[Review] Nabisco Limited Edition Key Lime Pie Oreos

This is a “throwback review” for Key Lime Pie Oreos, which recently returned to shelves. This review, which was originally published on June 14, 2016, has been updated with new photos and some content edits for the sake of being current.

Before I start this review, I’d like to set the tone with one of my favorite classic jams. Hit it, Big Willy!

Everybody loves the Fresh Prince, but there’s no denying that Miami is one of the more controversial cities in the U.S. You either love it, or you hate it. And while Miami isn’t in the Florida Keys, the Keys’ namesake dessert, Key lime pie, is just as polarizing. People actually get in arguments over the proper ingredients in key lime pie…presumably because everyone in Florida is 80 years old and has nothing better to do–love you, readers from Florida!

Key Lime Pie Oreos quietly returned to shelves this year for their third summer in a row. Distribution has been all over the place for this one, with sightings at Walmart, Hy-Vee, and who knows where else. One thing’s for sure: I won’t be seen in a swimsuit in the Florida Keys any time soon, thanks to all the Oreos I’m eating.

Weighed down in Kokomoooooo.

Key Lime Pie Oreos feature a graham cookie and key lime flavored creme. These Oreos can be summed up in two words: sensory overload. The creme is a bright, almost fluorescent green, that could only be outdone by the neon lights of South Beach themselves. It also smells very strongly of lime. I can usually pick up the scent of the graham cookie, but not this time. These Oreos are 100% Key lime, and they’re not at all sorry about it.

That graham cookie…ugh. It’s the same one I’ve complained about in past reviews. It’s pretty bland–only slightly sweet, but mostly floury. It’s odd to me that Nabisco continues to call this a “graham flavored cookie” because it really doesn’t capture the graham flavor at all. I will give them points for the texture of the cookie, though. It’s less crunchy than the Golden Oreo cookie, and its crumbliness instantly reminded me of Key lime pie crust.

On its own, the creme’s lime flavor is very sweet, with a slight tangy kick coming through at the end. If you’ve ever had a slice of key lime pie, though, you know that it’s famous for its tart filling. Looking at the picture on the packaging, I’d expect this Oreo to have a lot of that same flavor. So…where’s the tart?

I took one bite of the cookie and creme combined, and it hit me immediately. Somehow, the creme’s sour taste is intensified when paired with the graham cookie, and it shifts from the end of each bite to the main attraction. It’s not necessarily unpleasant–in fact, I enjoyed it because it brought the authentic Key lime taste I was begging for–but you really have to like Key lime pie to appreciate this flavor. It even overpowers any last bit of flavor provided by the graham cookie. Similar to Fruity Crisp Oreos, the taste was so strong that I had to call it quits after just a few.

Overall, the Key Lime Pie Oreo is a pretty good recreation of the dessert. The creme provides a decent amount of sweetness, but allows the tart flavor to truly shine, just like real Key lime pie filling. I do wish Nabisco would revisit its graham cookie. While it (somehow) brought out more of the creme’s tartness, I think the Oreo as a whole could have benefited from a richer, more buttery cookie to reflect the graham cracker crumb crust often used in Key lime pie recipes. I would recommend trying these if you like the flavor of Key lime pie. However, steer clear if you don’t–or if you’re hoping to look good in a swimsuit this summer.

How Much It Cost and Where I Bought It: $2.98 at Hy-Vee
Just the (Nutrition) Facts:

Serving size—2 cookies

150 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 70 milligrams of sodium, 20 milligrams of potassium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of sugar, less than 1 gram of protein.
In a Nutshell: Artificial look and smell give way to a bold and authentic Key lime flavor, which some will love and some will hate. Graham cookie could use an overhaul. Will Smith belongs in the Hip Hop Hall of Fame. Do they make full-body one piece swimsuits for men?
Overall Score: 7.5 out of 10

Junk Banter also reviewed Nabisco Limited Edition Key Lime Pie Oreos. Check it out here!

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