[Review] Nabisco Limited Edition Firework Oreos

If you’ll all kindly allow me a moment of self-reflection, I’d like to address a serious personal problem: mindless eating.

Too often, I find myself hunched over a container of some random junk food, shoveling it into my mouth with reckless abandon. I’ve got no control, no sense of restraint. For years, I have wished for something, anything, to wake me from my snack gobbling trance. You know, something to give me a good slap me in the mouth once in a while.

Ladies and gentlemen, Nabisco might have finally heard my cries for help.

The answer to my chubby little prayers.

Just in time for the summer festivities of 2017, Firework Oreos feature red and blue popping candy that is intended to blast and sizzle in your mouth as you enjoy each cookie. Let me tell you guys, a literal explosion is just about the only thing that could slow down my typical Oreo-eating pace, so these Firework Oreos are practically a necessity at this point.

Opening the Fireworks Oreo package, my reaction was less “ooh” and “aah,” and more “eh.” These things look almost identical to Double Stuf Oreos, just with a few red and blue specks in the creme. I suppose I wasn’t expecting a whole lot of razzle dazzle, but they just look so…plain–at least, compared to the beautiful red, white, and blue packaging.

As you probably predicted from their appearance, these Firework Oreos taste plain, too, because the popping candy doesn’t add any distinct flavor. The creme is the same sweet vanilla as an original Oreo, and the cookies are the same slightly bitter chocolate. There’s a slight granular crunch from the popping candy, but this is basically the same old Oreo, nothing we haven’t seen before. Zzzz….

But right as I begin to think Fireworks Oreos aren’t the mindless eating prevention tool I had hoped for, the explosions begin. The popping candy emerges almost entirely on the back end of the cookie, but when it arrives, it erupts with a ton of snapping sensations and sputtering noises. These really are just Oreos with a “firework” twist. I’ve got to hand it to Nabisco–they nailed this gimmick.

Having said that, the gimmick seemed to wear off after about two or three Firework Oreos. I enjoyed them, and since they’re basically just plain Oreos, they obviously don’t taste “bad.” But once I got my fill of the novelty of the popping candy, I was ready to move on. But in a weird way, that meant that I kept from mindlessly eating them…

Touché, Nabisco. Touché.

Item: Nabisco Limited Edition Firework Oreo
Price and Place of Purchase: $2.99 at Target
Nutrition Facts (serving size-2 cookies): 140 calories, 60 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 85 milligrams of sodium, 35 milligrams of potassium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 13 grams of sugar, less than 1 gram of protein.
In a Nutshell: Just plain Oreos with a firework gimmick. Wait a little bit for the explosion in your mouth. …Yiiiiikes.
Overall Score: 7.5 out of 10
Junk Banter also reviewed Fireworks Oreos. Check it out here!
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