[Review] Keebler Limited Batch Birthday Cake Fudge Stripes

Happy birthday to the following people!

  • Clint Eastwood, actor/director
  • Walt Whitman, poet
  • Brooke Shields, actress/model
  • Joe Namath, Hall of Fame quarterback
  • Waka Flocka Flame, poet

Keebler recently introduced new Limited Batch Birthday Cake Fudge Stripe cookies, without any mention of who the birthday cake is actually for. I don’t get it–who are we celebrating? Keebler? The elves? Since they failed to specify, I can only assume they’re celebrating one of the fantastic individuals listed above.

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Definitely Waka Flocka Flame.

These Birthday Cake Fudge Stripes have a great festive look and smell strongly of vanilla frosting. They use the same shortbread cookie as original Fudge Stripes, but with multicolored sprinkles scattered throughout. Although the crunchy cookie detracts from the “cake” experience, the sprinkles are still a nice touch.

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Since the shortbread cookie is enveloped in frosting, it’s hard to tell whether it actually carries any notable sweetness on its own. Still, it’s easy to tell that the cookie is rich and buttery–without a doubt, it was much more flavorful than the bland vanilla E.L. Fudge Elfwich cookie. That buttery flavor complements the frosting well, and brings some depth to the Birthday Cake taste Keebler is going for.

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On to the most important part: the frosting. Before trying these cookies, I was worried that they would taste a lot like those frosted animal crackers–the ones that are so sugary that I feel sick after eating five (hundred) of them. The frosting on these Birthday Cake Fudge Stripes is sweet, but not as harsh as their animal cracker counterparts. Although it’s not quite as rich as real cake frosting, it’s close enough–strongly vanilla–and I was able to detect a somewhat nutty taste, and possibly even a bit of lemony flavor at the end. I don’t know if I would call the flavor “Birthday Cake,” maybe more like “Wedding Cake.” Regardless, it’s still pretty good. As it should be–according to the list of ingredients, these cookies use real confectioner’s glaze.

Overall, Birthday Cake Fudge Stripes are actually quite enjoyable. While Keebler didn’t exactly nail the “birthday cake” flavor, they come close enough without tipping the scale to “overly sugary” territory. The shortbread cookie balances out the frosting’s sweetness, as well. I like these more than Pink Lemonade Pop-Tarts, but not quite as much as S’mores Oreos–which means the whole-number rating scale Snack Cellar has used to date just isn’t going to cut it anymore.

Congratulations, Keebler, I’m introducing a new score just for you. I still don’t know who the hell we’re celebrating here…But happy freakin’ birthday, whoever you are.

Item: Keebler Limited Batch Birthday Cake Fudge Stripes
Price and Place of Purchase: $2.50 at Target
Nutrition Facts (serving size-2 cookies): 130 calories, 60 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 70 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of sugar, less than 1 gram of protein.
In a Nutshell: Shortbread cookie and “birthday cake” frosting work well together. Sprinkles are a nice touch. Walt Whitman and Waka Flocka Flame have a lot in common. What’s the deal with mystery birthdays?
Overall Score:  7.5 out of 10

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