[Review] Nabisco Limited Edition PB&J Oreos

Back in college, I took a food science class for fun. It was the biggest letdown of my life.

I thought we’d cover science-y topics about food, like “The Anatomy of a Kit Kat” and “Just Blame Gravity: Why You Feel Heavier After Eating an Entire Box of Twinkies.” But nope, it was actual food science, like the chemical compounds that make up foods. I couldn’t care less about what’s in the food I eat. Have you seen my diet?

New PB&J Oreos are now available exclusively at Kroger-owned stores, and they’re the subject of my imaginary food science course: “The Evolution of PB&J.” For such a simple sandwich, peanut butter and jelly has really changed a lot over the years. Check out this nifty diagram I made, which is equally scientific as the periodic table:

You will be tested on this later.

I’ve got to take a minute to geek out over the packaging for these PB&J Oreos. Their release is timed perfectly with the back-to-school season and Nabisco couldn’t have nailed that theme any better. The “Limited Edition” paper airplane, the little chalkboard equation describing the “PB&J cookie magic”…it almost makes me want to go back to school. Almost.

In case you couldn’t read the tiny chalkboard, PB&J Oreos feature a peanut butter creme and a jelly flavor creme between golden Oreo cookies. Both cremes are obvious in the smell of these Oreos–equally fruity and peanut buttery.

The jelly creme bears an obvious resemblance to the jelly center of Jelly Donut Oreos, and still tastes mostly like raspberry, but the jelly creme in PB&J Oreos is more vibrant and straightforward. It seems to benefit from having its own distinct side, compared to Jelly Donut Oreos where the sweet outer creme might have blended into the jelly center and affected its flavor. Ugh…food science.

The peanut butter creme reminds me strongly of the cream layer in Nutter Butters: perfectly sweet and nutty. It’s a little grainy, too, which my brain immediately associated with the texture of nut butter even though it’s obviously not the real thing.

The golden Oreo cookie is a fantastic way to round out these PB&J Oreos, adding a floury element to complete the “sandwich.”  Put together, the flavors of the peanut butter and jelly cremes balance well in every bite, although I do think these could use a little bit more of the jelly creme. Overall though, PB&J Oreos are definitely one of the better limited edition Oreo flavors this year.

There’s some great food science goin’ on here.

How Much It Cost and Where I Bought It: Sold at Kroger stores, but sent to me
Just the (Nutrition) Facts:

Serving size—2 cookies

140 calories, 50 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 90 milligrams of sodium, 25 milligrams of potassium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein.
In a Nutshell: Great Oreo twist on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Could use a bit more of the jelly creme. Getting laughed at when I tell people I’m an aspiring food scientist.
Overall Score: 8.5 out of 10
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