[Review] Nabisco Limited Edition Jelly Donut Oreos

The year was 2001.

Three women, perhaps the defining music group of their era, came together and issued a challenge to our great nation. They confronted us and doubted our preparedness. They sang…about Oreos.

🎶 I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly…🎶

Jelly Donut Oreos are here, and Destiny’s Child was right: I am not ready. Oreos are coming out at breakneck speed! Flavors like Peeps and Cookies & Creme have already hit shelves and departed in recent months, with plenty more flavors still to come before 2017 ends. Honestly, trying to keep up with all of these new Oreos has got me like:

Limited Edition Jelly Donut Oreos are out now, exclusively at Walmart. They were first introduced in last year’s flavor vote contest to determine Walmart’s exclusive flavor for 2017, which Cookies & Creme ultimately won. But Jelly Donut Oreos came out anyway, and they’re still a Walmart exclusive, because literally nothing matters anymore.

Jelly Donut Oreos feature golden Oreo cookies and vanilla creme with a jelly-flavored center. The packaging doesn’t specify what flavor the jelly is supposed to be, but it’s obviously different in appearance from the strawberry center we saw in Chocolate Strawberry Oreos late last year. Yeesh, I eat a lot of flippin’ Oreos.

The scent upon opening the package actually is reminiscent of freshly baked donuts–you’ve got the doughy smell of the golden Oreo cookie, the sweet, sugary smell of the outer ring of creme, and the fruity smell from the center. The image of the jelly center hidden inside the “dough” of the cookie works great as an Oreo spin on a classic jelly donut, too.

We’ll fast forward past the cookies since everyone knows by now what a golden Oreo cookie tastes like. If you don’t, congratulations–your life expectancy is guaranteed to be much longer than mine.

The “jelly-flavored center” creme seems to most closely resemble a raspberry flavor. It’s slightly tart yet sweet, and definitely more of a berry flavor (compared to, say, grape). It’s actually enjoyable and a strong improvement over the artificial strawberry flavors we’ve seen from Oreos in the past. Next, I moved on to the outer ring of creme. My fat brain might have just been making things up again, but I could swear the creme wasn’t just the standard vanilla stuff–it actually seemed to carry a more buttery flavor, similar to a fried pastry. Nabisco has apparently gotten really good at food science, mind tricks, or both.

Eaten as a whole, the golden Oreo cookie amplifies the buttery flavor that presents itself in the outer ring of creme. However, adding the cookie also dampens the complex fruity flavors of the jelly-flavored center, and it’s hard to pick up in some bites. I wish there was a bit more of the jelly-flavored creme to really bring out that filling element of a jelly donut even more.

Jelly Donut Oreos are a great addition to the Oreo lineup, and definitely worth checking out while they’re on shelves. For the most part, they do a pretty good job of representing their advertised flavor.

As it turns out, I was ready for that jelly, after all. I just wanted more of it. 😏

Item: Nabisco Limited Edition Jelly Donut Oreos
Price and Place of Purchase: $2.98 at Walmart
Nutrition Facts (serving size-2 cookies): 150 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 80 milligrams of sodium, 10 milligrams of potassium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of sugar, less than 1 gram of protein.
In a Nutshell: Raspberry jelly-flavored center and buttery outer ring combine to form one of Nabisco’s more impressive Oreo cremes to date. Golden Oreo cookie kind of puts a damper on the whole thing. Now playing “Bootylicious” on repeat.
Overall Score: 8 out of 10

Junk Banter also reviewed Jelly Donut Oreos. Check it out here!

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