Oreo celebrated its 100th birthday this year and has been cranking out new flavors with America's sweet tooth in mind. Two new fudge creme cookies — Coconut Delight and Double Chocolate Fudge — have been dubbed as Oreos.
The newsroom of the Naples Daily News did a taste test and the results are in. Everyone liked one or the other and some enjoyed both. Double Chocolate Fudge won by a nose, or should we say a bite. Most tasters were surprised that the cookie — despite its triple whammy of chocolate base, chocolate frosting and chocolate coating — wasn't too sweet, and enjoyed the crunch of the thin cookie under the chocolate topping.
The majority felt the cookies were a takeoff of the Girl Scouts Thin Mint cookies and were delighted that these could be left in the refrigerator or freezer to conquer a snack attack.
Complaints: The thinness of the coconut layer in Coconut Delights gave not enough of a real coconut taste, said some. Others didn't like the idea these are single cookies with a topping and chocolate coating, not a sandwich cookie like the original Oreo.
Here are observations from a few of the tasters:
Katherine Albers, Collier County government and transportation reporter: "The chocolate one was perfect. Too much chocolate makes me sick, but this was just the right amount. I liked the coconut one the best, although I thought it could have more coconut."
Tim Aten, In the Know columnist: "I was surprised that both cookies were thin and chocolate covered, which I liked. I was expecting fudge or coconut-flavored creme sandwiched between two cookies a la the beloved classic Oreo. Although I liked them, I don't think Nabisco should be calling these new creations Oreos, capitalizing on something that they are not."
"Double Chocolate Fudge is the best of the two cookies sampled because it reminds me of Thin Mints, which have always been my favorite Girl Scout cookie hands down. As with Thin Mints, the crispness counts here."
Leigh Tahirovic, Marco Magazine editor and health and fitness and religion editors: " I preferred the coconut ones. It has a mild coconut flavor and even dare I say a hint of mint. Better served cold or frozen."
Amy Bright Stubblefield, Naples Daily News single copy sales manager: "Chocolate was perfect. I am an Oreo cookie (cookie part only) fan and could normally do without the 'stuff' completely, but the chocolate 'stuff' was good on this one and there was just enough of it."
At 180 calories for three cookies, with 80 calories from fat, everyone agreed that these were winners for adults and children alike: sweet enough to satisfy a child and the child inside of every adult without being an overdose of sugar.