The Ever Expanding World of Oreos

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"So many choices!" she says (with glee? with disgust?)
With temperatures falling and pumpkins filling the parking lot of Whole Foods, it's hard not to get excited for autumn and its accompanying pleasures. For me, that's Halloween Oreos. I've always been a fan of "milk's favorite cookie" and look forward to the time when the lard filling is tinged a bright mandarin. Nothing says All Hallow's Eve like orange food coloring.

I've also been amused by other theme Oreos, like the "Winter Edition" variety, which I used to make some decadent fudge. And the DB Blizzard Creme Oreos were interesting, if not particularly tasty.

Lately, however, Nabisco seems to have gone too far in their Oreo derivations. You could fill an entire supermarket aisle with all the different varieties and flavors: Cakesters, Double Stuf, "Golden," Mint cremes, Peanut Butter, and, ugh, Berry Burst Ice Cream. The most recent addition to the Oreo collection is the "Triple Double," a three-wafer, two-filling cookie that I suspect is actually too big for the bite radius of the average six-year-old.

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Seriously, Nabisco?
Brand diversity is all fine and good unless it results in the dilution and/or diminishing of the original. The statement "I like Oreos" used to be relatively straightforward. It really ticks me off that now I have to specify, "The regular kind, that is." Perhaps I'm in the minority and vox populi demands more and more different types of Oreos. But at what cost, I ask?

Really, it's one of the most pressing issues of our times. Readers, your thoughts?



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14 comments
Whpred1
Whpred1

Where can i find the triple double here in houston

Jimmy Tran
Jimmy Tran

You forgot to mention the oh so gluttonous neapolitan oreos. It's like the triple double except it has chocolate and strawberry fillings between the golden oreos. Call Susan Powter because someone needs to stop the insanity.

Fan of Fatty Fat Bastard
Fan of Fatty Fat Bastard

agree about the futility  of too many choices; look at what has happened to m and m's; what's his name from u of chicago law school; now works in the white house has writtend about this (too many choices, not oreos) I'm still mad that the Baltimore Oreos beat the Red Sox.  

whore spring mun
whore spring mun

the oreo commercials where people lick the cookies are disgusting. I don't want to see someone dunking a saliva coated cookie in milk

Tangyjoe
Tangyjoe

I wish they would make "unstuffed" Oreos  that are just the chocolate cookie without the chocolate filling.  I usually twist them apart and scrape off the filling and throw it away then just eat the outside.  

trisch
trisch

The mini-bars in the rooms at the hotel I just stayed in in China stock Oreos stuffed with chocolate creme and coated in milk chocolate.  My boss used to make trips to that office just to have some of those Oreos.

Smarm
Smarm

I always think of the trans fat battle Oreo resisted for so long.  And in the meantime serving it at schools, on airplanes and through fast food outlets.  And they taste so bad!  What is that putty in the middle.

Joanne Witt
Joanne Witt

My favorite flavor is mango and raspberry, I have a box in my pantry that I picked up in China.

Doc Ricky
Doc Ricky

What, you haven't seen the Japanese fascination and diversification of KitKats? Oh, let them diversify. 

Dwilkinson
Dwilkinson

The real question is, which booth at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is going to start offering multiple varieties of deep fried Oreos in 2012?

CameronByars
CameronByars

I come from a family of Oreo lovers. My Dad hates any Oreo besides the original. He says "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Laurie
Laurie

I enjoy your handle FFB! I do like the new pretzel M&Ms. Sweet + Salty = Yum.

knizzer
knizzer

uh, you can buy those here. your boss is an adiot

Joanna O'Leary
Joanna O'Leary

Knizzer is right that you can buy that variety in the States. Don't tell your boss, though, and pretend you get them imported just for him...

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