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REVIEW: Nabisco Limited Edition Fruit Punch Oreo Cookies

Written by | April 10, 2014

Topics: 8 Rating, Cookies, Oreo

Nabisco Limited Edition Fruit Punch Oreo Cookies

Milk.

It provides our bodies with calcium. It makes our cereal soggy. It does the body good. In some people, it can cause gastrointestinal issues. It’s the co-star in way too many Gallon Milk Challenge and Gallon Smashing YouTube videos. It’s the reason why there are hundreds of “Got Milk?” rip-offs on bumper stickers and t-shirts, like “Got Muscle?”, “Got Beer?”, “Got Weed?”, and “Got Balls?”. And it’s what we’ve dunked our Oreo cookies into for decades.

But I’m not sure milk is the appropriate liquid to dunk these Limited Edition Fruit Punch Oreo Cookies in. That, obviously, would be fruit punch.

Now you might be thinking to yourself, “What weirdo would dunk Oreo cookies into fruit punch?” Well, who has two thumbs and a Pyrex measuring cup filled with fruit punch that has Golden Oreo cookie crumbs floating on top?

This guy!

Nabisco Limited Edition Fruit Punch Oreo Cookies Dunk

For some of you, the idea of just eating Limited Edition Fruit Punch Oreo Cookies sounds gross. It seems like a flavor a food scientist would come up with after drinking a few too many glasses of spiked fruit punch.

And for many of you, the thought of dunking these Limited Edition Fruit Punch Oreo Cookies into fruit punch and then eating the cookie probably sounds even worse. But having done both, I have to say they are not gross.

Nabisco Limited Edition Fruit Punch Oreo Cookies Closeup

From the moment I opened the packaging to the last bit of chewed cookie going down my gullet, I experienced fruit punch. Its smell is spot on. Its flavor is spot on. The color of its Red 40-enhanced creme is spot on. Its texture…well, it’s a cookie so it’s not going to be spot on.

Companies have different interpretations of fruit punch, but the Fruit Punch Oreo cookie’s creme tastes exactly like a product I’ve had in the past. Sadly, I can’t remember what it was (I’m thinking it could be a Popsicle), but the creme has a nice cherry, citrusy flavor, which is also very potent. So if you’re one of those people who really loves to say the word “cloyingly,” these cookies will make your linguistic side happy. I thought the crunchy Golden Oreo wafer would dampen the creme’s flavor, but it does not.

However, even though I can see the fruit punch flavor being a little strong for some, I think these Nabisco Limited Edition Fruit Punch Oreo Cookies are so wonderful that they make me want to strip off my clothes, paint my entire body red, draw a smiling face on my belly with the thickest Sharpie pen using my belly button as a nostril, and then burst through a wall yelling, “Oh yeah!”

(Nutrition Facts – 2 cookies – 140 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 80 milligrams of sodium, 15 milligrams of potassium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, and less than 1 gram of protein.)

Item: Nabisco Limited Edition Fruit Punch Oreo Cookies
Purchased Price: $4.99*
Size: 12.2 oz.
Purchased at: eBay
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Spot on fruit punch aroma, flavor, and color. Has a nice cherry, citrusy flavor. Dunking them into fruit punch is surprisingly not bad. Makes me want to get naked.
Cons: Fruit punch creme might be too potent for some. It’s limited edition and available only at Walmart. Dunking them into milk is probably not a good idea. Makes me want to get naked.

*I had to purchase these on eBay because they were hard to find in my area, but you’ll probably pay somewhere between $2.50 and $3.50, if you buy them at Walmart, where they’re an exclusive flavor.

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REVIEW: Chewy Chips Ahoy! Mocha Chunk Ice Cream Creations

Written by | March 20, 2014

Topics: 5 Rating, Chips Ahoy!, Cookies

Chewy Chips Ahoy! Mocha Chunk Ice Cream Creations

1941: a time of crisis. A time of panic. A time when there was a shortage of All Good Things (flour, butter, sugar, joy). This resulted in a dusty cookie landscape worthy of a B-grade cult horror film. Bakeries left abandoned. Milk glasses untouched. Girl Scout cookies restricted to two boxes per buyer. TWO BOXES.

This all got me thinking: what if this were to happen today? What would I do? How would I survive? Would I be forced to resort to my savage pre-historic instincts? To wrestle, all deranged and googly-eyed, elbowing my way through crowds just to have my pick between Trefoils, Samoas, and Tagalongs???

Struck by a sudden, infinite panic of cookie loss (and without a noble Girl Scout in sight), I sped to my local Target, where I promptly swiped not one but all FOUR new Chips Ahoy! flavors. Basking in my flour/sugar variety, I pulled from the stash the sole cookie that would fill the empty dinosaur in my heart. The dinosaur that craves chocolate and coffee.

Chewy Chips Ahoy! Mocha Chunk Ice Cream Creations A Very Hungry Dinosaur

A very hungry dinosaur.

Straight from the plastic container, these cookies already promise the quelling of said hunger. A single waft from a freshly opened pack and you enter a wonderland filled with sensory bombardment. Circles! Chips! Dips and dots of chocolate-coffee stuff! Yes, I imagine the smell of these cookies could wipe away the Melancholies from my sad, sad neighbor who never cuts her grass.

But then I tried the dough.

You know that moment in Willy Wonka where Gene Wilder bites his crispy flower cup and sings a sorrowful little ditty? That’s exactly how I felt upon tasting these: the smell of everything I hoped for, now deflated, shuffled in the mix of a poof of very bland dough. It was not brown sugary. Not regular sugary. Not even artificially-sweetened, fake-sugared sugary. Nay, this dough tasted like air. Albeit, slightly soft, soft, chewy, chewy air, but air nonetheless.

Chewy Chips Ahoy! Mocha Chunk Ice Cream Creations Chewy chocolatey hotel coffee

Thankfully, there are a few good chips scattered about. The milk chocolate bits are fudgy and milky sweet, adding little pops of hyper-sugary sweetness. Rarer were the mocha chips, which resembled more of a hyper-milked, hotel-room coffee and veered toward overpowering in their Hampton Inn coffee flavor. It was like hoping for a Furi steel blade and getting an off-brand butter knife.

So, yes, I would’ve dug a sharper coffee note and maybe even a crispier, shortbread cookie, but, at the end of the day, these piddly preferences don’t make these morsels any less easy to eat. Indeed, I could eat these on a train. On a plane. On a boat. With a billy goat.

Or as they were destined to be served.

Chewy Chips Ahoy! Mocha Chunk Ice Cream Creations Untitled Cookie Tower #2

I call this “Untitled Cookie Tower #2.”

While somewhat “meh” on their own, these cookies delivered on their most standard promise: to be chewy, gluten-filled two-bite mocha-chipped mini cakes. I’m not quite sure why the dough demands to be so hum-drum, why there aren’t more chips or darker coffee flavors, or how a cookie inspired by a beverage qualifies it as a Ice Cream Creation, but what’s in a name? At the end of the day, my inner dinosaur is satisfied. Perhaps not frolicking in the daisies, but satisfied. That’ll do, Chips Ahoy, that’ll do.

(Nutrition Facts – 2 cookies – 140 calories, 60 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 85 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 12 grams of sugars, and less than 1 gram of protein.)

Item: Chewy Chips Ahoy! Mocha Chunk Ice Cream Creations
Purchased Price: $2.54
Size: 9.5 oz.
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Soft, soft, chewy, chewy. Tasty chocolate-y chips. Pops of coffee-caramel-ish chips. Smell cures the Melancholies. Reason to create “Untitled Cookie Tower #2.”
Cons: Overall feeling is “Meh.” Bland dough. Weak coffee flavor. The Unofficial 1941 Cookie Crisis. Sad neighbors who never cut their grass. Watching Gene Wilder crunch his coffee cup and get all hum-drum. Angry, unfed tyrannosaurus rex of the soul.

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QUICK REVIEW: Nabisco Chewy Chips Ahoy! Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Creations

Written by | March 11, 2014

Topics: 8 Rating, Chips Ahoy!, Cookies

Nabisco Chewy Chips Ahoy! Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Creations

Purchased Price: $2.98
Size: 9.5 oz.
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Divine minty chocolate flavor that’s familiar if you enjoy Andes Crème de Menthe. Wonderful minty chocolate aroma that makes me want to see if any of my Facebook friends have a daughter selling Girl Scout Cookies. The cookies look like they’re rocks from the planet Vrizledor, thanks to the mint green chips and chocolate cookie. The photo below may not make it seem like it, but (almost) every cookie was crammed with mint chips. Crammed with chocolate chips.
Cons: Still prefer Thin Mints over these to satisfy my mint and chocolate cookie cravings, but these will suffice when it’s not Girl Scout Cookie season. They’re not as interesting as the Chips Ahoy Root Beer Float Ice Cream Creations.

Nabisco Chewy Chips Ahoy! Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Creations Closeup

Nutrition Facts: 2 cookies – 140 calories, 50 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 2 grams of monounsaturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 95 milligrams of sodium, 55 milligrams of potassium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

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QUICK REVIEW: Nabisco Chips Ahoy! Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Creations

Written by | March 4, 2014

Topics: 6 Rating, Chips Ahoy!, Cookies

Nabisco Chips Ahoy! Ice Cream Creations Dulce de Leche

Purchased Price: $2.98
Size: 9.5 oz.
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Not horrible, not great, just decent. Love that they’re crunchier than regular Chips Ahoy! cookies, thanks to the dulce de leche-flavored chips. Crammed with dulce de leche chips. Being able to say “dulce de leche” without my tongue getting twisted.
Cons: I’m not sure I would consider its flavor to be a definite dulce de leche; it leans more towards a buttery cookie with a light touch of caramel. I wouldn’t consider dulce de leche to be an ice cream creation; perhaps this flavor should’ve been called “Caramel Milkshake.” Just two cookies provide 1/4 of your daily saturated fat intake. Seems like a very tame flavor choice when compared with the root beer float flavor. Won’t buy them again.

Nabisco Chips Ahoy! Ice Cream Creations Dulce de Leche Closeup

Nutrition Facts: 2 cookies – 160 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 2.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 90 milligrams of sodium, 25 milligrams of potassium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

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REVIEW: Nabisco Limited Edition Marshmallow Crispy Oreo Cookies

Written by | February 27, 2014

Topics: 8 Rating, Cookies, Oreo

Nabisco Limited Edition Marshmallow Crispy Oreo Cookies

I’ve complained on numerous occasions on this blog and to anyone who tries to make small talk with me that it sucks the makers of Kit Kat in the U.S. don’t make a bunch of limited edition flavors like they do in Japan. I understand Hershey’s makes them in the U.S. and Nestle makes them in Japan, but can’t Hershey’s see how awesome it would be to come out with limited editions flavors. Buzzfeed has no reason to make a list of U.S. Kit Kat flavors.

But last year I decided I’m over that because if you think about it, Nabisco Oreo cookies are now our Japanese Kit Kats.

If you look at last year, it’s as if Nabisco stacked a bunch on Oreo flavors and made it rain! There was Watermelon, Mega Stuf, Golden Mega Stuf, Banana Split, Heads or Tails Mega Stuf, and Strawberries n’ Creme. Plus, they also brought back Birthday Cake, Golden Birthday Cake, Gingerbread, Lemon Twist, Candy Corn, Peppermint, Candy Cane, and Rainbow Shure, Bert.

This year, they’ve made Lemon a regular flavor, and introduced Limited Edition Cookie Dough Oreo and these Marshmallow Crispy Oreo. So it appears Nabisco is letting their food scientists’ imaginations run wild again like an artist with a canvas and gallons of paint or a carnival food vendor with a deep fryer.

I know. It’s a bit weird saying, “Marshmallow Crispy.” You want to say, “Rice Krispies Treat” (or even “Marshmallow Treat”), but trademarks and competing global food conglomerates won’t make that happen. Just because Marvel and DC did it, it doesn’t mean everyone could.

The Marshmallow Crispy Oreo combines Golden Oreo wafers, a marshmallow-ish tasting creme, and rice crispy cereal-like bits. I’m saying, “rice crispy cereal-like bits” because the ingredients don’t list anything “rice crisps” or anything like that. The creme feels like it has a less stiff consistency than the stuff you’ll find in a regular Oreo cookie, although it could be the cereal-like bits strewn throughout the creme layer that make my tongue think that.

Nabisco Limited Edition Marshmallow Crispy Oreo Cookies Closeup

The cereal-like bits have a different crunchy texture than the Golden Oreo wafers. As expected, they have a light crispiness, much like a cereal. But their crunch gets mostly lost among the crunch of the Golden Oreo wafers when eating the cookie as a whole. If you’re one of those people who would twist off one of the wafers, toss it and leave it, and let Sir-Mix-A-Lot pull up quick to retrieve it, just so you can lick the creme, the crisps make the creme feel like it’s cleaning your tongue.

When eaten whole, Limited Edition Marshmallow Crispy Oreo does come close to tasting like a marshmallow treat, although there were also times when I thought it tasted like a regular Golden Oreo. It’s less satisfying than an actual Rice Krispies Treat-no stringy marshmallow gooeyness or chewiness-but I consider it to be one of my favorite Oreo varieties ever.

With all the Oreo flavors Nabisco released last year and this year starting off with two great flavors, I’m excited to see what comes next.

Note: I received a free sample of these cookies from Nabisco for this review.

(Nutrition Facts – 2 cookies – 140 calories, 60 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 85 milligrams of sodium, 15 milligrams of potassium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, and less than 1 gram of protein.)

Item: Nabisco Limited Edition Marshmallow Crispy Oreo Cookies
Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 12.2 oz.
Purchased at: Received from Nabisco
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Tastes like a marshmallow crispy treat. One of my favorite Oreo varieties ever. The creme has crispy bits. Nabisco Oreo cookies are United States’ Japanese Kit Kat. Excited to see what other Oreo flavors Nabisco comes out with.
Cons: At times tastes like a regular Golden Oreo. The crispy bits’ crunch gets lost in the crunch of the Golden Oreo wafers. Limited edition (although they easily could make it a regular flavor like they did with Birthday Cake Oreo, which started as a limited edition).

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