Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Review: Mickey Mouse Oreo Cookies

 On November 18, 2018, Walt Disney's iconic character, Mickey Mouse, turns 90 years old!  As the average life expectancy for a domestic mouse is only 1 to 2 years, this is truly a momentous occasion, and one that the folks at Nabisco decided to commemorate with yet another Limited Edition flavor. 

These are fairly straightforward: party-themed chocolate sandwich cookies with white Birthday Cake creme filling that includes rainbow flecks, reminiscent of sprinkles.  I found these today at my local Foodtown, for under $5 a package.

So, how are they?

Well, on the plus side, they're exactly as described: the filling tastes just like the vanilla frosting you'd find on a store-bought birthday cake, and the chocolate sandwich cookie is the typical Oreo flavor and texture that you've come to know and love.

The flip side to that, of course, is that you can easily re-create the flavor profile for this cookie on your own, simply by buying a box of chocolate cookies and a tub of white or vanilla frosting (Funfetti or Rainbow Chip, if you'd like to duplicate the rainbow flecks) and dipping them yourself.

Overall, I'll give these an A-.   They get high marks for keeping it simple and living up to exactly what they promise in terms of flavor, but I'm dinging them with a minus because they're a little TOO simple/one-note. Let's face it, this wasn't a very difficult thing to re-create, flavor-wise, and the price is a bit steep just to see Mickey's face on a cookie.

If you're a "dunker", I would highly recommend dipping these in milk, because that would elevate these to an A+.

If you're a big Disney fan, you should definitely seek these out and give them a try.

To read my other Oreo cookies reviews, follow THIS LINK for a full list.

And, because I'm a proud "grandma" to a sweet little guy named Remy, here's a gratuitous photo of my "grandmouse". 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Review: Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Oreos -- a rare A+ rating!

 For those of you who follow the blog regularly, you know that taste-testing the latest "Limited Edition" Oreo flavors have become a thing for me. I don't even have that big of a sweet tooth, but somehow, I got hooked on trying out these new combos and reporting back to my friends about them. 

Today, I tried the latest flavor: Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Oreos.  I was looking forward to tasting these, because the Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bar, upon which these are based, is one of my all-time favorites.  These cookies had a high bar set for them, and I didn't think they'd quite be able to measure up.

I was wrong.  These cookies are AMAZING.

As far as the flavor profile goes, they absolutely NAILED it--these taste just like the crunchy coating on the much-beloved Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bars.  And, the little strawberry-flavored bits embedded in the sandwich cookies themselves add a satisfying pop of flavor and texture that ties it all together.  This shouldn't be surprising, since the ice cream bars are made with artificial flavoring, which is easy to duplicate. Normally I care about that kind of thing, and find the fake-sugar flavors cloying and overly-sweet.

Not this time, though. One bite of these cookies, and it's just like you're eating the crunchy strawberry and cookie coating off of the Good Humor ice cream bar.  Decadent but delicious!

If I had to find something to criticize, it would be the color of the creme center: it is a disturbingly bright pink--we're talking the EXACT shade of Pepto-Bismol, the "upset stomach and diarrhea" medicine.  Nevertheless, the flavors more than make up for the unfortunately color comparison.

These cookies are dangerously good. From a nutrition standpoint, they're actually worse than the ice cream itself: two cookies are 150 calories, with 13g of sugar, while the Good Humor ice cream bar is also 150 calories, contains only 10g of sugar, and is more satisfying from a snack perspective.  However, you can't keep an ice cream bar in your purse or pack it in your child's lunchbox, so these cookies do provide an acceptable stand-in.

I give Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Oreos the super-rare, coveted rating of an A+.

Buy them while you can.  Yes, they're THAT good.

I found them at my local supermarket (Wegman's), but here's a link to Amazon if you want to order them online. 

**If you're looking for my other Oreo Cookie reviews, I've compiled links in one handy post, which you'll find here: