[Review] Nabisco Limited Edition Hot Cocoa Oreos

ūüé∂¬†Oh, the weather¬†outside is frightful

That’s the opposite of¬†delightful

Hey, look! A new Oreo

Hot Cocoa, Hot Cocoa, Hot Cocoa¬†ūüé∂

Call me Frank Sinacktra.

Limited Edition Hot Cocoa Oreos are here! We already¬†kicked off winter with¬†Peanut Brrr-ittle M&Ms, so it feels appropriate to warm up with some hot cocoa.¬†Now all we need is¬†a little snow and more snack-inspired Christmas carols. “Crunch Nuts¬†roasting on¬†an open fire…

Hot Cocoa Oreos have fun seasonal packaging, but the cookies themselves look a lot like Oreos we’ve seen in the past.¬†Mississippi Mud Pie Oreos¬†were pretty much identical.¬†Is Nabisco just giving us the same old¬†cookies and¬†hoping we won’t notice? This¬†could¬†be a fun mystery, or at least a lot more fun than Mystery Oreos.

My first impression of these Hot Cocoa Oreos is the strong marshmallow scent. It’s a¬†much sweeter aroma than Mississippi Mud Pie Oreos. Hopefully that¬†means the flavor is different, too.

The dual layers of creme are practically fused together, so I did my best to taste them separately. The white layer of creme is¬†a different type of¬†sweetness compared to the standard Oreo creme. I can’t quite place my finger on it, but it really does taste like marshmallows.

If Nabisco did¬†resurrect any part of the Mississippi Mud Pie Oreo formula, it’s the chocolate creme. I said in my Mississippi Mud Pie Oreo review that it¬†reminds me of “a melted down version of a Tootsie Roll,” and that’s true with¬†Hot Cocoa Oreos, too–sweet, with a good cocoa flavor. Both layers of creme have this creamy, sugary thing going on that really works.

Add in the chocolate cookies, and those elements of the creme are preserved for the most part. The sweetness of the marshmallow sails over the chocolate components, just like a cup of real hot cocoa, and the sweeter chocolate creme stands out against the bitter chocolate cookie. That dynamic duo of marshmallow and chocolate cremes make the overall flavor more complex than Mississippi Mud Pie Oreos, which got a little redundant after eating one or two.

Overall, I enjoyed Hot Cocoa Oreos. The marshmallow flavor in the creme is surprisingly authentic, and the chocolate creme works fine. I wouldn’t rank¬†Hot Cocoa Oreos¬†among my favorite limited edition flavors, but I think Nabisco did a good enough job that they deserve a higher score than Mississippi Mud Pie Oreos, and they’ll make a good snack while you’re out caroling this winter.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: some deep fried pasta and cheese

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

Serving size‚ÄĒ2 cookies

140 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 85 milligrams of sodium, 40 milligrams of potassium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 13 grams of sugar, less than 1 gram of protein.
In a Nutshell: Marshmallow and chocolate cremes work well together. Better than Mississippi Mud Pie Oreos. Snack caroling.
Overall Score: 8 out of 10
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