Yesterday I was alerted regarding this article on Delish proclaiming the existence of Chocolate Strawberry Oreos. While this is the first I had heard of this flavor of glutenous wafer, I was intrigued by the sub-heading that proclaimed They’re real. They’re extraordinary.
Needless to say I felt that of this new flavor has been described as extraordinary, it would be worth a trip to the downtown Brooklyn Target to see if they were local yet. Indeed they were… and found them in vast quantities we did… AND on sale for only $2.99. Surely 2016 had finally found a way to smile upon me!
The packaging itself insinuates that of a chocolate covered strawberry. A luxurious combination most often sought out in February as a way to convey romance during the fruit barren months of winter. The truth is chocolate, just as bacon, is often paired with other items due to its innate ability to make everything better. Well… almost everything….
Once the resealable cellophane cover was pulled back the odor of strawberries barreled forward. The twist-off revealed brown surrounding a pink center of creme. Obviously the brown is meant to be chocolate and the pink is meant to be strawberry. While the broken down wafer reeked of strawberry the bigger question was, how will it taste? Needless to say… it was… interesting.
Upon consumption there was indeed the sweetness of chocolate prancing along the palette briefly before being mauled over by the taste of flash frozen dried strawberry. The taste did nothing but bring back repressed memories of trips to the Museum of Natural History, where I was force-fed astronaut ice cream in lieu of the real thing lest the ice cream drippage damage the million year old wooly mammoth. The chocolate flavor of the wafer collapsed under the weight of the strawberry creme and called into question exactly what was the purpose of the brown part?
While at the start I was optimistic about the blend, as cookie upon cookie was engulfed the slick packaging and novelty of the taste wore off as I realized it would never reach its true potential. The possibility of recreating such a luxurious item so easily accessible was more entrancing than the actual taste. I would hardly consider them extraordinary unless we were discussing just the packaging, especially with its Limited Edition golden scroll slapped onto the upper right hand corner.
I get why Oreo continues these flavor runs, seemingly breathing new life into an ancient brand. Chocolate Strawberry Oreos fall way short in the delivery and do not live up to the expectations created with such delightful successes as the S’Mores Oreo or the Cinnamon Bun Oreos. This is an edition that Nabisco should definitely limit.
Just as 2016 has left everyone feeling bewildered, grieving, empty, and sad… Chocolate Strawberry Oreos have left a hole in our cookie jars just in time for the new year.