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Candy Corn Oreos

Oreos, those cookies that have been around for a century — they just celebrated their 100th birthday this year — are an icon in the food world, or rather, they’re an icon in the bigger scheme of things. That’s because when you’re the world’s top-selling cookie, you have the clout to be more than just a sweet treat. The Oreo brand may have originally been known around the world for its creme-filled chocolate cookie sandwiches — in fact, it has become the generonym for any cookie like it — but it’s become much more than that. Oreos are a part of culture, and their public support of gay rights early this year — and the subsequent praise and backlash of it — has shown that Oreos aren’t just cookies. They’re cookies with influence.

With that said, Nabisco, creator of Oreos, can pretty much do whatever it wants with the prized cookies, and over the years, it has; Oreos come in different iterations of the classic recipe, from Double Stuf to Mini Oreos, but it’s not just about size. The standard formula has been tweaked for specific markets — for example, in Japan there’s green tea-flavored creme filling — and now, for the upcoming Halloween holiday, there are candy corn-flavored Oreos.

Obviously, it’s always a buzzworthy thing when the standard Oreo comes in a new version, even if it is for just a limited time. Candy Corn Oreos are only available for the next several weeks, to capitalize on Halloween hype.

But are they worth their own hype?

The Candy Corn Oreos do follow the basic criteria: creme filling sandwiched between two cookies. And they’re still perfect for the actions one takes with Oreos. You can still split them apart to lick the inside first and/or dunk them in a glass of milk. However, not only is the filling different — it’s flavored like candy corn and comes in the equal parts orange and yellow — but the outside cookies stray away from the norm. The cookies are vanilla, not chocolate.

Final Verdict: 2.5 (out of 5) stars.

Perhaps the fact that both the filling and the outside cookie have been changed is what makes this flavor unlike any Oreo — and I don’t necessarily mean that in a good way. With both main components of an Oreo gone, this new version actually ceases to be an Oreo; the only thing remaining is the same pattern and brand on the exterior. Sure, it’s sweet, and it makes you yearn for milk, but all it really did for me was make me crave the original. The chocolate cookie outside is such a main element of an Oreo — it’s the cookie, not the creme, that makes an Oreo taste like an Oreo when crumbled in a milkshake — and it’s absent here. The candy corn filling mildly tastes like candy corn, which is fine; it’s not actual candy corn after all, just the flavor of it.

Don’t get me wrong, Candy Corn Oreos are decent — they’re good enough. But if you’re craving Oreos, these may not be what you’re looking for. However, if you do so happen to get some when trick-or-treating this Halloween, cherish them as a collector’s item. Who knows if they’ll ever come back?

Erik Trinidad is the author of Fancy Fast Food: Ironic Recipes with No Bun Intended, based off his popular food humor blog.

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Comments (2030)

  1. Rod Pitts posted 09/17/2012

    At first, they sound not so great. After this review, I'm willing to try them. I'm a fan of the Golden Oreos myself, so that's not a problem for me. It's the filling that seems odd to me. I'm willing to try anything once! Thanks for the review!

  2. dee posted 09/17/2012

    You know, Oreo's already have a vanilla flavored cookie. They'be been out for, what 10 years? Keep up with the times, it's not all about chocolate cookies anymore.

  3. kcd posted 09/17/2012

    there are so many variations of oreos, like dozens, and plenty don't have a chocolate cookie…we don't need a history lesson on your clear lack of oreo knowledge. i don't know why you are comparing the regular oreo to an obviously non-traditional oreo flavor, it's not a fair comparison and it doesn't give the reader any information. your writing is also rather juvenile and weak. how did you get this job? i understand that this is a silly oreo review, but come on.

  4. justicemsb posted 09/17/2012

    I happen to hate chocolate Oreos. That being said, I love vanilla Oreos and since I love candy corn, I think I'll like these just fine. I plan to try them first chance I get. Just because YOU think that only the original is good enough to be called an Oreo, doesn't mean the rest of us think that way.

  5. Christina posted 09/17/2012

    I'll eat the filling and toss the cookie!

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  6. dontaskcomics posted 09/17/2012

    We had the on Friday night, and they definitely aren't bad, although I'd hesitate to say that they reminded me at all of actual candy corn. They just smelled and tasted of cake frosting. Maybe the blonde cookies added to that, I'm not sure.

    I would certainly eat them again, but I don't know that I'd buy them. I lean more towards the normal double-stuffs, and the peanut butter-filled.

  7. waka network posted 09/18/2012

    Fresh look for my all time favorite oreos!

  8. Angus E. Parvo posted 09/20/2012

    The devil takes many forms, as does his confectionery partner in evil, candy corn

  9. Julie posted 09/21/2012

    Well for $2.50 I would try them…. for $12.00 I think NOT!

  10. Sally posted 09/21/2012

    I hate chocolate oreos too and love the vanilla ones. I'm willing to give this new candy corn flavor a shot.

  11. Floridagirl posted 09/21/2012

    Allergic to chocolate & cocoa so I am LOVIN the opportunity to indulge in this taste sensation!
    Not everyone wants chocolate! Thanks Oreos!

  12. Liz in PA posted 09/21/2012

    I really liked the Creamsicle ones they had earlier this summer, so I don't have a problem with the vanilla cookies. If I see them at a decent price, I may just have to give them a try.

  13. margaret posted 09/22/2012

    To Paula—-Why do you put your fingers in your food??? That is so gross.

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