An awesome Oreo

Oreos (the cookie) come in many different flavors and sizes, but in general I’ve abjured all but the original Oreo. Invented in 1912, it’s the most popular cookie—”biscuit” to you Brits—in the U.S., and why mess with a good thing? When I was a kid, dunking my Oreos in glasses of cold milk (as I still do on the rare occasions when I eat them), there was only a single variety, which looked like the one in the middle below. Now there are “Double Stuf” Oreos (r.), with twice as much “cream” filling, and mini Oreos (l.), for those who favor nouvelle cuisine. There are even mint oreos with a green, mint-flavored filling. But the original were, to me, the best.


That is, until I went the grocery store yesterday for my weekly shopping, and saw these facing me at the entrance:

Oreo 1

Now I almost never by snack foods, much less sweets, at the grocery store, for I have a sweet tooth and it’s best not to have the stuff around. But I do love Reese’s peanut-butter cups, so I forked out the $2.50 for the bag (note the convenient stay-fresh closure on the front), and found that the contents were, well, scrumptious—even better than regular Oreos. Here’s one I dissected:

Oreo 2

Yes, they have an addictive chocolate-and-peanut-butter filling, and still are excellent when dunked in milk. This is a Professor Ceiling Cat Snack Recommendation™.

If you see these, snap them up, for these special flavors are temporary and sometimes regional—or even limited to non-U.S. nations. Here are other flavors that have come and gone over time (from Wikipedia). I have put in bold the ones I’d like to try:

  • Chocolate Oreo
  • Strawberry Milkshake Oreo, introduced in Canada, and sold for a limited time in the United States, is an Oreo cookie with strawberry flavoring.[33]
    • Strawberry Oreo, introduced in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
  • Green Tea Oreo, introduced in China and Japan.
  • Lemon Ice Oreo, introduced in Japan.
  • Organic Oreo, introduced in 2006, are plain Oreo cookies made with organic flavor and organic sugar.
  • Blueberry Ice Cream Oreo, introduced in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia in 2010. Also sold in Thailand and China.
  • Orange Ice Cream Oreo, introduced in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand in 2011.
  • Golden Oreo, introduced in Indonesia in 2011. Oreo’s chocolate cookies replaced by milk-flavored cookies
    • Double Stuf Golden Oreo, introduced in late August 2009. As the name indicates they are Double Stuf Oreo cookies with Golden Oreo biscuits instead of normal chocolate Oreo biscuits.
    • Golden Oreo series have vanilla biscuits with other fillings like vanilla and chocolate as Uh-Oh Oreo until its rebranding in 2007. Introduced in Indonesia in 2011 with cookies and cream.
    • Oreo Heads or Tails have vanilla creme filling with a chocolate Oreo wafer on one side and a Golden Oreo wafer on the other.
    • Creamsicle Oreo have vanilla and orange creme filling with vanilla Oreo wafers.
    • Ice Cream Oreo Rainbow Shure Bert have rainbow sherbet filling with vanilla Oreo wafers.
  • Oreo DQ Blizzard Creme, a limited edition Oreo released in April–May 2010, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Dairy Queen Blizzard
  • Double Delight Oreo, introduced in 1987, have chocolate cookies with two fillings, notably peanut butter and chocolate, mint and cream, and coffee and cream flavors. This appears to be the genre of the cookie above.]
    • Also there are ongoing fruit series: orange and mango, raspberry and blueberry, grape and peach in China.
  • Cool Mint Creme Oreo are a Double Stuf Oreo with a slight minty creme filling.[35]
  • Peanut Butter Oreo are a Double Stuf Oreo with a peanut buttery creme filling.
  • Pure Milk Chocolate Covered Mint Oreo are similar to Milk Chocolate Oreo but have a mint-flavored filling.
  • Banana Split Creme Oreo with a light yellow banana flavor filling, were available for a limited time in 2008.
  • Berry Burst Ice Cream Oreo were released in April 2011.
  • Sugar Free Oreo, introduced in 2006, cost over twice as much as regular Oreo cookies, and had only trace amounts of sugar, 10 fewer calories per serving, 0.5 grams more fat and 450% more fiber.[36]
  • Reduced Fat Oreo, introduced in 2006, cost the same as regular Oreo cookies, had as much sugar, 10 fewer calories per serving, about 35% less fat and the same amount of fiber.[36]
  • During springtime, around Halloween, and Christmas, special edition “Double Stuf Oreo” cookies are produced with colored frosting reflecting the current holiday (blue or yellow, orange, and red or green respectively). Also, one side of each seasonal cookie is stamped with an appropriate design: the spring cookies feature flowers, butterflies, etc., and the Hallowe’en Oreos bear a jack o’lantern, ghost, cat, flock of bats, and/or broom-riding witch.
  • Chocolate and Dulce de leche Oreo, sold in Chile and Argentina, has chocolate or Dulce de Leche instead of the usual creme.
  • Oreo cookies with red creme, introduced in 2010, as a promotion for the movie How To Train Your Dragon
  • Birthday Cake Oreo cookies were a limited-edition release in February–July 2012 to celebrate Oreo’s 100th birthday, made up of two chocolate Oreo cookies with a birthday-cake flavored filling and sprinkles inside. This edition replaced the traditional design on one of the two cookies with a birthday candle and the words “OREO 100”. The flavor has been reintroduced, with “double stuff” amount of cream filling, in both chocolate and golden Oreo varieties, except that the cookies no longer display the “OREO 100” print.[37]
  • Birthday Cake Oreo – Fudge Dipped Vanilla were a limited-edition release in February–July 2012 to celebrate Oreo’s 100th birthday, made up of one vanilla Oreo cookie with a birthday-cake flavored filling and sprinkles inside. The cookie and frosting are then dipped in fudge so that the entire cookie is covered.
  • Candy Corn Oreo cookies are a Hallowe’en-related flavor, made up of two golden Oreo cookies with a flavored filling that was half yellow and half orange. They were a limited edition release in 2012 that returned in 2013. JACUGH!
  • Gingerbread Oreo cookies were a limited edition release made up of two golden Oreo cookies with a mild gingerbread flavored filling.
  • Lemon Twist Oreo cookies were a limited edition release in 2012 that returned in 2013, made up of two golden Oreo cookies with a lemon flavored filling.
  • Neapolitan Oreo cookies were a limited edition release in 2012, made up of three golden Oreo cookies with a double sandwich of chocolate and strawberry creme fillings.
  • Ice Cream Rainbow Sure, Bert! Oreo cookies were a limited edition release in 2013, made up of two golden Oreo cookies with a double stuf-thickness layer of tri-color raspberry and lime sherbert flavor creme filling.
  • Watermelon Oreo cookies are a limited edition release for the summer of 2013, consisting of two golden Oreo cookies with watermelon-flavoured filling.
  • Banana Split Oreo cookies were a limited edition release in fall 2013, made up of one golden and one chocolate Oreo, with a double stuf-thickness layer of strawberry and banana flavor creme filling.
  • Limeade Oreo released in 2014, two vanilla cookies with a lime flavored creme inside.
  • Fruit Punch Oreo limited edition release in 2014, featuring vanilla cookies with fruit punch flavored creme.
  • Cookie Dough Oreo limited edition release in March 2014, featuring chocolate cookies with cookie dough flavored creme.
  • Caramel Apple Oreo limited edition release in August 2014 exclusively at Target stores, featuring vanilla cookies with caramel apple flavored creme.
  • Pumpkin Spice Oreo limited edition release in September 2014. Golden Oreo cookies with pumpkin spice flavored filling.
  • Red Velvet Oreo limited edition release in February 2015. Red Oreo cookies with cream cheese flavored filling.


  1. Les Robertshaw
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Well you’re not a conservative which is great

  2. Posted April 12, 2015 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Might have to try those. I too seldom have sweets in the house but mostly because I don’t crave sweets very often. But cookies last a long time on the shelf and I do like Reese’s.



    • Posted April 12, 2015 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      Well, dry cookies with preservatives, like Oreos, do (not dissing Oreos at all; I like them).

      Real cookies, from a bakery, or that you’ve baked yourself? Not so much of a shelf-life.

      • Susan
        Posted April 13, 2015 at 8:01 am | Permalink

        I once put a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies (tollhouse recipe) in the freezer to slow down their disappearance. It worked great until I realized that frozen choc chip cookies are really good.

        • Posted April 13, 2015 at 8:50 am | Permalink

          Frozen c c cookies are the best? Even better, spread the dough into a brownie tin, bake ’em, then freeze ’em.

        • Posted April 13, 2015 at 9:11 am | Permalink


    • Posted April 12, 2015 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      I just returned from the weekly shopping and while roaming the aisles I noticed an Oreo display. Remembering Jerry’s post I checked — and they had them!, so I bought a package. They’re quite good. My youngest son, teenager, declared my trial purchase a success. Conversely, my wife declared them inedible — so I got 2/3 of her cookie. But she doesn’t like Reese’s PB cups, so what can we expect?

      • Woof
        Posted April 12, 2015 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

        > But she doesn’t like Reese’s PB cups, so what can we expect?

        You obviously didn’t know this about her before you married her… right?

        • Diane G.
          Posted April 13, 2015 at 4:27 am | Permalink

          Hey, if my husband didn’t like them I’d end up with much more leftover Halloween and Easter Reese’s!

      • Posted April 13, 2015 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

        Women can be strange sometimes, but than again I guess they think the same think thing about us men. I love um but I don’t understand where they are coming from most of the time.

  3. NewEnglandBob
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    I hebe loved eating Oreos since I was a child dunking (saturating) them in the milk. I now eat them about once every 10 years because of the high calorie and high-fat. I do miss them as I miss whole milk.

    • NewEnglandBob
      Posted April 12, 2015 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      Hebe??? Have.

      • Diane G.
        Posted April 13, 2015 at 4:28 am | Permalink

        Sure hope that wasn’t Freudian! 😀

  4. Posted April 12, 2015 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Oh, I thought this was going to be about these Oreos!


    • Posted April 12, 2015 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      Those are disgusting!

      • Posted April 12, 2015 at 11:57 am | Permalink

        But everything is better with bacon! 😁


        • mordacious1
          Posted April 12, 2015 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

          Even I wouldn’t eat those.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted April 12, 2015 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

          No especially not this.

          • Posted April 12, 2015 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

            You must be thinking of Canadian bacon …


            • Posted April 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

              Canadian bacon is just sliced ham. Potentially still quite tasty…but not actually bacon….


        • tubby
          Posted April 12, 2015 at 1:28 pm | Permalink


          And before you come to kill the bacon-traitor, my refusal to touch the stuff not only means more bacon for you but that your bacon is safe in my presence.

          • Posted April 12, 2015 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

            It’s like the homophobes. I still think they’re almost if not entirely exclusively closeted self-hating gay or bisexual…but, that aside, if you’re a straight guy, you really should celebrate all the gay guys. Each gay couple is two fewer men to compete with for the women….


          • Posted April 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

            You’ve saved my bacon. Thanks.


            • Posted April 12, 2015 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

              Now you’ve just got to bring it home….


            • tubby
              Posted April 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

              It’s only safe from me. Ben seems like another story.

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted April 12, 2015 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

              Don’t pig out now.

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted April 12, 2015 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

            I don’t eat bacon either. It’s because I can’t stand the thought of eating a pig. I’ve seen them being transported in bad conditions in big transport trucks with their little snouts sticking out and I hate it. There are animal groups working to stop long haul transport of them to the slaughter house & to make their ride better (especially during -20C when they freeze to the truck).

            Yes, I know I’m a hypocrite for eating other animals but I don’t eat horses, dogs or cats either.

            • Diane G.
              Posted April 13, 2015 at 4:31 am | Permalink

              Cattle trucks are just as bad. I was passing one when a steer poked its big gentle nose through one of the vent holes, and it broke my heart.

            • Posted April 14, 2015 at 9:13 am | Permalink

              That’s why I only buy meat (and eggs and dairy) from Whole Paycheck. Assuming their marketing materials are to believed, they only source their meats from ranchers who humanely treat the livestock. They have minimum standards below which they won’t sell, and a series of “stages” with ever-more-stringent requirements for the facilities. Much backyard livestock raised as pets more than anything else would not qualify for their highest standards…my Mom’s flock of six hens, for example, just barely have enough square feet per bird for “Stage 5,” and one more bird would put her over Whole Paycheck’s limit and drop her down to “Stage 4.” Mom and Dad live in a modest two-bedroom suburban duplex and there’s about as much square footage in the yard as indoors.

              (Don’t quote me on specifics…it’s been a while since I parsed out the details. But the gist of it is certainly right.)


      • Posted April 12, 2015 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

        Yech!! Almost everything is better w bacon.

    • Posted April 13, 2015 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      Those look absolutely disgusting. I’d have to smoke about fifty gigantic doobies before I’d even think about trying one. Bacon and eggs, sure, bacon and pancakes with maple syrup, sure, but shiver me timbers, those little items look repulsive.

  5. Bill Siedler
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Hydrox is a far better cookie, despite its unfortunate name (sounds more like a toxic compound than a confection). And they will make a comeback!

    • NewEnglandBob
      Posted April 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      I never cared for Hydrox. The cookie part seemed stale and the ‘creme’ was not as sweet.

      We can Haz Oreo vs Hydrox war here. (Over the top/behind the roll) 🙂

      • Posted April 12, 2015 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

        You are correct, sir.

        As one who was exposed equally to Oreo and Hydrox as a child, I will offer my objective, war-winning pronouncement: Oreos are superior.

        Hydrox fans are obviously simply letting nostalgia get the better of their judgment.

    • Woof
      Posted April 12, 2015 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

      Also a Hydrox fan from way way way back!

    • kansaskitty
      Posted April 12, 2015 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

      I agree! When I was a kid, I loved Hydrox. I haven’t seen them for years & if they did get them at my store, I would buy them! I do buy the regular original Oreos as a 2nd best though. Got to admit, the Reese’s Oreos sound great as I love Reese’s.

    • Posted April 13, 2015 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

      You said a mouthful there, that name does make them sound like something from my childhood chem set

  6. Derek Freyberg
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Better than green tea Oreos are green tea KitKats, also from Japan but findable here.

    • DTaylor
      Posted April 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

      My daughter has worked in Japan and shared her experiences with her daughter’s first-grade class just last Friday. Among the foods sampled were Japanese tea-flavored KitKats. They were a hit with the kids, but what really wowed them was the marble stopper in the carbonated beverage bottles. I find that pretty intriguing myself.

    • barn owl
      Posted April 12, 2015 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      I ordered a bag of the green tea KitKats through Amazon, and they were delicious. Well worth the wait.

      I’m not in Chile or Argentina, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen the dulce de leche Oreos in the grocery store here at some point. If I see them again, should I buy a bag for Professor Ceiling Cat?

  7. Posted April 12, 2015 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Ooo I’ll try these. I’m more of a Timtam guy than an Oreo one but I go weak at the knees for all things peanut butter chocolate.

    If those green tea ones are half as good as the Japanese green tea kitkats they’ll be amazing.

  8. Posted April 12, 2015 at 11:58 am | Permalink


  9. bluemaas
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Does the OREO company — Nabisco ( the National Biscuit Company ) — after a trial roll – out period of a limited edition – product of Its Original and in order to keep this newish one on store shelves as permanent then, permit consumers ‘to vote’ re its production and inventory? I, too, adore the taste on m’buds of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and .cannot.not.not. at all have them around me.

    The development of the wild HMS Beagle – LEGO project, I see this morning, as re the votes therefor? It has need of only ~3,600> votes with 296 days left in which to garner these!


  10. Randy Schenck
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    So now we have cats, oreo cookies, peanut butter and nearly every food that can be made. Lot shorter list would be those things not liked. Start with religion and go from there.

    I have to admit to liking still, the old peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But prefer sour dough bread.

    • NewEnglandBob
      Posted April 12, 2015 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

      Not liked: Brussels Sprouts, oysters (I won’t say what eating oysters is like for me)

      • kansaskitty
        Posted April 12, 2015 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

        Oysters, ick. My mother in law always served oyster soup on New Year’s Eve. I always thought the oysters looked like eyeballs bobbing around in the soup! Couldn’t make myself eat it.

        • merilee
          Posted April 12, 2015 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

          Love all shellfidh BUT oysters. Have discovered how to make Brussels sprouts delicious with Asian (Indian, Thai, Chineseish) spices, and either pan searing or roasting so they aren’t mushy.

  11. Posted April 12, 2015 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I never was a fan of Oreos. I did like Reese’s…but, the last time I ate one I was rather disappointed. Neither the chocolate nor the peanut butter are all that good.

    I think a lot of the commercial sweets have theoretical potential that’s never actually realized because excessive sugar gets substituted for quality ingredients.

    Imagine melting a layer of really damned good chocolate into the bottom of a cupcake / muffin tin (with squiggly paper lining), pressing in a layer of fresh-roasted fresh-ground peanut butter, and topping with more of the same chocolate. Now that would be worth eating! And lots of room for variation — white chocolate, almond or other nut butters, different chocolates on top and bottom, and so on.

    Same thing with Oreos. The filling is just shortening with sugar whipped into it. Instead…I’d go for a French-style chocolate macaron with a vanilla filling. You can actually get some at Essence Bakery, which is right up the street from me…and, let me reassure you, those are well worth eating!


    • Heather Hastie
      Posted April 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

      You can get a peanut butter/chocolate combo similar to this from a small scale choclatier in Hamilton, NZ. It’s amazing!

      • Posted April 12, 2015 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

        Sounds great — I’ll pop right on over.

        …so…erm…swim left at Hawaii, right?


      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted April 12, 2015 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

        The candy is still good in NZ. In Canada and the US the chocolate is mostly made out of wax and some sort of edible oil product.

        Even the Smarties are crap in Canada (they don’t have Smarties in the US) as they have artificial flavour and colour. When I went to Australia, I bought loads of them to bring home because they had actual candy flavour not the fake stuff.

        • Posted April 12, 2015 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

          “(they don’t have Smarties in the US)”

          They did few years ago, and I’ll bet they’re still around. I remember my son bringing them back at Halloween.

        • Derek Freyberg
          Posted April 13, 2015 at 11:20 am | Permalink

          Agreed as to candy in NZ. Some of the old candies from when I was a child there went away and were replaced by standard US stuff, but it seems they are coming back – last trip we found a small store in Oamaru (we’d stopped so my wife could see Janet Frame’s house) that had almost everything I recall from my childhood. And my daughter, who’s a candy connoisseur (and a lover of green tea KitKats, lemon cola gummies, umeboshi sticks – like sticks of chewing gum, but made with umeboshi, and other Japanese delicacies) always asks me to bring something back when my wife and I go.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted April 12, 2015 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      I always liked these cookies. Chocolate covered marshmallows. Mmmmmm. I had some recently though and they tasted awful because they were all artificial flavour.

      It’s funny that this article talks about how everyone around the world has a version of these things. My French Canadian friend thought you could only get them in Quebec. I assured here that they have these in English Canada as well.

      • HaggisForBrains
        Posted April 13, 2015 at 5:18 am | Permalink

        Ahh! Tunnock’s Teacakes! Second only to the deep-fried Mars Bar. Yet another magnificent culinary invention from Scotland 😉

  12. mordacious1
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I have only one addiction in life…sugar. Last year I gave up eating sugar for 6 months and lost 35 lbs. This was after someone here on WEIT mentioned that I might be destroying my pancreas by eating so much sugar (it was only 20 lbs. or so of Halloween candy). Unfortunately, my daughter left a bag of chocolate marshmallows next to my chair last Fall…now I’m hooked again. It’s true that, if it’s not in the house, it’s easier to avoid.

    I’m not a big fan of Oreos (although I’ve eaten my share). Though, if they came out with a package with all those flavors mixed in one bag (like jelly beans), I’d certainly buy them…nothing like variety.

    • Posted April 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      Sugar will fuck up more than just your pancreas. Check out Robert Lustwig’s YouTube lectures….


      • mordacious1
        Posted April 12, 2015 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

        Will do…but I know it’s bad for me, just like smokers know cigarettes are bad. At least when I eat a candy bar, it’s not killing the person standing next to me.

        • Posted April 12, 2015 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

          There’re actually pleasant ways to get over the addiction.

          Start every meal with a generous portion of fresh veggies of your choice, and feel free to splurge on quality versions of your favorites. “Baby” carrots, celery sticks, radishes, a favorite salad, a lettuce wedge — whatever you actually like. Or, if you really don’t like anything like that, pick something you can tolerate and consider it an unpleasant chore that’s nevertheless still gotta be done, like cleaning the toilet.

          Only after you’ve finished the veggies, then eat a classically-balanced meal with textbook-sized portions. A serving of protein about the size of the palm of your hand; a quarter to a third of a cup of something carbohydrate-based (rice, bread, potatoes, etc.) with the preference going to minimal processing (brown rice, whole-grain bread, non-Frenched potatoes), another small serving of vegetables to complement the meal, and culinarily-appropriate amounts of fat (like butter on the starch).

          When you’re just starting out, chances are overwhelming that you’ll still be quite hungry after eating that…and that fact, I fear, is what most dietitians either ignore or insist you must have inhuman willpower to overcome. Some can do it, but expecting anybody to enjoy it or most to stick to it is just insane.

          So, after you’ve finished eating all you’re supposed to eat and you’re still hungry…what you do is stuff yourself silly, with great gusto and no guilt —

  13. AdamK
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    I tried some Red Velvet Oreos, and was disappointed. The artificialness of the “cream cheese flavored” filling was the first thing I tasted. Ick. I don’t recommend them. Regular old-fashioned Oreos are fine.

  14. TnkAgn
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Actually, Oreo is the Hydrox-like cookie, Hydrox debuting in 1908, Oreo in 1912. I always preferred Hydrox but they’re hard to come by. But wait! Hydrox is making a comeback!

    What next, the return of RC Cola?

    • bluemaas
      Posted April 12, 2015 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      With a very interesting history (, RC Cola originating in that most cola of states, Georgia, over a century ago is and always has been available in most points of Iowa. It happens to be mine of choice, particularly its cherry edition and even over m’other favored cola of Pepsi.

      But I have determined some years ago, and with the replacement of selzer waters’ fizz instead, to successfully give up high fructose corn syrup – containing soft drinks and other sugary sodas, in general, so myself have not enjoyed a mighty fine bottle of Royal Crown Cola for a long, long … … long, long time.

      Thank you for the darling memory just now, however !

      • bluemaas
        Posted April 12, 2015 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

        Not enjoyed for just about as long as these lovelies have not been well – chewed as well … … particularly the clove – and the licorice root – favorites ! .

        O … … for nostalgic – tasting !

    • barn owl
      Posted April 12, 2015 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      Tab cola has made a comeback locally. For several years, you could occasionally find a few six-packs of Tab hidden on the specialty soda shelves. Now there are 12-packs available in most grocery stores here at all times.

  15. Diana MacPherson
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Snacks are very cultural. I thought of this video of Korean girls trying American junk food for the first time.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted April 12, 2015 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

      NZ sells chocolate flavoured cheese to several Asian countries, where it’s a big hit. Can’t imagine it myself.

      • Posted April 12, 2015 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

        I remember getting some dark-chocolate covered Edam cheese balls in Palo Alto years ago and they were to die for! Just at a local grocery store. And it was real aedam cheese, not cheese-whizzy crap.

        We all have our madeleines:-)

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted April 12, 2015 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

        Mmmm I actually think that would be tasty. I love NZ cheese. It is just the tastiest cheese I’ve ever had. I think it’s probably because it’s so fresh. Add chocolate to that & it would be great!

  16. quiscalus
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    I neither love nor hate Oreos or Hydrox, preferring the vanilla/golden sandwich cookies over the chocolate-ish ones. I find, however, that my sweets are limited by the overwhelming reliance of palm oil, which I have issues with due to the complete and total unregulated forest destruction by palm oil plantations, including inside national parks and preserves. Sorry to add environmental guilt to junk food guilt. I know my personal boycott doesn’t do a damn thing, but is it too much to ask to live in a world where I can have orangutans, proboscis monkeys, AND Oreos?

    • NewEnglandBob
      Posted April 12, 2015 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      How do proboscis monkeys taste? I have no clue.

      • Posted April 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

        No clue, but I hear they smell awful!


        • Woof
          Posted April 12, 2015 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

          My dog has no nose…

          • Posted April 12, 2015 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

            Yes he does — it’s plainly visible in the lower right corner of the picture!


            • Woof
              Posted April 12, 2015 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

              That’s not my dog; that’s me.

      • Posted April 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

        Don’t be nosey!


      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted April 12, 2015 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

        Probably a bit like chicken. 🙂

        • Posted April 12, 2015 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

          Their proboscisi probably taste chewier ( smellier) than the rest

        • Posted April 12, 2015 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

          Surely more like long pig … ?


          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted April 12, 2015 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

            I was seriously thinking about putting that as my answer! Spooky!

          • Posted April 12, 2015 at 7:52 pm | Permalink


  17. DSG
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    we see that first there was one type of Oreo cookie, and add a bit of time (6000 years or 6 billion?) and even the Oreo cookie “evolves” into other “species” of cookies!!!!Delicious.

    what would deepok chopra say about “them apples”??

    and if you want any type of Oreo cookie do what I do and order it from amazon…(then I don’t have to be satisfied with the small Oreo variety stocked in my nearest megamarket.
    any type of oreo cookie can be delivered to your door in 48 hours, (I also order a few Zantacs, if you know what I mean….)

  18. Woof
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    I saw these Reese’s Oreos at the County Market in Winfield MO a few weeks ago. I said (to myself, but out loud) “Now that’s just not fair!”. A nice little old lady (amazing how much older little old ladies are getting these days, innit?) heard me and asked what I was talking about. I showed her the Evil Cookies. She said “OOOOOO!” and snatched the package right out of my hands.

    Yup, there are other PB&C fans out there.

    I may have to turn in my PB&C union card, though. I managed to get out of the store without a bag. Yeah, I don’t quite believe it either.

  19. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Yes, they have an addictive chocolate-and-peanut-butter filling

    Note that the bag very carefully does not say that. It says they have a “peanut butter cup flavor creme” filling, which is undoubtedly not the same thing as real peanut butter (though I grant that it may be processed in a facility that also processes peanuts).

    Not trying to be judgmental; if that’s your cup of tea, go for it. But I can’t help thinking that it wouldn’t be that hard to make a home-baked chocolate sandwich cookie with actual peanut butter filling that would put these store-bought cookie-like snacks in the shade.

  20. Posted April 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    I buy an Oreo look-alike by another company because Nabisco doesn’t make a sugar-free Oreo.
    Love those Oreo’s by whoever makes um.

    • Posted April 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

      Reply to myself, no edit button here.
      How wrong I was in my previous comment. While digging deep in to my cookie stash I came up with a box of Nabisco Sugar Free Oreo’s. Sure wish I could remember where I bought them.
      The other brand of sugar-free Oreo look alike s I mentioned is Murry. They sell a number of somewhat tasty sugar-free cookies.

  21. Vaal
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Great Post Professor!

    I love Oreo and I just had a few earlier today. (Chocolate cream filled, not so good really).

    I agree with you that the originals reign supreme. They have just the right balance of chocolate cookie flavor to “creamy” filling. And it’s just that balance that the “double stuffed” version screws up.
    In the typical “If people like this they’ll think MORE must be better” style of product marketing, they figure shoving more sugar in there will be taken as a good thing. But when the filling gets that thick, you really start tasting the strange, gummy, artificial texture and flavor. It actually tastes worse. Whereas the regular-filled Oreos have an utterly addictive balance of crunchy chocolate cookie and sweetness.

    But, I always have to try variations if I see them. The chocolate mint are pretty good. And I would LOVE to try the peanut butter version mentioned in this post. I love all things peanut butter. Unfortunately, having a sun with a severe peanut allergy means I don’t bring such things home anymore 😦

    I have to live vicariously through edifying posts like this one from Prof CC.

  22. Diane G.
    Posted April 13, 2015 at 4:42 am | Permalink


  23. lancelotgobbo
    Posted April 13, 2015 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    I’ve had green tea flavoured KitKats and they were very disappointing. Bilious green ‘chocolate’ on the outside too, not just green tea flavour in the innards. Same with the strawberry ones also sold on the asian market. I’ll stick to begging friends and family to import me some Cadbury’s Flake whenever they go to the UK.

  24. Posted April 13, 2015 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    With you, Jerry: I love Reeses cups — and Butterfingers and Heath bars.

  25. Posted April 13, 2015 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Oreos (like Orange Crush) are one of the things I almost can’t eat anymore. Too sweet in the wrong way …

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