It’s 8 a.m. sharp on a Tuesday morning in East Hanover, New Jersey. The Nabisco product development team is assembled around a large table in a conference room enclosed by floor-to-ceiling glass windows, like guinea pigs in a cage. They are exhausted. Many of them haven’t showered in weeks.
“Hmm…Oh! Cinnamon Bun!” Brian exclaims.
“Dammit, Brian,” the director of development snarls. “We did that already! Think, everyone. Think!”
The members of the development team stare at each other, helplessly. They have literally run out of ideas. Brian frantically continues to page through a cookbook he brought from home, praying that something will jump out at him. “Brownies…no, we’ve done that. Rice crispy treats…did those too. Cupcakes…NO. Ugh, come on…come on…I’ve got it! Strawberry shortcake!”
And thus, the Strawberry Shortcake Oreo was born.
Strawberry Shortcake Oreos are a Walmart-exclusive flavor. According to reports, they apparently aren’t supposed to be on shelves until April 4, but some stores are putting them out early, if you’re lucky enough to spot them. Well, maybe I shouldn’t say “lucky.”
There was a massive strawberry aroma as soon as I opened the package, which carried through into the taste of the creme. The creme itself is very sweet, and on the strawberry shortcake spectrum, it leans heavily toward strawberry. However, there’s no real strawberry flavor here–very little tartness or freshness. This tastes like a McDonald’s strawberry milkshake in cookie form. Even that might be giving it too much credit.
I was really let down by the lack of creativity in this creme. Less than two months ago, the company released a Filled Cupcake Oreo, which used two different creme flavors and consistencies to achieve the full experience of eating a Hostess cupcake. It wasn’t the best Oreo ever made, but hey, at least it was innovative. How Nabisco failed to make a similar Oreo with strawberry creme and “whipped cream” in the middle to mimic an actual strawberry shortcake is beyond me.
The wafer is darker and crunchier than a Golden Oreo wafer, and smells incredibly similar to the graham pieces in Kellogg’s Smorz cereal. Twisting off a single wafer, I noticed that it definitely had a graham taste, although somewhat subdued. This was even more dumbfounding–is “graham” a flavor typically found in shortcake? This wafer choice seemed off, and it wasn’t even flavorful enough to make the error worth Nabisco’s while.
Look, I’m an Oreo loyalist until the day I die. Having said that, I can’t help but wonder if Nabisco has reached the point when the quantity of Oreo flavors has finally surpassed their quality. If you really, really enjoy fake strawberry flavoring, you might like these. If not, save your money and join me in anxiously awaiting the next Oreo flavor.
Back to the drawing board, Brian. We’re counting on you.
|Item:||Nabisco Strawberry Shortcake Oreo|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||$2.98 at Walmart (exclusive flavor)|
|Size:||10.7 oz. package|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-2 cookies):||150 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 65 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of sugar, less than 1 gram of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||They’re Oreos, so you’ll probably try them at some point. However, the strawberry flavor is jarringly artificial, and there is nothing in the creme or the wafer resembling a strawberry shortcake. Giving Brian a second chance. Just hope he showers first.|
|Overall Score:||4 out of 10|
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