SPOTTED: Blue Bell Cookies ‘n Cream Cheesecake Ice Cream

Blue Bell Cookies 'n Cream Cheesecake Ice Cream.

This latest Blue Bell flavor features a cheesecake ice cream blended with chocolate cookie crusted cheesecake pieces and chocolate crème-filled cookies.(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

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REVIEW: Limited Edition Oreo Mint Chip Cookies

After finally letting its freak flag fly again with spring’s divisive Sour Patch Kids Oreo, Nabisco is back to playing it safe with a creamy crowd-pleaser for the summer — Limited Edition Mint Chip.

Sure, mint as a dessert can cause some controversy in its own right, but most Oreo fans have been clamoring for more fruity or experimental and unique flavors, so a slight twist on an already existing flavor from the permanent lineup seems kind of…underwhelming? But that doesn’t mean they are bad! In fact, the new Mint Chip Oreo with mint chip-flavored creme and chocolatey chips is actually pretty good.

It should go without saying, because why else would I pay nearly SIX dollars for a bag of Oreo cookies, that chocolate and mint is a favorite combination of mine. Specifically, as a kid, I loved mint chip ice cream, and while it doesn’t take precedence over chocolate and peanut butter or most things sweet and salty, I still love it as an adult. This brings me to a point I want to make before digging into the meat of this review.

If you’re feeling a sense of deja vu, yes, there was a Mint Chocolate Chip Oreo five years ago that was a branded collaboration with Baskin Robbins. But that featured a dual layer of mint and chocolate creme, whereas this only has one. Both flavors came out in July to celebrate International Ice Cream Month, and this new one drops the BR tie-in in favor of a more generic “mint chip” moniker. While this 2024 spin wisely excludes the layer of chocolate creme, it also adds some waffle cone design to one side of the cookie. Does it change the flavor at all? Nope, but it sure looks cool!

The taste of the creme is definitely minty, but it’s also quite creamy and almost vanilla-y. There’s a chance the branding is playing a trick on my brain, but I get much more of a mint ice cream feeling than the regular mint Oreo. This filling is milder in mint, and surprisingly, I can taste and feel the little chocolate flecks. The type of mint is almost identical to that of a Thin Mint but a bit more subdued — not a strong peppermint or anything aggressive. The hints of chocolate impart an additional creaminess and sweetness without any additional crunch the way a chocolate chip does, similar to the shavings of chocolate in a BR or Jeni’s ice cream. The creme is also very soft, and that pronounced creamy squish against the firm chocolate crunch of the wafer really does emulate a scoop in a waffle bowl.

I am a mint chocolate fan, so I like these cookies. If you are a frequent purchaser or general enthusiast of the Mint Oreo, I think these are juuuust different enough to warrant a pickup for curiosity and pleasure’s sake. I went into these with decently mid-level-to-low expectations and I’m surprised by how much these creme-filled cookies remind me of an ice cream-filled cone.

Purchased Price: $5.49
Size: 10.68 oz pack
Purchased at: Nob Hill
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2 cookies) 140 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 90 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and less than 1 gram of protein.

SPOTTED: 7/16/2024

Here are some interesting new products found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of them, share your thoughts in the comments.

McCormick Taste That’s Im-Peck-Able Flavor Maker
McCormick You Crack Me Up Flavor Maker
McCormick I Beg Your Garden Flavor Maker
McCormick I’m Great in Bread Flavor Maker
Mccormick I’m So Hooked Flavor Maker
McCormick Everything’s Gonna Be All-Rice Flavor Maker
McCormick Feelin’ Kinda Spicy Flavor Maker
McCormick Get A Pizza This Flavor Maker

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Superpretzel Soft Pretzel Buns

(Spotted by Hydi M at Giant Eagle.)

Member’s Mark Pizza Style Dip & Spread

(Spotted by Robbie at Sam’s Club.)

Beyond Burger Jalapeno Cheddar-Style Patties

(Spotted by Robbie at H-E-B.)

Goodles Gluten Free Vegan Be Heroes

We covered the other Gluten Free flavor earlier. (Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

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SPOTTED: Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish Snapple Fruit Flavor Mixes

Sour Patch Kids Snapple Fruit Flavor Mix.

Swedish Fish Snapple Fruit Flavor Mix.

Snapple Fruit Flavor Mixes.

I wish this went a little deeper than regular Snapple flavors and went with Snapple Elements flavors. (Spotted by @DnCSnacksterZ at Acme Markets.)

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SPOTTED: Nesquik Cinnamon Churro Mix

Nesquik Cinnamon Churro Mix.

I haven’t had any of the Nesquik flavors released over the past few years. Are they good? (Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

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