely eat one of these again.

The only donut of the limited time trio that I did not get to try was the Oreo cookies and cream, but let’s be real – I think we can imagine what that bad boy tastes like and the only people that wanted that donut were the people that voted for the cookies and cream Oreos that were released a while back.

April 23, 2018
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Oreos – Limited Edition – Firework

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If any snack food had to be chosen that has been going completely crazy with new flavors (minus ice cream, because we know Halo Top has been going wild) Nabisco/Oreo could take the cake cookie. I had mixed feelings when I heard that they were launching these Firework Oreos because how do popping candies work in a solid creme filling?

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I am of the Oreo camp that likes to twist open the cookie and eat the creme then the cookie pieces. While I totally see why others are on the other side of the fence (some flavors are best enjoyed as a full bite) I feel like the only way to enjoy this cookie is by eating the creme separately. In fact I feel like the best way to enjoy the popping candy is to eat the creme in teeny tiny little baby bites because other than that, it’s just crunchy bland flavored creme.

As crazy as this sounds, I think I would have enjoyed this flavor with golden cookies vs the standard chocolate. I feel a bit like a traitor saying that, but it’s true. Overall this cookie is pretty middle of the road for me. I would have liked to have more popping candy action, and a more distinct flavor. If I were to pick up Oreos again, I would just grab a package of the ole classic standby, not to mention this package is smaller than the standard size but still the same price. Womp Womp.

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Found at Walmart

May 11, 2017
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Oreo Cookies – Limited Edition – Caramel Apple

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Oreo week lives on (I actually bumped the review that I had planned on posting today until later so that I could talk about these Oreos!)! Caramel Apple? What? What? You can tell the fall season is starting to creep in when you start spotting things like caramel apple flavored things, pumpkin spice, etc. and color me excited. Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year and sadly here in my neck of the woods in California we don’t really get much fall, maybe a few weeks.

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So I am kind of curious how Nabisco is deciding what flavors to make, because lately they have been churning out everything between cookie dough, to limeade, to banana split, and I don’t really see a train of thought here. My next hope is that they make a pumpkin spice Oreo. If they do it right, I might just die right now. Mmmmm… I’m having a Homer Simpson moment. In the grand scheme of flavors when it comes to sweets, apple is probably one of my least favorites – and what I dislike even more is when I am fooled into thinking a green candy is going to be lime (my favorite), and it is indeed apple. YUCK. On the flip side of this, I really love caramel. I rarely eat it, I think because I have a subconscious aversion due to the copious amounts of fillings I have, but it is hands down one of my favorite sweets.

Nabisco pulls the same set up that I hate, which is a half and half creme filling. If I bite into one side, I’ll get all caramel, if I bite into the other, I will get all apple – can’t a girl just get a swirl in the middle? Jeez! Other than my disappointment from the 50/50 split, these cookies are actually rather good. Who knew!? The apple flavoring does not taste overly artificial and the caramel is buttery and complimentary. I think that the apple flavoring is missing the crisp fresh taste that you expect from an apple, but I think Nabisco did a good job of getting the flavor right.

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Texture: 3/5 – Run of the mill Oreo – the creme is… creamy… and the cookies are fresh and crunchy.

Smell: 3/5 – Upon smelling the package when I first opened it, I was greeted with the scent of caramel sweetness. At no point did I smell any sort of apple.

Appearance: 3/5 – These Oreos are no frills, they have a half and half glob of flavoring in the middle, but nothing fancy.

Taste: 4/5 – I was honestly surprised I would like these due to my general ambivalence towards apples and apple flavored foods. The overall flavoring is airy and not overbearing. The apple flavoring has a very slight tart undertone that you would expect from a green apple, and the caramel creme is delicious as well. The golden cookie ties the flavors together and gives the crunch factor. I would say that this fall flavor is a success, and I would even consider buying another package.

August 23, 2014
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Oreo Cookies – Limited Edition – Root Beer Float

Good Morning lovelies! How is everyone doing today? I figured since I have done a couple reviews of Oreos this week that we could continue the trend and give the limited edition root beer float Oreos a go. I stopped drinking soda in 2005 – it was really hard, but I honestly couldn’t tell you what a Coke or Pepsi tastes like anymore. The only two flavors that really stick out in my mind are Dr. Pepper (which was my soda of choice back then) and root beer. My favorite root beer to drink was IBC, but it had to be ice cold. Yum! I picked up these Oreos at Safeway and decided to give them a go. I was curious how they were planning on capturing the flavor of root beer without it tasting overly artificial, not to mention it was kind of hard to wrap my brain about an Oreo tasting like a soda.

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Golden Oreos seem to be the thing lately – and I’m kind of impartial to that. Call me a purist I guess, but at the same time there are flavors that were created that would only work with a golden Oreo cookie. When I first opened the package I was definitely greeted with the smell of root beer. My only real complaint lately with all the flavored creme Oreos is that it is two globs that fight for space in the middle of the cookie. To me, this does not seem like an equal bite if you were to bite into the cookie as far is flavor is concerned, why not make it a fancy little swirl so you get the best of both worlds?

I twist open my first Oreo and ate the cream and was surprised at how much like root beer it tasted. Granted, because it is not the soda itself, you miss the fizz but I don’t think the flavor was all that bad. Now what I thought was pretty bad was the aftertaste. I don’t know if its from the mixture of artificial flavors and natural or what is going on but the aftertaste was pretty much horrible. I would liken it to tasting the smell (you know what I mean!) of cat pee. Yep. That bad. So to get rid of the gross aftertaste, I decided to chase it with another one. It was alright, but the creme was more notable versus the root beer flavoring. I kind of want to pop off a couple of chocolate Oreo cookies and give them a try with the root beer creme. Actually. Be right back.

Okay so that was really good. Nabisco, take note, maybe give chocolate a try next time. I feel like the chocolate really complimented the root beer flavor, where as the golden cookie overpowered the flavor, on the flip side, the cookie dough Oreos taste better with a chocolate cookie than the golden. Anywho…

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Texture: 4/5 – These have the texture of a run of the mill Oreo. I’m not sure if it is my brain playing tricks on me, or if there is something in the creme but you get a hint of the tingly fizzy taste on your tongue.

Smell: 4/5 – These Oreos smell more like cream soda than a root beer float. They smell really sweet with a root beer float undertone. Unfortunately I feel that these smell better than they taste.

Appearance: 3/5 – Nothing fancy about these Oreos. They look like you would expect.

Taste: 2.5/5 – These were not the best limited edition Oreos I have tried. Combining them with the chocolate cookie seemed to really dull the gross aftertaste and I feel that the chocolate complimented the flavors better. Because the normal creme part was so sweet, I feel that it overpowered the root beer portion and tasted more like cream soda than a root beer float, plus we all know that the best part of a root beer float is the ice cream anyways. I was impressed that they managed to convey the fizzy taste of drinking a soda without any actual carbonation. It would have been neat to see what they would have tasted like with some sort of Pop Rocks type candy mixed in to the creme as well. The aftertaste is what REALLY killed these for me. I have noticed that there are a lot of people singing the praise of these Oreos, and some, like myself who think they don’t live up to the hype. Grab yourself a tray and see for yourself, as for me, these will end up on the table in the lunchroom at work today.

August 21, 2014
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