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August 2014

Oreo Cookies – Limited Edition – Caramel Apple

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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Oreo Cookies – Import Edition – Matcha!

We have two markets in this area that we like to visit, one being the Oriental Market (I feel wrong just typing that, but its truly what is called) and Oto’s. Both tend to have the run of the mill treats that you expect like Pocky, all kinds of yummy chips, etc., but I find that Oto’s has more imported “American” treats like Oreos and Doritos but flavors that we don’t get here in the states (which is a true shame because some of the flavors are crazy good). We usually walk the market in the same pattern every time then do a once over again in the snack/candy aisle incase we missed anything the first time. I originally glazed over the Oreos because most of the flavors are either flavors I can get here in the states, or something I already tried.

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Now I’m probably an idiot for blindly tossing something into my cart – but for some reason my brain saw and thought, Oreos + green = Mint Oreos. Oto’s is really good about putting English labels with the nutritional values on the back that help figure out exactly what you’re buying, but I failed to look at that when I grabbed them. I was pretty excited to try Oreos in a stick form so that completely took over. I decided to have these as an afternoon snack while surfing the internets, so I poured them on to a plate and that’s when I realized that they were matcha flavored, not mint! THE HORROR.

Matcha gives me flashbacks of working for Starbucks – and honestly, I can’t get down with matcha. It tastes like grass. If you like it, well, more for you. I decided to try them anyways because well, Oreos… chocolate… trying to try new things… yeah… can’t be that bad right? RIGHT?!

I took a deep breath and decided to go for it and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! I was expecting the matcha flavor to be overwhelming, but it was almost nonexistent. There was a slight undertone but I felt that it tasted more like white chocolate than anything. If I had tasted these blind, I would have thought they were some sort of cookies and creme Oreos. It was weird eating Oreos in a stick form, but it was rather enjoyable. I like to twist open oreos and eat the creme then the cookie, but this mixed both of those and it was a nice balance. I was sad that ate them so quickly because they were so good, but to give you an idea of size, they were about an inch long each.

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Texture: 3.5/5 – These morsels had a nice crunch to them that you would expect from a cookie and also had the creamy texture from the coating. It was kind of like eating chunks of the cookies and cream out of cookie and cream ice cream.

Smell: 3.5/5 – I was expecting the matcha to have a strong smell, but I mostly smelled just sweet white chocolate.

Appearance: 2/5 – Now I’m not sure if jostling from moving from one continent to another caused a little damage to these guys, but they weren’t that appetizing looking. The neon green coloring that I was expecting from the picture on the front of the bag was more of a muted split pea green, and they looked like they were covered in salt and pepper. I can’t say it was the most appealing snack I’ve eaten.

Taste: 4/5 – I was pretty surprised by how much I liked these. The matcha flavor enhanced the cookie portion instead of overpowering it. The chocolate and creme portion were as delicious as to be expected from an Oreo. I feel like this flavor combination only worked for me because they were not in the standard Oreo shape. If it had been a chocolate cookie or golden cookie with a matcha center, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much (a chocolate/matcha center cookie exists, I think I will pass, especially since they are the cake cookies). I would buy these again, but the price was a little steep for how much you get in the package (3 dollars). If you can get your hands on these I would give them a try, you’ll probably like them!

August 19, 2014
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Oreo Cookies – Limited Edition Cookie Dough

While meandering through Target today, trying to remember what I actually came there for, I spotted these on a front endcap as I walked through market. I somewhat recently tried the Baskin Robbins Oreo cake batter ice cream and I imagined that these would taste similar to that. Or maybe those chocolate chip covered Oreos that people see on Pinterest, but always turn out these huge hockey puck cookies that to me, don’t taste all that great. I threw a package in my cart and continued on my trek through Target – which by the way, I left without buying the one thing I really needed to buy.

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Nabisco has really been trying to up their Oreo game lately – and I feel like they are the only ones that are trying to come out with a lot of limited edition items. The only other brand that I see doing a lot of new flavors are Pringles. Chocolate chip cookie dough is my go to flavor when it comes to ice cream, that is when I could still eat ice cream. I would also say that I probably enjoy raw cookie dough more than I enjoy baked cookies. There is something so good about eating a spoonful of cold cookie dough. We will just pretend that it doesn’t have raw eggs in it, alright?

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I was kind of expecting these Oreos to be like the peanut butter Oreos (not to be confused with the Reese’s Oreos). You are expecting to have peanut butter in the middle, but instead you get peanut butter flavored creme, good, but not great. The outside of the package boasts that the creme is made with ‘chocolately chips’ but upon twisting my first Oreo open, they were hardly noticeable. I am from the school of Oreo eaters that twist open the cookie, eat the creme center, then eat the cookies. I feel that Nabisco could have gone either way with a chocolate cookie or a golden cookie with this one, but being a chocolate lover, I’m glad they decided to go with the chocolate cookie outside.

The creme was really tasty. I think the ‘chocolately’ chips were more chocolate shavings than anything, but you definitely got the flavor profile of raw cookie dough. My favorite part of chocolate chip cookies is the brown sugar, and that flavor is definitely present in these. The only thing that I would have changed would be that the chocolate in the cookie dough was more chunk like, but thats just a personal preference.

Could we also take a moment and address that Nabisco should really get into the cookie spread game and bust out some different flavored Oreo cookie butters? I know I’m probably not alone in wanting some delicious cookies and creme cookie butter across my breakfast toast.

Texture: 4/5 – The texture of the creme is what you would expect from an Oreo. The chocolate chips neither enhance or detract from the texture of the cookie.

Smell: 5/5 – These definitely smell like chocolate chip cookies to me and they smell delicious.

Appearance: 3/5 – I only give this a middle of the road rating because you can’t really jazz up an Oreo. The pictures on the outside of the bag…tray? don’t really match what the inside looks like, but that’s okay. I am still going to eat the hell out of these regardless of what they look like.

Taste: 4.5/5 – Out of all the limited edition Oreos that I have tried, I would venture to say that these rank in one of the top spots on my list. The center is buttery, creamy, brown sugar-y (is that a word?) and delicious, and the cookie outside brings the crunch making this cookie the complete package. I would be okay if Nabisco decided to ditch some of their other flavors that are old stand-bys and replace one with this flavor. In fact I would probably be more apt to buy these than regular Oreos – ooooh I said it. Go try them!

August 17, 2014
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GoPicnic – Chocolate Almond Butter & Croissant

Posted in Bakery, Bread

Remember when I used to update my blog on the regular? Yeah me too. Somehow, we now find ourselves in August, 8 months from my last update. A while back I posted how life has been crazy and I have been trying to figure out how to balance both life and blogging. As you can see, I still have yet to find that balance, but dammit, I’m going to try and make it work. I recently moved, so I have been getting settled into my new place and finally have internet. I have also been working like a mad woman at my job. While leiserly clicking around on my time card recently, I noticed that I have clocked over 100 hours of overtime this year. So, if you have been wondering where I have been, there is your answer.

I have quite the stockpile to work through, and my partner in crime never fails to give me grief about how I buy things with the intention of reviewing them, but they end up sitting in the cabinet never touched. Boo. So that needs to change, not only because I now look like a junk food dooms day prepper, but I honestly miss blogging.

My most recent snack food endevor was a small meal kit that was picked up at Target. The entire line of products doesn’t really appeal to me, mostly because I don’t like buying things that I know I won’t eat everything in the box. That is why I have a hard time buying things like Lunchables – because I am lactose intolerant, I never end up eating the cheese, so I feel like it is a waste (though not to mention that Lunchables are hardly food to begin with, but they are great in a pinch at work). When I saw this kit, I was originally turned off by the apricot fruit leather, because I am not a fan of apricots, but over on my personal blog, I gave myself the challenge of trying new foods so, I went with it.

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This meal comes in a cute little box that easily fits in a purse – although I would not consider this a meal per say, the calorie count would make it one.

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The contents were slightly underwhelming when opening the box. I don’t really know what I was expecting, but something a little more visually appealing for sure. I was concerned that because somehow they say that the croissant will stay fresh until the end of this year, that it would be dry and flavorless. I started with the fruit leather, and was actually quite surprised that I liked it. The flavor was sweet and the leather portion was chewy but not where I felt like I was having apricot jerky.

Next I moved on to the croissant and almond butter. While I was training to run a half marathon (which never came to fruition, though I am proud that I can run much longer than I previously could) I would often look for snacks that runners could carry and eat while running distances. A few friends suggested the single serve packs of Justin’s Almond Butter. Yeah, about that. Almonds and I have a relatively new forged relationship, and I just could not get into the taste, or the texture. I felt like I was eating sand. Too gritty, not enough flavor to off set it. I thought with the addition of chocolate that I might have a better experience – but that really didn’t turn out to be the case. One thing I think could be included with this kit would be a small knife or if the peanut butter was put in a small tub instead of a squeezable package.

I prefer to dip things like bagels and what not into peanut butter instead of spreading it on it, and that’s how I chose to eat this. I was actually surprised that the croissant was moist, buttery, and flaky, despite being able to sit on a shelf for a year. I was not a fan of the chocolate almond butter, but I honestly think it’s just a personal preference, not that it was bad. I was expecting something sweeter like Nutella, but the flavor to me was a bit underwhelming.

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Texture: 3/5 – The fruit leather was perfectly made. It was chewy and not tough, and I would definitely eat it again. The croissant was airy and light, like you would expect. I was honestly surprised by this and would by these in a stand alone packaging. The chocolate almond butter was a little gritty for my liking, but when combined with the croissant it was not nearly as noticeable.

Smell: 4/5 – The fruit leather smelled like fresh apricots, not artificial or sugary sweet. The croissant smelled like a typical croissant. Surprisingly the chocolate almond butter smelled more of almonds than of chocolate despite it’s appearance.

Appearance: 4/5 – I liked that this snack came in a cute recycled box that I could toss into my bag without worrying that the croissant would become a pancake. The packaging of the fruit leather was nice. The croissant and chocolate almond butter were both in no frills packaging. I would have liked to have seen a little more functional packaging on the almond butter, but that is just personal preference.

Taste: 3.5/5 – The fruit leather was my favorite portion of this box, despite having the most apprehension about it. The flavoring from the apricots was a nice balance of fresh and sweet. I would buy these stand alone to put in my lunch. The croissant was pretty good, but was not anything spectacular. I did not care for the chocolate almond butter and would have preferred something a bit sweeter in its place. Maybe if they punched up the chocolate flavoring just a smidge more, I would be interested in trying it again. Overall I am pretty indifferent about this pack, and would take it or leave it. Nice to throw in your bag if you’re into the flavor profile, but nothing that you couldn’t put together at home for a little less cashola.

August 16, 2014
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