Saturday, July 28, 2018

Strawberry Shortcake and Rocky Road Trip Oreo cookies


Oh man, it's been a while since I've done one of these. It's not like I haven't been trying all the new Oreo flavors, I have been. It's more like I buy a pack, get busy, and finish the package before I get a chance to write down my thoughts and take pictures. Lucky you, reader, that I went into this with the express intention of telling you just what I thought about these new flavors.

Let's get this over with, shall we?




Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake

If you've never bought ice cream in a middle school cafeteria, or from a van on the side of the road, then you could be forgiven for having never heard of Good Humor ice cream. Your normal everyday Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake bar is made up of a strawberry ice cream center, surrounded by vanilla ice cream, which is coated by crunchy strawberry and shortbread bits. They're awesomely delicious, or at least my memory tells me they are, since I haven't had one in at least 20 years.

Originally, I was feeling a bit "meh" about the packaging. Sure, they have the Good Humor truck up there at the top, and an example of the Strawberry Shortcake bars over to the side, but it didn't really seem all that special. As I was writing this though, I looked a bit closer and realized there were kids chasing after the Good Humor ice cream truck. It's a neat little detail, since most people would likely know the brand from neighborhood ice cream trucks, as opposed to their local grocer.




Rocky Road Trip 

I'm just now realizing that both of the limited Oreo flavors for the summer are ice cream flavors, though I hesitate to call "Rocky Road" a flavor. It's more a different variety of chocolate. Chop up some nuts and toss some marshmallows into a bowl of chocolate ice cream and you've got Rocky Road. Simple dimple, easy peasy.

The packaging design is a bit of a departure from your normal pack of Oreo cookies. Instead of plopping a big ol' bowl of Rocky Road ice cream on the front, we've got a couple of vacationers driving up a mountain of chocolate chunks and marshmallows. At least one of the carfuls has made it to the crest, though it seems they're losing most of their luggage on the way. I hope they're able to make it around that other car on their way back down, since there doesn't seem to be any other way off the Rocky Road.


As far as I know, this is the first time that Oreo has baked flavor bits into the cookie itself, rather than just adding it to the creme. The bits in the Strawberry Shortcake are better distributed, while the marshmallow bits in the Rocky Road cookies are barely there. Look at the photo above closely, and you'll see what I mean. If you ask me, they were a bit skimpy with the marshmallow pieces in that batch.


Opened up, you can see a little bit more marshmallow on the other side of the top cookie. It's still nowhere near as plentiful as the strawberry bits on the right. That's okay, because Rocky Road has another gimmick up its sleeve, Soy Nut Inclusions! Mmm mmm mmm! If you're wondering what the heck a soy nut is, it's basically a soy bean that's been roasted or baked. They probably used them here so folks with nut allergies could still enjoy the cookies. Still, I feel like they could have come up with a better term than inclusions. When I hear "inclusions", I think of mineral deposits, not delicious junk food. "Mom, can you buy me the Oreo's with soy rocks?" See? It just doesn't sound appetizing.

The Rocky Road cookies have chocolate creme sandwiched between chocolate cookies, so of course they mostly smell like chocolate.  The Strawberry Shortcake, however, has to be one of the strongest smelling Oreo flavors released by Nabisco. The artificial strawberry aroma is so powerful, you could probably make it an air freshener if you poked a bunch of holes in the sealed package with a fork. You'd also be a hit with all the ants in a 5 mile radius.

Something I've learned over my years of taste testing Oreo cookies, is that some of them taste better dry, while other flavors need to be dunked in milk to reach their full potential. Both of these are dunking flavors. Eaten dry on the fly, the flavor bits are completely lost amidst the cookies. Soften them up with a couple dunks though, and you'll bring out another layer of flavor. The marshmallow bits in the Rocky Road Oreo are pretty subtle, and are mostly overpowered by the chocolate creme and cookies. They're also a bit chewy, like the marshmallows in a bag of Lucky Charms that's been open too long. I had them get stuck in my teeth a couple of times. The soy nut inclusions don't really add much to the flavor, and I suspect they're more for texture than anything.

On the other hand, you can easily taste the flavor bits in the Strawberry Shortcake Oreo. They look like and taste like pieces of those individually wrapped strawberry candies that grandmothers love to keep in open bowls by their chairs. Unfortunately,  those bits, along with the strawberry creme, are almost too much. Eat more than the recommended serving, and they might start getting a little too tart. Still, the Strawberry Shortcake was my favorite of the two new flavors. The added marshmallow bit and soy nut inclusions weren't enough to differentiate the "Rocky Road" creme from the chocolate that's available all day, every day.


Of course, , you could always combine the two and remake the Chocolate Strawberry Oreo cookies from last year with the added bonus of marshmallow and strawberry flavor bits and soy nut inclusions.

You could just pretend they're strawberry seeds.

2 comments:

  1. I wish OREO would quit It with the deliciousness already.I walk by these In the cookie aisle and want to buy up every flavor.Same with Pringles.

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    1. Resistance is futile!

      I've tried a few of the Pringles flavors, but they're always overpowered by the chips themselves. It's a second of flavor, then about 30 seconds of potato.

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