Despite my most recent experience with them, it’s hard to deny that the Oreo stands tall as America’s favorite creme-filled sandwich cookie. Why else would Nabisco churn out 200 flavors each year? But since we still have to wait a whopping seven days for the next Oreo release (head over to Junk Banter for the details), these new E.L. Fudge Elfwich cookies will have to do in the meantime. Can the newcomers help Keebler take down the reigning champion? I’m going to eat a metric fudge-ton to find out.
Keebler is no stranger to the sandwich cookie game. Their Original E.L. Fudge cookies, which feature a butter cookie and fudge creme filling, are a fan favorite and have been around for decades. However, this is the first time we’ve seen Chocolate and Vanilla cookies with vanilla creme (Snack Cellar reader Caitlyn pointed out that E.L. Fudge came in a chocolate cookie/fudge creme variety years ago). It’s a gamble, but I’m willing to give these new Elfwich cookies a shot because
Keebler has a decent track record of making good cookies. Let’s see how they stack up against their Oreo counterparts, and of course, against the Original E.L. Fudge cookie.
Chocolate Elfwich vs. Original Oreo: With the first bite into the Chocolate Elfwich, I was immediately reminded that the Keebler cookies are much thicker than Oreo wafers, providing a heavier crunch. As I chewed, the flavor was…pretty underwhelming. There is definitely a chocolate flavor, but it seems muted. Eating the chocolate cookie separately, the taste is purely cocoa, without the added sweetness found in an Oreo wafer. That cocoa flavor carries into the aftertaste as well. The creme, too, is very lightly sweet–not nearly as sugary as Oreo creme. While the sweetness of Oreos might not be for everybody, these Elfwich cookies are too mild to knock Nabisco from its throne.
Result: Chocolate Oreo defeats Chocolate Elfwich in Round 1 via Knockout.
Vanilla Elfwich vs. Golden Oreo: The Vanilla Elfwich carries the same crunchy texture as its Chocolate sibling. Unfortunately, its flavor is even less enjoyable. The vanilla cookie is virtually tasteless–it reminded me of an overly floury sugar cookie. I picked up on some slight vanilla flavor when I ate the cookie on its own, but for the most part, the cookie was minimally sweet. Oddly, the creme filling stands out a bit more in the Vanilla Elfwich, but that is really only because the cookie itself is so bland. Golden Oreos are so much better in every way imaginable. Pitting the two against each other, the Vanilla Elfwich isn’t even in the same weight class.
Result: Golden Oreo wins when Vanilla Elfwich forfeits before the fight begins.
Chocolate and Vanilla Elfwich vs. Original E.L. Fudge: If you’ve been keeping score at home, that’s two crushing defeats for the new E.L. Fudge Elfwich flavors so far. So how do they stack up to the Original variety? Well, they don’t. The Original E.L. Fudge has much more flavor overall than the other two Elfwich cookies. The butter cookie is rich, with some sweetness, like shortbread. The fudge filling, for its part, provides a sweet cocoa flavor. Overall, the Original variety is the only cookie of the three that has a distinct, enjoyable taste. I could easily eat a package of these in one sitting…and I might.
Result: Chocolate and Vanilla Elfwich Cookies bow their heads and pay respect to the OG E.L. Fudge Cookie.
In short, I can’t blame you if you’re sick of Oreos. Just don’t waste your money on the new Chocolate and Vanilla Elfwich cookies. They’re both pretty bland and you’ll just wish you had bought the Original flavor. I’ve got to give Keebler for trying something new, but this attempt really missed the mark. If they wanted to give Butterfinger E.L. Fudge Elfwich cookies another try, however…
|Item:||Keebler E.L. Fudge Elfwich Chocolate and Vanilla Cookies|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||$2.99 each at Cub Foods|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-2 cookies):||Chocolate: 170 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 150 milligrams of sodium, 26 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 15 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.
Vanilla: 180 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 95 milligrams of sodium, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 13 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.
|In a Nutshell:||Chocolate Elfwich cookies contain decent cocoa flavor. Overall, new Elfwich flavors aren’t exciting. OG E.L. Fudge still tastes incredible. Butterfinger Elfwich cookies need to happen ASAP.|
|Overall Score:||Chocolate: 5 out of 10
Vanilla: 4 out of 10
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