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.

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!

Ice Cream Oreos: Rainbow Shure,Bert!

A little blast from the past from my blog at pyropixie.net until I can get everything straightened out over here!

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This week we sample: Ice Cream Oreos: Rainbow Shure,Bert!

It’s no secret that Richard and I are total snack food junkies. Rarely do we walk down an aisle at a store and find something we haven’t tried, but that doesn’t stop us from looking. Last night during a spur of the moment dash to the Wal of Marts for today’s lunch, we spotted these little babies on an endcap. Snack foodie protip # 375 – always check the endcaps. Both of us have worked in grocery retail for a while (I currently do not anymore). Vendors will often either pay to be on prime endcaps or beg department leads for space for new product. Simply hiding it down the aisle doesn’t move units, thus rarely you see new product thrown directly in the home location from the beginning.

Richard and I love all things Oreo, and between the two of us, have tried every flavor that has been produced. You would have thought someone said there was one million dollars stashed inside of one of the packages if you had witnessed how big our eyes got and how quickly we both snatched up a bag last night. Richard was so excited that he even grabbed the wrong ones – sucker! Creamsicle Oreos for you! After grabbing a few other goodies in the store and perusing the toy department for anything interesting (which is almost just as bad as the junk food addiction, if you’ve read any of my previous Toy Thursday blogs) we headed out to the car. These babies didn’t even make it out of the parking lot before being torn open. Being the gentleman that he is, Richard offered me the first one out of the bag, and our conversation followed as such:

Richard: mmmmm…. this smells really good, I could smell this forever.

me: mmmmm… it smells really citrus-y.

Richard: mmmmm….

me: *pops whole Oreo into mouth* The flavor is really underwhelming. (please note I said this with a mouth full of Oreo, always the lady).

Richard: Yeah I was expecting more of a sher-berty… taste.

me: the flavor is really light, like I could eat a whole bag and not even realize it vs. other ones that is so sugary the guilt sets in after #4 or so. At least they taste better than the Berry Blast Oreos. (note: I argued that the filling of the Berry Blast Oreo tasted fake, hi, has anyone ever looked on the back of the package? the whole damn thing is fake.)

Richard contests that golden Oreos are more of his preference because according to him “The golden cookies, are like a blank canvas, you can have a sugar cookie, or an orange cookie, or Neapolitan cookie. Chocolate cookies already have a flavor to them and there is only so much you can do with the chocolate ones.” Then he proceeded to call himself a white pride activist. That last part is true in the sense that he said it, but untrue in the sense that he does not think that. He also prefers his chocolate items to be “moist”, such as cake, a candy bar, etc. Chocolate cookies are too dry dammit.*

*I may or may not have paraphrased some of that last paragraph. When he speaks, so much awesome comes out that I can hardly keep up on the keyboard, and this is why I keep threatening to record some of our conversations.

I prefer chocolate cookies myself. Give me the ole classic Oreo. Call me a creature of habit, but I will always go back to the old stand by. My package of Shure, Bert! Oreos will probably last me a week or two, but Richard’s on the other hand is probably already gone. If they were the classic version, I would have probably had the entire thing for breakfast, but instead I settled for honey mustard pretzels. Breakfast of Champions I say!

Conclusion: We would probably buy these again. And again…

Appearance:
Richard: 4/5 – looks well done, not messy and all over the place, appealing. would add another color to the frosting as the pink and green frosting is misleading, making you think that you are going to have a watermelon like treat.
Erin: 3/5 – i like the colors, but agree that the two colors does not give me the feeling of eating sherbet, where is the orange?!

Consistency:
Richard: 4/5 – very consistent with great taste. I don’t know. sure.
Erin: 3/5 – I prefer the cream in Oreos to be a little more firm so that when I twist them apart – my preferred method of eating Oreos, the cream stays on one side. When I twist these apart the cream will lift and trick me into thinking that its going to split in two, which totally bums me out.

Smell:
Richard: 3/5 – I wish there was more of a citrus burst. I don’t even know what I’m saying right now.
Erin: 5/5 – Yeah I said, these babies smell good!

Taste:
Richard: 4/5 – It tastes like sherbet, but I feel like the cookie dulls or takes away from the sherbet-y taste.
Erin: 4/5 – I agree with Richard that the flavor is a bit weak when combined with the Oreo. All alone its pretty delish.