[2-Pack Review] Nabisco Salted Caramel and Coconut Oreo Thins

After a brief ice cream break, we now return to our regularly scheduled Oreo programming.

If you couldn’t already tell, we’re smack dab in an Oreo onslaught. New Salted Caramel and Coconut Oreo Thins join the new Jelly Donut Oreos and recently returned Blueberry Pie Oreos and Key Lime Pie Oreos. All of this within the last ten days! At this rate, I’m just going to die sitting at my laptop writing reviews, crushed under a pile of hundreds of packages of Oreos.

Which, actually, sounds like a perfectly fitting way for me to go.

Salted Caramel Oreo Thins

Salted Caramel Oreo Thins feature a golden Oreo cookie and salted caramel creme. Opening the package, there’s a strong caramel aroma, as well as the familiar sweet scent from the golden Oreo cookies. I tried a bit of the salted caramel creme, and was pleasantly surprised at how complex it is. It starts out rich and very sweet, like a chewy caramel candy, and then a nice saltiness emerges, rounding out the “salted caramel” flavor. Well done, Nabisco!

Well…hold on, Nabisco. Adding the golden Oreo cookie mutes a great deal of the complexity that makes the salted caramel creme so enjoyable. It ends up tasting like “sweet on sweet,” which isn’t something that I want to sit and munch on for too long. I couldn’t help but wonder if a thin graham-flavored cookie (like Nabisco uses in its pie-flavored Oreos) would have been a better choice here, since it would provide some sweetness but really allow the salted caramel creme to shine.

Coconut Oreo Thins

Coconut Oreo Thins feature a chocolate Oreo cookie and coconut creme. Like the Salted Caramel variety, Coconut Oreo Thins emit an obvious aroma, with both coconut and chocolate scents emerging as soon as I opened the package. The coconut creme is excellent–sweet and floral, just like coconut should be. I’d say “well done, Nabisco,” but fool me once…

Fool me twice. The bitter chocolate Oreo cookie dominates the coconut creme, and rules out its sweet, floral notes almost entirely. I’m a little bit baffled, since the combination chocolate and coconut has worked well before in everything from Mounds candy bars to Sno Balls, but somehow Nabisco whiffed big time on this one. What a letdown.

Nabisco Salted Caramel and Coconut Oreo Thins really seem like a missed opportunity. The featured creme in each Oreo Thin is great. The problem is, the creme flavors just don’t work with their respective cookies.

So, go ahead and bury me in a pile of Oreos–just make sure it’s not these ones.

Item: Nabisco Salted Caramel and Coconut Oreo Thins
Price and Place of Purchase: $3.99 each at Hy-Vee
Nutrition Facts (serving size-4 cookies): Salted Caramel: 150 calories, 60 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 100 milligrams of sodium, 15 milligrams of potassium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein.

Coconut: 140 calories, 50 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 90 milligrams of sodium, 45 milligrams of potassium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 12 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein.

In a Nutshell: Salted caramel and coconut cremes are both excellent. Both also totally overwhelmed by cookies. Here lies Snack Cellar, buried in Oreos.
Overall Score: Salted Caramel: 7 out of 10

Coconut: 6 out of 10

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