REVIEW: Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cups

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cups

Not content with occupying half an aisle with its 150 flavors (slightly exaggerated, obviously, but have you seen how many there are?), Duncan Hines expands its Perfect Size for 1 cake mix line to include other established brands and fun toppings.

There are four flavors at the moment – Chocolate Chip Cake Mix with Chips Ahoy Cookie Pieces, Chocolate Cake Mix with Chocolate Candy Pieces, Cookies and Cream Cake Mix with Oreo Cookie Pieces, and S’mores Cake Mix with Honey Maid Graham Cracker Pieces.

They all have straightforward instructions like the previous mug mixes – it’s pretty much add water, stir, and microwave! One interesting thing is that while the official instructions tell you to sprinkle the toppings on after baking there is also a suggestion to try them blended in before nuking. I decided to do both and put some of the toppings in before and then sprinkled some afterward so that I could have the full experience.

Chips Ahoy

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cup Chips Ahoy

This one had a nice and fluffy texture with good chocolate flavor throughout. Considering it’s a microwaveable powdered cake mix it’s not entirely fair to compare to a regular cake. It’s all about being economical and convenient, and this suffices in that regard. Sure, it could be a little more moist and flavorful, but it gets the job done.

I had a hunch the reason the toppings are added later is that the cooking process would affect them and that was the case with this one especially. The pieces added before blending in too well by turning into different colored elements of the cake. Those added later maintained their consistency and added a nice crunch. The chocolate pieces added a decadent touch and seemed evenly dispersed. In essence, this is like a very simplistic version of a dessert at a fancy restaurant in which it would be called Chocolate Chip Cookie – TWO WAYS.

Purchased Price: $3.19*
Size: 2.4 oz. cup
Purchased at: ShopFoodEx.com
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 Container) 300 calories, 9 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 350 milligrams of sodium, 51 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 29 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Candy Coated Chocolates

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cup Not M Ms

This one is heavy on the chocolate, like really, really heavy and almost to the point of being too rich. It’s a one-note chocolate cake with more chocolate. I’m sensing a theme here as the toppings seem to be the stars here.

The cake part, like the previous one, was serviceable as it was nice and fluffy, but a little dry. The bootleg M&M’s though are amazing in this one and make up for the mediocre cake. Whether you add them before baking or after, the heat melts them so that the insides are like molten chocolate. It’s like you’re digging for treasure and when you find one of the candies, it’s oh so satisfying. Again, the crunch adds another satisfying element when eating this. This one is a joyous textural adventure through chocolate.

Purchased Price: $3.19*
Size: 2.4 oz. cup
Purchased at: ShopFoodEx.com
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 Container) 290 calories, 8 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 350 milligrams of sodium, 53 grams of carbohydrates, 2 gram of fiber, 32 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Oreo

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cup Oreo

Not breaking with the trend with the others, this was also fluffy, but a bit dry. It has Oreo cookie crumbles as part of the batter with what seemed like white chocolate chips.

With the topping, there’s a little bit of a cookies and cream flavor, but this whole endeavor ended up tasting mostly like sugar to me even though it has about the same amount as the other three. The white chips weren’t large enough to stay molten, so they blended in and faded away, while the Oreo topping pieces weren’t as crunchy as I was expecting them to be. In a nutshell, this was a lightly chocolatey and creamy, but way too sweet cake.

Purchased Price: $3.19*
Size: 2.4 oz. cup
Purchased at: ShopFoodEx.com
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 1 Container – 300 calories, 9 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 380 milligrams of sodium, 52 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 29 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Honey Maid

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cup Honey Maid

This one perplexed me. I prepared it in the same way as the others, but the cake here turned out to be a little gummy, which was very odd. It’s supposed to be a s’mores base, but I didn’t get any of that except for the little bits of chocolate.

There’s no graham flavor even though I added a few of the pieces and there’s certainly no marshmallow even if I did see a few white chips buried in there. The graham pieces were a nice addition that added a bit of extra flavor, but they were not as crunchy as the other toppings. Unfortunately, though, nothing could save this one as I couldn’t get past the weird texture.

Purchased Price: $3.19*
Size: 2.5 oz. cup
Purchased at: ShopFoodEx.com
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 1 Container – 310 calories, 9 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 25 milligrams of cholesterol, 370 milligrams of sodium, 55 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 30 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Other Things:

  • You’ll notice that three of four are all well-known brands. This is because Duncan Hines partnered up with Mondelez to gain access to their snacking portfolio that includes those three. M&M’s, though? It’s another company entirely, so I’m assuming it wasn’t worth the effort, hence why the generic candy-coated chocolates make an appearance.
  • Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cups Before Baking

  • I tried the toppings both as an add-in with the cake batter and afterward on top. Here are my suggestions for you: Chips Ahoy – Add them later as they pretty much vanish once cooked. Candy Coated Chocolates – Do what I did and put half before and half after. You will get a range of molten chocolate that’s glorious. Cookies and Cream – The batter already contains small bits of the Oreo wafer so save them all to add as toppings. Honey Maid – I would skip this one entirely but if you do partake, add the graham as a topping.
  • Regardless of the actual food product, one thing that’s a total upgrade with these is the single serve cup. With the boxed versions, you had to take the plunge on four servings and with so many different flavors to try one may end up with too many extras. Also, all you have to dirty up to indulge is a spoon whereas previously it was a spoon, mug, and measuring utensil.

*Editor’s Note: The cups were purchased from an online grocer, so the prices are slightly higher than they are at stores.

REVIEW: Fudge Covered Nutter Butter and Oreo Cookies

Fudge Covered Nutter Butter and Oreo Cookies

What is fudge?

Baby don’t hurt me. Don’t hurt me. No more.

My apologies for burdening you with that musical earworm, but I had to. You’re bobbing your head to the right like Will Ferrell right now, aren’t you? Yeah, you are.

Ok, but seriously, what is fudge?

When I hear “fudge,” I think of those chewy, gritty squares kept under glass at confectionary shops or Judy Blume books. What I don’t think of is this thin layer of waxy chocolate new “Fudge Covered” Nutter Butter and Oreo cookies are trying to pass off as the stuff.

I mean, we all know and love the cookies here, the fudge is supposed to be the draw, no? Is it even worth pulling these off the shelf when the old reliable Oreo and Nutter Butter are two feet away for the taking?

I guess that’s what I’m here to tell you, eh?

Let’s start with Nutter Butter because I’m ecstatic that classic cookie is getting some shine in the age of 4,839,320 new Oreo variations.

Fudge Covered Nutter Butter Cookies

Are you a fan of Peanut Butter Girl Scout cookies? I personally love Do-si-dos and Tagalongs, and I bet most do as well. Have you ever wished they somehow combined them into one super cookie? Well, here ya go.

These are basically a crispier, thicker Tagalong. They’re a bit dry, and the “fudge” masks the peanut butter slightly, but they’re great. I can’t stress enough how happy I am to see a spin on Nutter Butter. These coupled with the cereal have really made me appreciate a cookie that I often forget exists.

I almost feel like the Oreo version doesn’t need a review. Chances are you’ve had some kind of chocolate covered Oreo in your lifetime, and I’d wager to bet you enjoyed it. I can happily tell you that these won’t let you down. I ate seven of these with no regrets, and I usually max out on four Oreo cookies per sitting.

Fudge Covered Oreo Cookies

It’s an Oreo cookie with a chocolate coating, and while we’re not talking about decadent Belgian chocolate here (more on that in a few) it’s still an excellent combo. These are the inverse of those delicious Milka Oreo candy bars, with there being a lot more cookie than chocolate, obviously.

As good as they are, I do wish the chocolate quality was closer to Milka brand. That’s my one nitpick.

The second Google definition of “fudge” is “an instance of faking or ambiguity,” so I guess I can’t accuse Nabisco of false advertising, but I think the coating might disappoint some fudge purists.

It didn’t ruin my enjoyment, but it really is just a plasticky glob of chocolate. It’s so thin that I wouldn’t say it was necessarily bursting with too much flavor either.

That nitpick aside, I basically loved em. I’m just left confused as to what constitutes “fudge covered” vs. “chocolate covered.” Either way, go grab a box of each.

Oh, and sorry again about the earworm. You can stop bobbing your heads now.

Purchased Price: $3.99 each
Size: 7.9 oz. box/12 cookies
Purchased at: ShopRite
Rating: 8 out of 10 (Nutter Butter)
Rating: 8 out of 10 (Oreo)
Nutrition Facts: (2 cookies) Nutter Butter – 180 calories, 9 grams of total fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 105 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 14 grams of sugars, and 2 grams of protein. Oreo – 180 calories, 9 grams of total fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 105 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 17 grams of sugars, and 1 gram of protein.

REVIEW: Oreo Drink Mix

Oreo Drink Mix

What is the Oreo Drink Mix?

Oreo Drink Mix is a chocolate flavored powdered mix with Oreo “crumbs” that can be added to your favorite milky beverage.

How is it?

Oreo Drink Mix 2

As a new addition in the mixable drink category, it turns out that Oreo Drink Mix creates a delightful beverage that can be enjoyed as a quick snack or even as breakfast.

The instructions suggest adding the mix to “lowfat Vit A & D milk or your favorite dairy alternative.” As a vegan, I chose unsweetened almond milk as my base and I was glad to see that Oreo Drink Mix is also dairy-free.

Oreo Drink Mix 4

The mix complemented the almond milk without being too sweet. The chocolate taste was a delicate cocoa flavor with a hint of vanilla cream. Though I stirred vigorously, the Oreo bits quickly rose back to the top of my glass. They provided a minimal amount of texture while intensifying the cocoa taste.

Oreo Drink Mix 5

As time passed, the bits dissolved and the milk was more chocolatey, truly reminiscent of how a glass of milk tastes after being dunked with a dozen Oreo cookies. However, unlike eating and dunking a bunch of the classic cookies to get this same taste, when mixed with almond milk, this Oreo creation was a relatively healthy 100-calorie snack.

The next morning, I decided to try the mix in my usual morning smoothie. I added two tablespoons of the mix to a cup of almond milk, along with one tablespoon of peanut butter powder, a half cup of coconut milk yogurt, and banana. The verdict? I think I have a new favorite morning drink!

Is there anything else you need to know?

Oreo Drink Mix has 32 servings in a solid plastic container that can be reused. Plus, you can tell your kids their milk has cookies in it and they’ll love you even more, for a few minutes at least.

Conclusion:

Oreo Drink Mix has a higher quality taste than its longstanding competitors and is a cheaper alternative to higher end “smoothie” mixes. Bonus: watching your Oreo Drink Mix settle into your glass of milk is added entertainment!

Purchased Price: $3.99
Size: 16 oz.
Purchased at: Food Lion
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2 tbsp) 50 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 25 milligrams of sodium, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of sugars, and 0 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Oreo Thins Bites White Fudge Dipped Original Cookies

Oreo Thins Bites White Fudge Dipped Original

Every holiday season Nabisco rolls out its Limited Edition White Fudge Covered Oreo Cookies, and every holiday season I push my cart right past them as if they’re kale.

I tried them when they first came out years ago and liked them. But when I bought another box a few years later, I learned a valuable lesson: my sweet tooth now has limits. Again, they’re good, but just one makes my taste buds feel as if it’s the ledge of a sugary waterfall. The combination of the white fudge plus white creme is too cloying to me, and that prevents me from wanting to go 80s Cookie Monster on them.

But with these Oreo Thins Bites White Fudge Dipped Original Cookies, which are basically tinier versions of the cloying cookie, I seem to have no problem eating one, two, nine, 13, 21, or the entire bag, if my sweet tooth so desires, which it oh so desires. I think it’s safe to assume these are easier on my taste buds because there’s not that much fudge and creme.

Oreo Thins Bites White Fudge Dipped Original Closeup

The two white components are obviously not made with all of the same ingredients, but the exterior coating seems to have absorbed some of the inner creme’s flavor. So, when I eat these, I can’t help but think these tiny cookies taste like what would happen if there was a whoopsy version of Oreo that involves chocolate wafers coated with white creme.

Oreo Thins Bites White Fudge Dipped Original Middle

It’s not surprising to me that I want to keep popping these into my mouth because it’s what I want to do with regular Oreo Thins. Within the coating is the same crispiness that I get from the thinner cookie, which I think are superior to the original. Don’t @ me. They have the right flavor balance between chocolate wafer and creme. While the white fudge does skew that, it does it in a way that doesn’t make them overly sweet.

This bag of Oreo Thins Bites White Fudge Dipped Original Cookies, which I wish was bigger, is hard to put down. If I didn’t have to pause in order to take the photo above and then throw the bag across the room so that it’s out of sight and out of mind, I might’ve eaten all of them in one sitting.

Purchased Price: $2.99
Size: 6.4 oz. bag
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (8 pieces) 150 calories, 7 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 80 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 15 grams of sugar, and 1 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Limited Edition Oreo The Most Stuf

Limited Edition Oreo The Most Stuf

Most. Creme. Ever.

Those are the remarkable words I’ve dreamed of seeing since the day I was born. Or at least since the day I ripped into my first Oreo and thought, “Damn, that’s good, but what if…”

No longer are the days of dreaming, as the biggest baddest Oreo of them all is a new limited edition reality. Amidst the slew of fruity, cakey, bizarre, sometimes delicious, and sometimes dysfunctional flavors being cranked out by Nabisco, the cookie gods finally gave us what we all truly wanted – The Most Stuf.

Limited Edition Oreo The Most Stuf Tray

Opening up the package is indeed a visual show stopper. Each cookie takes up a noticeably larger space than your average Oreo and the abundant amount of creamy white filling is nearly oozing from the edges of the wafer. I expected them to be one big clump of crème, but it looks like two regular circles of crème filling smushed together to form one big blob – truly an actual double stuffed, or maybe even triple stuffed, cookie.

Limited Edition Oreo The Most Stuf Stack

The crème is soft and pliable, and biting into one causes the massive mound to squish out of the sides like an epic Oreo Whoopie Pie. The taste is immediately noticeably different, with the creme’s intensely nondescript sweetness taking center stage above the now small-seeming bittersweet wafer.

The lack of vanilla, spice, or anything to make the flavor more than just purely sweet is more apparent than ever, and while it’s no doubt a tasty, if not cloying, treat, it’s almost…too much?

Limited Edition Oreo The Most Stuf Topless

I’m not gonna lie, I felt romantically attached to these cookies before I even found them, and much like a friend who tells you a movie is the greatest film of all time before you even see it, my expectations were high just at the thought of so much stuf. I’m not sure exactly what I expected but what I’m experiencing is different from whatever notion I had in my head.

The usually slightly bitter cocoa notes get drowned out by the sugary crème, and I miss a bit of that balance that is undeniably perfect in the pink-clad Double Stuf. The epic amount of filling makes me realize how much I enjoy the Oreo’s dark chocolaty wafer, and I miss that bold flavor I usually get along with the still present crunch.

This reminds me of the idea that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Not that these are bad by any means, but they lack balance. I loved mashed potatoes and gravy, but I don’t want every bite of potato smothered in gravy, taking away from the nuance of the potato. I like a nice smear of mayonnaise on a sandwich, but I don’t want mayo dominating every other flavor in a nice composed sub.

The Most Stuf Oreo is a fun and whimsical junk food creation, but the ideal grocery cookie already exists, and that’s the tried and true Double Stuf Oreo, emanating perfection since 1974.

Purchased Price: 2/$3.00 (sale price)
Size: 13.4 oz.
Purchased at: RiteAid
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 cookie) 110 calories, 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.

QUICK REVIEW: Limited Edition Love, Oreo Cookies

Limited Edition Love Oreo Cookies

What is Limited Edition Love, Oreo?

We’re only two weeks into 2019 and the Oreo onslaught has started; we’ve already seen four new flavors/products drop. Love, Oreo is one of the new variety launches, alongside Carrot Cake, Dark Chocolate, and The Most Stuf. However, it stands out because it’s clearly geared toward Valentine’s Day with its candy heart message-esque cookie designs and matching peel off stickers. It also features a new sweet and tangy flavor crème that is fittingly millennial pink.

How is it?

Limited Edition Love Oreo Cookies Package

When opening the package, you can’t escape the fruit punch/fruity cereal smell. I don’t know what I was expecting with sweet and tangy crème, but it wasn’t fruit. The smell also reads a little waxy like a strawberry Laffy Taffy. But, this odd smell translates into a surprisingly decent eating experience.

Limited Edition Love Oreo Cookies Creme Closeup

When eating the crème by itself, it’s like having a bite of sour Trix or Fruity Pebbles cereal. Think of your morning cereal experience but add a sour note at the end that kickstarts your salivary glands – much like eating a sweet tart.

When eaten with the chocolate sandwich cookie, the tanginess is actually enhanced because there’s a back drop of rich chocolate. When dunked in milk, it’s a wash; it doesn’t enhance or detract from the tanginess. Also, I’m glad that there’s no weird aftertaste across the board.

Is there anything else you need to know?

Limited Edition Love Oreo Cookies Wafer Designs

I am a sucker for the four new cookie messages – XOXO Oreo, Dunk In Love, Dear Cupid Send Oreo, Let’s Twist! It doesn’t add anything to the taste, but it’s just fun.

Limited Edition Love Oreo Cookies Stickers

There are also stickers on the back of the package that I’ll never use, but I really appreciate how whimsical Oreo is being!

Conclusion:

Dear Love, Oreo: You’re not my favorite of the four new launches, but you’re unique, fun and seasonally appropriate. Love, Tiffany.

Purchased Price: $2.99
Size: 10.7 oz. package
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2 cookies) 140 calories, 7 grams of total 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 total sugars, 13 grams of added sugars, and less than 1 gram of protein.