Candy Corn Oreo Cookies NO, Candy Cane Oreo Cookies YES!

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.

Candy Corn and Candy Cane Oreos

Nabsico made Candy Corn Oreo Cookies for Halloween and Candy Cane Oreo Cookies for Christmas.


What are the Coca Cola rewards worth from MyCokeRewards?

I have been saving Coca-Cola codes since 2009, and I have several friends also give me their codes. Attached is a picture of the end result, and more than 4000 points.


Coke Rewards from MyCokeRewards

Coke Rewards from MyCokeRewards

There is a neoprene computer bag, plush polar bear, roll up USB keyboard, wireless headphones, and a lunch box!

I have some other goodies there from other promotions to give away.



Surly Darkness Day 2013

I was told by friends in California that I was fortunate to have some of the best craft beer in America available to me in Minnesota. Specifically they wanted to try the Surly Darkness. It is billed as a “Russian Imperial Stout”, which might be a way to distinguish it.

Imperial stout, also known as Russian imperial stout or imperial Russian stout, is a strong dark beer or stout in the style that was brewed in the 18th century by Thrale’s brewery in London, England or export to the court of Catherine II of Russia.  In 1781 the brewery changed hands and the beer became known as Barclay Perkins Imperial Brown Stout. When the brewery was taken over by John Courage and Co. Ltd., the beer was renamed Courage Imperial Russian Stout. It has a high alcohol content, usually over 9%. Today the Courage brand is owned by Wells and Young’s Brewery, which does not have an Imperial Stout among its offerings.

The Surly Darkness, as I found out, only is offered for sale during a short period once yearly. They have a release party known as “Darkness Days”. This year, I put it on the calendar and planned to obtain some. The rules were that 1,500 wristbands were to be given out in the morning. This would get one a purchase time. After that, the beer would be sold first come first served beginning at 3:30. I did not get a wristband and I did not get in to buy the beer.

I was able to try the Surly Darkness on tap, which may be more of a reward than actually purchasing it in a bottle.

Surly Russian Imperial Stout Darkness Tap

It is quite dark. It is not overpowering with hops, but has just a tiny fruity taste to it. The aftertaste lingers for a long time, as it seems quite thick and viscous.


The Beehive to return to Hans’ Bakery

It is a little something special in Anoka, Hans’ Bakery. If anyone ever had business in Anoka, they were supposed to stop and pick up one of the beehives.

Hans’ bakery is about to re-open after a few year hiatus.

Of course there will be a run on the beehive, a large pastry with a custard middle.

The Beehive, some left

The remaining bit of the Hans’ Bakery Beehive


Beehives from Hans’ Bakery

The beehive is marked off in 12 slices, plus the middle. At one of my old jobs, I brought in a beehive to work. The company owner, who did not fraternize much with the employees, was drawn out by the beehive. He was a big fan of custard. He sliced out the middle circle piece for himself. The middle piece is pretty special. The ones pictured above were from a last hurrah visit before they closed. Unfortunately, (or fortunately for my waistline) they were closed the whole time my daughter went to school nearby in Anoka.

Beehives never were easy to obtain. It seemed like only a dozen were made for the day, and they were gone early. The best bet was to be there around 7:00am. I am sure that lots of people are going to go without, as there will be a run on beehives the first few weeks.

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