REVIEW: Limited Edition Neapolitan Oreo Cookies (2022)

Limited Edition Neapolitan Oreo Cookies  2022 Package

The original Triple Double Neapolitan Oreo debuted 11 years ago. It was stacked like a Big Mac with a Golden Oreo wafer, strawberry creme, a middle wafer, chocolate creme, and ending with a top wafer.

Of course, that’s the only way Nabisco could do it back then because it didn’t have the Oreo production technology it has now. Back in 2011, who would’ve thought that it would be possible to create flavored wafers or make the creme layers thin enough that three could be stacked on top of each other, avoiding a cookie that looks like the equivalent of a New York pastrami sandwich if it used the original creme’s thickness.

Limited Edition Neapolitan Oreo Cookies  2022 Layers

But here we are in 2022 with a Neapolitan Oreo reboot with two waffle cone-flavored wafers with vanilla, strawberry, AND chocolate cremes stacked sloppily on each other as if they’re celebrating a national championship or something.

So is this 2022 version better than the 2011 one? Yes. Although the original was given a 5 out of 10, so the bar was a bit low to begin with. But this one is automatically better because its execution is much improved. As for its flavor, it’s a slight upgrade from the 2011 offering.

Limited Edition Neapolitan Oreo Cookies  2022 Side

With some bites, the strawberry creme came through more, while it was the chocolate with others. The standard Oreo creme is there, but there’s not much to say because it seems it’s there more for show to complete the Neapolitan ice cream look and to increase the sugar content. This would taste the same if the white creme wasn’t there. The three layers cause the cookie to taste too sweet for my taste buds, and they were satisfied eating one or two of them. Of course, your taste buds may vary.

Limited Edition Neapolitan Oreo Cookies  2022 Wafer

As for the waffle cone-flavored wafers, they have a noticeable cinnamon flavor, which makes them taste graham cracker-flavored. Their crunch is slightly different from a regular Oreo wafer, and it might be enough to trick oneself into thinking it’s waffle cone-like.

Overall, this 2022 version of Neapolitan Oreo is good, but not “OMG, I hope this is around FOREVER!!!” great. However, you should pick it up because with this cookie, with its flavored wafers, different wafer designs, thinner creme layers, and multiple creme layers on top of each other, you can experience a showcase of what Oreo has learned to do since the first Neapolitan Oreo.

Purchased Price: $4.00
Size: 13.2 oz package
Purchased at: Times Supermarket
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2 cookies) 180 calories, 9 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 80 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar (16 grams of added sugar), and less than 1 gram of protein.

REVIEW: ICEE Cherry and Blue Raspberry Creme Filled Cookies

ICEE Cookies Cherry Package

ICEE has launched a new line of sandwich cookies that are meant to evoke the flavors of its iconic frozen drinks. The press release states that “fans can enjoy the classic pop and fizz of their favorite carbonated beverage in a delicious crème filled cookie.” This intriguing concept seems to indicate that the crème contains pieces of popping candy. The cookies feature cherry or blue raspberry crème sandwiched between vanilla wafers.

I decided to try the cherry flavor first, as that would be the most familiar to me. In my youth, I always drank the cherry or cola-flavored ICEEs. I opened the package and my sense of smell was walloped by an intense artificial cherry aroma. It was shockingly potent.

ICEE Cookies Cherry Creme

I pulled a cookie out and twisted it apart, exposing the fluorescent crème. I jumped right in and pulled the crème off with my tongue. The flavor immediately reminded me of an actual cherry ICEE. It was saccharine, but not overbearing. It was an artificial cherry flavoring, but never veered into cough syrup territory. There were tiny crunchy bits integrated throughout the crème. I could feel a very mild sensation of effervescence, but it was much more understated than expected. It wasn’t exactly “fizzy.”

ICEE Cookies Logo

The cookies themselves had a faint vanilla flavor, but not nearly enough to be considered a “vanilla wafer.” They tasted closer to a nondescript shortbread, but it doesn’t particularly matter since they exist solely as a vessel for the crème. The cookie allowed the crème to take center stage.

ICEE Cookies Blue Raspberry Package

I then opened the blue raspberry package and was greeted with a softer yet still immediately familiar aroma. I employed the same approach and tried the crème on its own first. It was a standard blue raspberry flavor, but was noticeably sweeter, stronger, and more artificial tasting than the cherry. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a blue raspberry ICEE, so I can’t speak to its accuracy. Oddly, the blue raspberry cookies seemed to have more popping candy in the crème, which helped to make them feel slightly fizzier. When eating a whole cookie, it felt like a somewhat disjointed experience. The crème filling was just too domineering.

ICEE Cookies Blue Raspberry Creme

For me, the cherry-flavored ICEE cookies feel like a more cohesive presentation. The vanilla-esque wafers work better with the cherry-flavored crème. I will be the first to admit that my judgment could be clouded by nostalgia, though. Had I consumed blue raspberry ICEEs by the bucketload as a child, perhaps I’d have a different opinion.

ICEE Cookies Bear

The ICEE cookies are a unique idea with an underwhelming execution. If the crème filling had more (or more effective) popping candy, these would be even better. An improved wafer would also elevate the experience. If you’re a big ICEE fan, then these may be worth your time for flavor alone. I would steer clear, though, if the only appeal is the popping candy in the crème.

Purchased Price: $3.28 each
Size: 13 oz. package
Purchased at: Fry’s
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Cherry), 6 out of 10 (Blue Raspberry)
Nutrition Facts: (2 cookies) 140 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 160 milligrams of sodium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

REVIEW: Limited Edition Mocha Caramel Latte Oreo Cookies

Limited Edition Mocha Caramel Latte Oreo Cookies Package

When Oreo announced its new limited edition flavor, I thought it was Groundhogs’ Day. Haven’t we seen a coffee-flavored one already?!

After scavenging this site’s archives, there have been the following varieties:

Okay, close, but not quite this exact flavor. I see you, Mondelez! There’s basically no additional R&D needed if you just mash up previous cremes, right? After Oreo runs out of existing mash-ups, I wouldn’t be surprised if we started seeing savory flavors like the current state of the ice cream aisle…

Limited Edition Mocha Caramel Latte Oreo Cookies Uneven

Lack of uniqueness aside, it’s still a tasty Oreo. When I opened the package, the smell reminded me of 7-Eleven or Meijer Express, and I mean that in a good way. It’s that very distinct smell of syrupy, artificially aromatic coffee. It’s almost Pavlovian for me as I can just hear the ding of the door opening and the sweet coffee aroma immediately tickling my nostrils. The scent also helped me overlook how messy the creme looked. I was surprised not to see neat rows.

Limited Edition Mocha Caramel Latte Oreo Cookies Layers

This scent comes from the dual creme layers of supposedly mocha latte and caramel. I say supposedly because the tan part carries the team. It has all the flavor, so I thought it was caramel latte filling. I tried the darker brown creme repeatedly, but I couldn’t pick up anything distinct except for a flat, sweet note. So, I concluded that it was there just visual interest. I thought the darker brown filling was gratuitous because the cookie itself did a fine job being the chocolate portion of mocha. It also added a much-needed depth, a counterpoint to the caramel sweetness. Can you tell that I’m #TeamCookie?

But apparently, it’s mocha latte and caramel cremes. I really didn’t get that at all, and I have gingerly peeled apart the layers on many a cookie at this point.

Limited Edition Mocha Caramel Latte Oreo Cookies Peeling

Overall, there have been more exciting limited edition Oreo cookies, but I think this did the job of emulating a caramel mocha latte. I am, however, still left wondering if Oreo’s coffee flavors have caffeine in them.

Limited Edition Mocha Caramel Latte Oreo Cookies Dip

Regardless, I’ve started to dip these cookies into an espresso as my afternoon treat and it’s getting out of hand! Where’s the family-size pack of limited edition flavors when you need ’em?!

Purchased Price: $3.98
Size: 12.2 oz
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2 cookies) 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 90 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and less than 1 gram of protein.

REVIEW: Girl Scout Adventurefuls Cookies

Girl Scouts Adventurefuls Box

What are Girl Scout Adventurefuls Cookies?

The Girl Scouts are back, hocking a new salted caramel brownie cookie for all to enjoy.

How are they?

Girl Scouts Adventurefuls Top

Make no mistake, these are good. I’d say they’re the best new Girl Scout Cookie flavor in at least a decade, but man, did they bungle the texture.

You’ve got a brownie-based cookie, and it’s as hard as a cookie could be. Now, some may like that. This is a COOKIE, after all, not a brownie… but I really question why they decided to go this route.

Girl Scouts Adventurefuls Bite

You know that corner brownie piece that’s harder than the rest of the squares but still has a firm chewiness to it? If these cookies were that texture, they’d be rivals to the Girl Scout cookie throne.

The cookie itself tastes like a brownie, but with such a hard, crunchy texture, it takes away from the enjoyment of the flavor. They were so close, yet so far away.

Anything else you need to know?

I would have probably forgiven the cookie more if the salted caramel flavored “crème” was actual crème, not hard synthetic plastic. Yeah, even the crème is texturally off. It’s not an icing, but more like a thin layer of Hershey’s chocolate, and the caramel flavor doesn’t really pop at all. It gets swallowed by the dense brownie chocolate flavor almost instantly.

This cookie isn’t “full” of “adventure” at all, unless they’re talking about the salt, which I will say does come through and is a great choice on their part.

Conclusion:

Girl Scouts Adventurefuls Tray

Far be it from me to tell those adorable little scouts how to make their cookies, but if these were brownie edge textured cookies, with a “crème” center similar to, let’s say, a Stella D’oro Swiss Fudge? I’m re-ordering five boxes.

As they are, they’re still good – Top 5 even. I’d rank ’em just behind Samoas, Thin Mints, and Tagalongs, but they could’ve been a 9 out of 10. If any Women Scouts of America in charge of cookie decisions are reading this, please consider softening these up next year. I alone will probably put you over your sales quota.

Purchased Price: $5.00
Size: 6.3 oz box
Purchased at: Girl Scouts of America
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2 Cookies) 120 calories, 6 grams of fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 80 milligrams of sodium, 16 grams of total carbohydrates, 9 grams of total sugars, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

REVIEW: Limited Edition Chocolate Confetti Cake Oreo Cookies

Chocolate Confetti Cake Oreo Cookies Package

In celebration of Oreo’s 110th birthday, Mondelez has released Limited Edition Chocolate Confetti Cake cookies. Oreo is the world’s most successful cookie, sold in over 100 countries with sales of more than $500 billion. Isn’t it a bit gauche for a rich and famous cookie to ask us to buy something for its 110th birthday? I’m getting “Bilbo celebrating his eleventy-first birthday” vibes from this. But, like a good little hobbit, I can’t help but attend and see how the food is.

The cookie contains two crème layers: standard chocolate and a buttercream-flavored white crème with confetti mixed in. They’re sandwiched between classic chocolate Oreo wafers sprinkled with even more confetti.

Birthday cake flavor can be tricky to get right, and it takes a special kind of alchemy to distill the essence of birthday cake and infuse it into a snack. I felt regular Birthday Cake Oreo were a rare misfire from the brand. They tasted too artificial, less like alchemical magic, and more like a laboratory accident.

Chocolate Confetti Cake Oreo Cookies Wafer

These are much better. The confetti is eye-catching and stands out from the dark cookie. The buttercream filling has a creamier flavor than the standard white crème, though it’s also a little artificial tasting. However, the chocolate crème and cookies manage to overpower that defect. The result is a creamy chocolate cake flavor that evokes a real cake. They’re maybe even better with milk than regular Oreo.

Chocolate Confetti Cake Oreo Cookies Creme

You may ask how I figured out the white crème tastes bad by itself if the two layers are smushed together. You see, like a hobbit, my social life revolves around food. I have a Cookie Friend. My friend and I sample every new Oreo, carefully assess, and then rank them. We’re methodical in our process, so we pried the two fillings apart to critique them independently. He pointed out these cookies seemed grittier than regular Oreo, and perhaps it’s due to the confetti. I don’t know if I agree, but you don’t disregard the opinion of your Cookie Friend, so I’m reporting it here. Then again, he also thinks that Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Oreo are good dunked in Screwball peanut butter whiskey, so can you really trust his judgment?

Chocolate Confetti Cake is an excellent addition. I think they’re a natural addition to Oreo’s growing collection of flavors, and Mondelez should consider making them permanent. These are a limited edition, so I recommend grabbing them when you see them.

Purchased Price: $4.50
Size: 12.2 oz (345g)
Purchased at: Oreo.com
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (Two cookies) 140 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 95 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 13 grams of sugar including 13 grams added sugar, and 1 gram of protein.