At Halloween time, Nabisco released Candy Corn Oreo cookies. I am the perfect audience for these new products because we have a household rule about these types of tasty snacks, “We can never buy these again.” It covers all manner of treats and store bought cookies. But, a loophole exists that allows any new variation to be fair game. It has to be a different recipe, not different packaging. Regular Oreos were one of the first snacks to which that rule was applied. It actually is a useful rule, as it saves us from buying the same junk food repeatedly and has kept our family away from the general US trend of morbid obesity. As Cookie Monster said when asked about his new eating habits, “Cookies are sometimes food.”
The Candy Corn Oreos are not good tasting. With no flavor no mask the unknown fatty substance, they taste like fat and sweetener. Strangely, the regular white Oreo filling tastes better. I would not be surprised if they actually were the same, or very close. But there had been some half-hearted attempt to simulate the candy corn flavor. Nabisco would have been better off just putting mashed candy corn in the middle. Candy corn has a certain flavor lent to it, possibly by slight carmelization of the corn syrup and flavor of the corn itself. The wafers are the golden ones, which really means unflavored shortbread biscuits. But even shortbread is better, since it has a buttery taste. I predict we will not see these again.
The Candy Cane Oreos are truly delightful. They have a peppermint flavor and bits of crunchy candy cane mixed in the double stuff. Yay! These will be back next year.