REVIEW: International Delight Oreo Coffee Creamer

International Delight Oreo Coffee Creamer

I like my coffee how I like my superheroes — masked and from far away lands.

How masked do I like my daily cup of Joe?

Well, here’s my coffee-to-creamer ratio that some of you will ridicule me for — for every cup of coffee, I add 1/4 cup of creamer. The beverages I make this way, hot or cold, have just enough coffee flavor to peek through the clouds of sugar and natural and artificial flavors in the creamer.

However, even at that sweet, sweet ratio, with International Delight’s new Oreo Creamer, I can taste the java more than I can taste anything that reminds me of Oreo’s dark cocoa flavor.

But that distinct chocolate wafer flavor does come out when drinking it by itself. When pouring it into my mouth, it tastes as if International Delight used whatever process non-dairy milk producers took to make cashew and almond milk and applied it to Oreo cookies. There aren’t any cookies crumbs floating in it, but I recommend shaking it very well every time you pour it because there are some sweet dregs at the bottom of the bottle.

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But who drinks creamer straight from the bottle?

(Looks out into the internet.)

Okay, a few of you.

But for most, it’s mixed with coffee, and this is where it becomes not s-Oreo impressive.

There are moments when I think I’m about to get to the distinct dark cocoa, but then it disappears. And to get to that point, I have to focus super hard, like trying to bend a spoon with my mind. Even adding a few more splashes of creamer doesn’t turn the Oreo dial up a notch.

Instead, the medium roast coffee I poured it in has a mild generic mocha flavor. It’s tasty, but not what I was hoping for. It’s astounding to me how it strongly tastes like liquid Oreo when consumed by itself, but there’s no trace of that signature cookie when combined with coffee.

International Delight’s Oreo Creamer is fine, but, again, it’s not what I expected or wanted, and it’s no International Delight Reese’s Creamer, which makes coffee taste Reese’s-y and I’ve bought more times than I’d like to admit. Although, since you know I use 1/4 cup of creamer for every cup of coffee, I drink coffee daily, and the Reese’s one has been out for a year, you can do the math.

DISCLOSURE: I received a sample from International Delight, which did not influence my review.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 Tbsp – 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 25 milligrams of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 32 fl. oz. bottle
Purchased at: Received from International Delight
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Tastes like Oreo when consumed by itself. May not give coffee an Oreo vibe, but it does give it a mocha vibe.
Cons: Oreo not noticeable when added to coffee. How quickly I go through bottles of creamer.

QUICK REVIEW: International Delight Limited Edition Oreo Iced Coffee

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What is it?

Since the coffee flavor triumvirate of Mocha, Vanilla, and Caramel has already been showcased, International Delight’s Iced Coffee has decided to expand their line with a limited-edition Oreo flavor. It comes in a nice hefty half gallon container and is made with real milk and cream. It’s basically a ready-to-drink cookies and cream iced coffee.

How is it?

I wasn’t sure how Oreo in coffee would translate exactly, but they pretty much nailed the flavor profile. Taking a few sips makes me think instantly of Oreo cookies as if someone had secretly crushed some up and mixed them into my drink just before I had taken a sip.

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The cream part of the Oreo is hard to distinguish since most iced coffees usually always contain some creamy element. The cookie part, though, wow! It tastes exactly how I would expect it to, and even the smell is indistinguishable as a chocolatey wafer cookie. There is a nice coffee base flavor to it that still comes through and it’s not too rich or sweet that I find some ready to drink iced coffees to be. (I’m looking at you Frappuccinos!)

Is there anything else I need to know?

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The coffee has a slightly darker tone than maybe a regular flavor, but otherwise, the appearance is not immediately visible to be related to an Oreo. It would have been nice if there were actual cookie bits throughout to add an interesting visual element but you can’t have it all.

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In addition, the carton has one side with a neat idea to freeze some up and add to your iced coffee in lieu of ice cubes. I highly recommend it as it does elevate the whole experience. Nobody likes watered down coffee. Nobody!

Conclusion:

This is a pretty delectable iced coffee, perfect as a creamy caffeinated treat during the hot summer months. If you’re tired of the same old coffee flavors and love Oreo cookies, then give this a try as you won’t be disappointed.

Purchased Price: $3.56
Size: Half gallon
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 cup) 120 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 240 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 20 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

QUICK REVIEW: Starbucks Salted Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew

Starbucks Salted Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew

What is it?

Starbucks is continuing down its cold foam path with a new summery iced beverage, the Salted Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew. It’s description says it best – it’s the “signature, super smooth Cold Brew. sweetened with a touch of caramel and topped with a salted, rich cold foam.”

How is it?

I liked this drink, but I didn’t love it. My friendly barista, who knows me by name (being a Starbucks regular was on my bucket list, so I’m living the dream), likened it to the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew but with caramel.

Let me give you this warning: If you don’t like the idea of salt in your coffee, do NOT try this drink. My first sip was very salty, and I wasn’t sure how the rest of the experience would go.

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Fortunately, it did look up: The Cold Brew itself was very smooth and subtly sweet. I didn’t taste too much caramel, but the salt could have overpowered that. Once the salt and the cold foam settled, I enjoyed the way it dispersed into the cold brew. That part did remind me of the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew – it became a creamier drink, in a good way.

Is there anything else I need to know?

This was the first time I tried one of the cold foam lids and sipped straight out of it, and I give it two thumbs up. Don’t throw your coffee grounds at me, but I was one of those people still sticking a straw in when I would order the cold foam cappuccinos Starbucks released earlier this year. But now that I’ve gone strawless, I won’t look back.

Conclusion:

The Salted Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew is most definitely worth a try. But if you don’t like a salty-and-sweet combo, it may not be for you.

Purchased Price: $4.45
Size: Tall
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (Tall) – 160 calories, 10 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 240 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 17 grams of sugars, 1 grams of protein, and 140 milligrams of caffeine.

REVIEW: McDonald’s Cold Brew Frozen Coffee

McDonald s Cold Brew Frozen Coffee

Superman is Clark Kent without glasses and a suit.

McDonald’s Cold Brew Frozen Coffee is the Golden Arches’ Cold Brew Frappe without the whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.

While it’s hard to believe no one realizes Mr. Kent is the Man of Steel, it’s easy to see the Cold Brew Frozen Coffee is a Cup of Slush.

The fast food behemoth’s newest attempt to cool and caffeinate you at the same time is a combo of the chain’s new cold brew coffee Frappe base and ice that ends up looking like a chocolate shake. Sadly, McDonald’s isn’t offering a non-frozen version of the beverage. Although, if you wanted a less crystalline drink, you could buy this and let it melt in the summer sun.

With McDonald’s Frappe, the whipped topping, drizzle, and syrup in and on it create a coffee camouflage that does a great job at hiding from your taste buds the fact you’re drinking java.

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This blended beverage is still sweet and creamy, like a Frappe, but without the added sugary ingredients, the coffee flavor stands out a bit more. The cold brew process creates a sweeter and smoother cup of joe than hot brewed, but it’s impossible to tell in this since it comes with a bunch of sugar and cream.

Although I didn’t try the Frappe version, this has the right level of dairy and sweetness for me. Whenever I order a Frappe or a Starbucks Frappuccino, there’s almost always a point when it gets too cloying and I don’t want to finish it (but I somehow find the strength to muscle through it). But with this, I sucked the whole thing through a straw without hesitation.

Okay, not completely without hesitation. There were moments when I had to pause due to brain freeze.

Because I like my McDonald’s java drinks to be sugary, creamy, and made with a proprietary coffee base, this is right up my caffeinated alley. So if you enjoy McDonald’s Frappe beverages, but wished there was something that tastes and looks less like a dessert, the Cold Brew Frozen Coffee might be for you.

Of course, if you have coffee running through your veins from a country I can’t find on a map, you will probably shun this delicious combo of cold, coffee, caffeine, cream, and sweet crystals.

(Nutrition Facts – small – 290 calories, 100 calories from fat, 11 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 120 milligrams of sodium, 41 grams of carbohydrates, 34 grams of sugar, 0 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $2.50
Size: Small
Rating: 9 out of 10
Pros: A delicious combo of cold, coffee, caffeine, cream, and sweet crystals. Tasty way to get caffeinated. No whipped cream, syrup, or drizzle to mask the coffee’s flavor. Not cloying like a Frappe (but still sweet).
Cons: Hard to notice the nuances of cold brew coffee. Was so easy to drink that I got brain freeze. Unknown amount of caffeine. McDonald’s cold brew should also come in a non-frozen form.

QUICK REVIEW: Dunkin’ Donuts Cookies & Cream Bottled Iced Coffee

Dunkin Donuts Cookies  Cream Bottled Iced Coffee

What is it?

It’s the first new flavor added to the Dunkin’ Donuts line of ready-to-drink bottled iced coffee, joining Original, Espresso, Mocha, and French Vanilla. It’s available at Dunkin’ Donuts locations and other retailers. I believe it’s currently the only way to get a cookies & cream iced coffee from Dunkin’.

How is it?

Here’s the good news — it’s mostly mochalicious.

Here’s the bad news — it’s mostly mochalicious.

Unless you’re one of those people who have a special tongue that can detect the slightest nuances in flavors, you will think to yourself, “This is a tasty bottled mocha iced coffee.” But then you’ll remember it’s supposed to be “cookies & cream” and then you’ll wonder if your tongue is broken because you don’t taste anything that would make you think of cookies & cream.

But don’t worry, it’s not broken. For the most part, it doesn’t differentiate itself from any of the multiple “mocha” beverages I’ve caffeinated myself with over the years.

In the aftertaste, there’s a very slight cocoa flavor that, I guess, could be considered cookies & cream, but I want that in the duringtaste.

Is there anything else I need to know?

You know how some products say “Shake Well”? Well, shake this well because there’s a lot of sediment on the bottom of the bottle and it takes some tectonic plate-level shaking to make it disappear.

Also, there are a whopping 189 milligrams of sweet, sweet caffeine per bottle.

Conclusion:

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Cookies & Cream Bottled Iced Coffee is a mochacceptable bottled iced coffee. But if you’re hoping for some C&C flavor in your coffee, you probably won’t taste it with this.

Purchased Price:
Size: 13.7 oz. bottle
Purchased at: Dunkin’ Donuts
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 bottle) 290 calories, 9 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 100 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 41 grams of sugar, and 8 grams of protein.