Remember back in July, when I got to cross Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bites off of my Fat Kid Wish List™?
Well, it’s time to cross off Nutella Oreos, too!
Okay, they’re not actually Nutella Oreos, but “Chocolate Hazelnut” is an obvious reference to the iconic spread. Chocolate Hazelnut Oreos join Hot & Spicy Cinnamon Oreos as another new Oreo flavor from Nabisco this month. So, by default, they’re also the superior new Oreo flavor from Nabisco this month.
Fellow Oreo enthusiasts will recall that Nabisco has had a pretty good run with Oreo flavors based on spreads. PB&J Oreos and Cookie Butter Oreos were some of the better limited edition flavors that debuted last year. And in my Cookie Butter Oreos review, I even predicted that Nutella Oreos might pop up in the future. I’m not saying I have special psychic abilities or anything, but…
I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty skeptical of Nabisco’s choice to use the golden cookie here. The buttery golden cookie works well with sweeter flavors like PB&J Oreos and Waffles & Syrup Oreos, but this chocolate hazelnut creme is presumably darker and more complex. Won’t the golden cookie overpower the chocolate hazelnut creme? The only way to find out is by eating some, which is just the best problem to have.
Chocolate Hazelnut Oreos have a cocoa-heavy aroma. It’s almost purely chocolate, but there’s a subtle sweet and nutty scent that comes through as well. The smell of Chocolate Hazelnut Oreos actually strongly reminds me of Keebler E.L. Fudge cookies, which similarly have a buttery “golden” cookie and fudge creme filling. Are these so-called “Chocolate Hazelnut Oreos” just Nabisco’s ripoff version of E.L. Fudge cookies?!
Put down your tiny little pitchfork, Ernie, because this chocolate hazelnut creme is more than just “fudge creme.” Its flavor leads with a deep, rich cocoa, but a nutty aspect quickly emerges too. There’s a great balance of both chocolate and hazelnut going on here, and it’s actually a strong representation of Nutella.
Adding the golden cookie does dampen the creme’s complexity, but fortunately, not as much as I had feared. The sweet chocolate still comes through, and the hazelnut lingers well into the aftertaste. I do think the golden cookie makes it harder to taste the darker cocoa flavor of the creme, but otherwise, this is a really great Oreo.
If you’ve been holding your breath for “Nutella Oreos” like I have, Chocolate Hazelnut Oreos strongly deliver. The chocolate hazelnut flavored creme is well-balanced and true to the spread that inspired it. I still don’t love the use of the golden cookie, but it’s not nearly the disaster it could have been. I’m happy to cross one more item off of my Fat Kid Wish List™.
Next on the wish list: Oreo paste in a squeezable tube. Make it happen, Nabisco!
|How Much It Cost and Where I Bought It:||$2.99 at Target|
|Just the (Nutrition) Facts:
Serving size—2 cookies
|140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 80 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of total sugars (includes 11 grams added sugars), 1 gram of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||Chocolate hazelnut creme is excellent and true to Nutella’s flavor. Golden cookie masks some of the more complex aspects of the creme. Can’t wait to cross Oreo Whiz off of my Fat Kid Wish List™.|
|Overall Score:||9 out of 10|