It’s gotten to the point where, the moment a new Limited Edition Oreo flavor is announced, I receive texts and get tagged in posts from friends who want to make sure I’m aware of the new addition, so that I can blog about it once the flavor is released. (Most recently, I was made aware of the upcoming “Mickey Mouse Birthday” Oreos, expected this Fall, featuring chocolate cookies and birthday cake flavored creme center. Sounds promising!)
So, it came as quite the surprise to stumble up on Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Oreos at my local Acme supermarket this afternoon. Unlike some of the “what were they thinking?” flavors they’ve rolled out in the past (I’m looking at you, Cherry Cola Oreos), this one seemed to make a lot of sense. I was excited to give them a try–but not before scolding my alleged “friends” on Facebook for failing to make me aware of them ahead of time. Slackers. 😉
As soon as you open the bag, the aroma of chocolate and peanut butter wafts out–a pleasant, promising start.
The cookie itself is said to be graham flavored, but its so subtle, that note gets lost in the overall cookie. Sadly, the same can be said for the chocolate creme filling–even though most of the cookies I opened up looked as though there was a larger ratio of chocolate creme to peanut butter creme, the peanut butter flavor completely overwhelms the chocolate.
Overall, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Oreo tastes pretty close to a round Nutter Butter Cookie. Although you can smell the chocolate aroma straight away, and you can certainly taste the chocolate if you eat just that side of the creme filling separately, the chocolate is barely perceptible when you bite into the whole cookie, and the peanut butter creme has that same artificial peanut taste that you get from the creme inside of a Nutter Butter. The difference is that genuine Nutter Butter cookies are made with real peanut butter (probably in the cookie part itself). Both products are made by Nabisco, and I’m betting it’s the exact same filling for both.
So, the answer to the question, “Are they any good?” depends upon your threshold for artificial flavors. If you enjoy the faux peanut creme flavor of Nutter Butters, you’re probably going to love this. If you’re more of a peanut butter purist, you might find them a little too cloying.
My recommendation to Nabisco/Mondelez would be to try releasing these with chocolate sandwich cookies, rather than graham flavored ones, to help balance out the flavor more…or just discontinue this Limited Edition altogether, and stick with those tried-and-true Nutter Butters. Nevertheless, I give this effort a solid B–they’re not bad, but they’re not something I’d buy again.