Oreo cookies are kind of like the Barbie doll of mass-produced cookies.
They’re simple, but never convincingly imitated. Just like how a Dollar Tree “Fashion Doll” is a poor imitation of the real thing and a Great Value Twist ‘N Shout would never be mistaken for a real Oreo cookie.
At the same time, though, they’re both also flexible enough to become anything imaginable. Just like how you can buy a Barbie that’s a veterinarian, astronaut, president, or whatever else, you can get your Oreo double-stuffed, thin, chocolate-covered, in ice cream, in Cool Whip, AND in any kind of off-the-wall flavor the mad scientists over at Nabisco can dream up!
Three varieties were released from the Flavor Lab this time around: Cherry Cola, Kettle Corn, and Pina Colada. Being that I hate kettle corn and I don’t know what a real pina colada tastes like, the Cherry Cola one ended up in my cart.
Breaking open the seal, I instantly picked up on a distinct cherry aroma with a few hints of cocoa coming through. I don’t think many people take the time to fully appreciate the smell of deliciousness when they first tear into a bag of junk food, but that’s a mistake. Just think: all that flavor has been sealed inside for a while, waiting for you to enjoy! Wouldn’t it be a terrible waste to not savor every part of it?
The cookies themselves use standard chocolate Oreo wafers with a red and white filling to carry the cherry cola flavor across. The filling has little popping candies inside, which I guess is to mimic the carbonation aspect of soda.
At first, the Dutched cocoa in the wafers dominated my palate, but the fruity flavor popped in after a minute, and the whole cookie actually tasted like a cherry cola.
And by “popped in,” I mean the cherry flavor popped in! The popping candies in the crème are cherry flavored, and they start popping all over the place once you really get to chewing. You can’t wolf these down if you want to get the full effect, but they’re awesome if you take the time to savor each bite and let all the little candies mirror the bubbliness of soda.
While munching on them, they got me thinking: If Oreo is Milk’s Favorite Cookie, is this one cherry cola’s favorite?
After dunking a few into some Cherry Coke Zero, I think the two are better enjoyed apart from one another. Dunking them ruins the popping candies, which makes them tastes less like the beverage, weirdly enough. They do make pretty good buddies, though. So while I wouldn’t recommend you dunk your Cherry Cola Oreo Cookies into actual cherry cola, having a glass on the side complements it perfectly!
(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, 21 grams of total carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 13 grams of sugars, and less than 1 gram of protein.)
Purchased Price: $2.98
Size: 10.7 oz.
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Actually tastes like a cherry cola! Cherry cola flavor doesn’t overpower the Oreo-ness of the Oreo wafers. Super fun popping candies to imitate carbonation!
Cons: Dunking ruins the popping candies. Most likely only available for a limited time. A whole row isn’t considered a proper “serving”.