June 11th: Oreo Superpost

Oreo is fast becoming one of the most recognized global food brands with seemingly every market producing multiple products baring the brand name in all manner of different forms. Today I'm posting mini reviews of some Oreo products from Indonesia, Germany and the USA - the brand has certainly clocked up the air miles here that's for sure :-D

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Oreo Brownie Creme Filled
Kcal 370 Fat 16.0g Fat(sats) 5.0g Carbs 52.5g (per 85.0g brownie)

I'm going to kick off the Oreo reviews today with a product sent to me by my good friends at AmericanSoda.co.uk - a UK based, US snacks & food importer (See HERE). These guys were nice enough to provide me with a few samples of Kraft's Oreo Brownie Creme Filled - 85.0g, individually wrapped, single serve brownies.

At this point I would like to point you in the direction of a review I wrote back in May 2010 on the Oreo Brownie (See HERE). In particular I would like to refer you to this part here ...

"My main issue (that my fellow taste tester agreed with I may add) was that the texture of the brownie was just way too dry. The brownie needed some sort of icing, or inner filling to balance the dryness of both the brownie and the cookie pieces."

Well folks please allow me to humour myself by letting me believe it was my review that brought about this rather awesome Creme Filled variety :-D Indeed as I suspected it might, the addition of a simple layer of creme running through the center provided a much needed moistness to the texture and the resulting mouth feel was far superior to the one experienced previously. The creme itself was exactly like you get in normal Oreos with it's vanilla hinted sweetness a delicious, complimentary enhancer to the chocolate cake flavours. This was a more well rounded and satisfying brownie than the last Oreo one I reviewed in 2010. If you like your brownies and/or your Oreo Cakesters then I would highly recommend trying one of these. - I must be some sort genius you know :-D

8.5 out of 10


    
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Milka & Oreo
Kcal 560 Fat 30.0g Fat(sats) 19.5g Carbs 54.5g (per 100.0g)

Unless I've totally missed something I believe this is the first time that we have ever seen a hook up between these two Kraft portfolio brands. Back in 2010 I remember there being a pretty similar Milka Cream & Choc-Biscuits limited edition bar (See HERE), but to think it's taken until 2012 to see any interaction with Oreo and Milka is really quite incredible. As unbelievable as the situation may seem we now do have a Milka & Oreo chocolate bar available to buy in Germany - 'Alpine milk chocolate with an alpine cream filling with Oreo chocolate biscuit pieces', it sounded awesome.

This new bar comes as new variant in the standard 100.0g Milka range and I guess unlike the post today, the Milka brand is the more prominent of the two. On the face of things I thought the presentation was very high quality and I liked the design of the wrapper and the chocolate which certainly looked generously filled with Oreo cookie pieces.

Cuttng to the chase I'm glad to say that the looks didn't deceive, and this was a bar every bit as notable for it's Oreo influence as it was it's Milka, with the crunchy cookie pieces really creating an impression on the smooth outer chocolate, and cool inner creme. The added cocoa flavours bursts from the Oreo cookie flavours were highly complimentary of the creamy, hazelnut noted chocolate and it made for a multi-layered, progressive taste experience. I found the combination to be extremelly well executed and I liked the fact that the Milka and Oreo elements were equally presented rather than it being just a gimmicky branding variety. Well done Kraft - big thumbs up and worthy of a JCM recommendation.

8.6 out of 10

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Oreo Ice Cream & Oreo Double Delight Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cream

Ice Cream - Kcal 140 Fat 6.0g Fat(sats) 3.0g Carbs 21.0g (per 3 cookies)
Double Delight PB & CC - Kcal 140 Fat 6.0g Fat(sats) 2.0g Carbs 20.0g (per 3 cookies)

These two flavours I found in a local Asian supermarket priced at just under £1.00 each. Both variants came in 137.0g roll packs which contained around 15 cookies in each - 5 servings if the nutritional info of 3 at a time would have us believe. Although on the wrappers it was stated that these were produced in Indonesia, they both contained all manner of different languages and translations in regards to the on-pack blurb. Handily, English was one of them so I was able to determine the different propositions being offered by both. Here are what they both offered and my brief thoughts:

Oreo Ice Cream - 'Chocolate sandwich cookies with blueberry ice cream flavour creme'. These had a very distinctive fake fruit smell that I didn't find all that appealing upon opening. The cookies felt small in size, even compared to the normal Oreo single stuff here we get in the UK. I'm not sure if this was a consequence of the air miles but the outer sandwich cookies didn't quite feel up to usual Oreo par. They had a lesser defined cocoa taste, and the lacking volume of inner cream gave them a very texture that seemed to suck all the moisture from my mouth. As aforementioned these smelt incredibly artificial and the taste of the inner blueberry creme was certainly that. It was terribly sweet and reminded me of the horribly cheap fruit flavoured bubblegum I used to get as a kid. I didn't get much enjoyment from these at all and didn't get anywhere near finishing the pack before they headed to the bin.

3.4 out of 10


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Oreo Double Delight Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cream - 'Chocolate sandwich cookies with peanut butter in chocolate cream'. These I was very much looking forward to as a big time peanut butter and Oreo Chocolate Cream fan. Like the Ice Cream flavour these again felt very small in size in comparison to standard Oreos. I don't think I can be dreaming this up as I had open up no fewer than four different cookies before I found one that had enough creme in to use for the photo you see above. Indeed the filling was lacking in volume and unfortunately taste and sadly I have to report that these also pretty much sucked. Yes, despite the promising peanut aromas, the taste never really developed either a strong chocolatey or peanut edge to it and the blander, drier outer sandwich cookies failed again to hold the usual Oreo quality.

4.9 out of 10



Overall after tasting these two I hope the Indonesian market aren't aware of what they are missing because neither of these were up to usual Oreo standards. I believe both of these flavours are currently available in the US so with any luck I should one day be in a position to compare and contrast.Given what I've tried here I wouldn't say they have much to live up to.

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Oreo Double Stuff Heads or Tails
Kcal 70 Fat 3.5g Carbs 10.5g (per cookie)

I have to thank dedicated JCM follower Thea for supplying me with the last Oreo product I'm showing you today. Thea got in contact with me whilst she was travelling in the US, and via the JCM twitter feed (@Chocmission) kindly offered to bring me back any US products I hadn't managed to source from my pals at AmericanSoda. After a quick glance through some of my fellow American bloggers sites, I happened across a few posts about a new variety of Oreos which I hadn't seen available anywhere in the UK - the Oreo Double Stuff Heads or Tails. Being the awesome person she is, Thea managed to bring back a large 432.0g pack for me - I will of course be eternally grateful :-D

As I'm sure you can tell from my photos, the basic concept behind these Oreo Double Stuff Heads or Tails is that they combine both standard and golden varieties of Oreo (with double stuff filling of course). Personally I don't have much of a preference between either the golden or chocolate biscuits, though if you pushed me I would probably side with the latter. What I liked about these was that they essentially took the decision of either/or out of the equation anyway, and presented me the opportunity to enjoy both varieties at the same time. The golden biscuits offered an enhancement of the vanilla hints from the creme, whilst the chocolate portions delivered the usual, sweet, friendly cocoa flavours synonymous with the standard Oreo cookies. Given there is nothing 'game changing' about these I would struggle to generate an arguement saying these are a 'must try'. With that said I would certainly buy them again given the opportunity, they combine two very good products into one very successfully - not always as easy as it sounds.

8.1 out of 10