I know they are a classic, but at 70 calories each and full of palm oil and high fructose corn syrup, Oreos don’t often make it into my snack cabinet. My candy blogger status does not guarantee an endless supply of junk food in the house. My better half often complains that I don’t buy enough chips and crap for the house, so while picking up some sweets for my sweet at Walmart on Valentine’s Day, I was stoked to find the Marshmallow Crispy Oreos I’ve heard so much about (but failed to find at Target). Though they didn’t also have the Cookie Dough Oreos, they did also have last year’s chocolate and vanilla Birthday Cake Oreos that are apparently now part of the regular line. I know I’m way late on this one, but I picked up chocolate anyway. Think of it as Birthday Cake Oreos Redux.
I took a good whiff of each as I broke the seal for photos. The chocolate Birthday Cake smelled sweet, like most “birthday cake” flavored things. I was surprised how much the Marshmallow Crispy smelled like actual ‘marshmallow treats’ (avoiding the obvious branding). Good call, Nabisco.
I had my boyfriend on hand on this one for a second opinion. Marshmallow Crispy came first because I just couldn’t help myself. I actually kind of like ‘Golden’ Oreos and the cookie was your normal cookie bit. The cream is obviously the main attraction in both of these cookies and honestly, I didn’t have high expectations. Marshmallow is a really tough flavor to capture. I was expecting these to just be super sugary and make me feel a little queasy, so you’ll have to imagine my surprise at how much these cookies actually got the essence of the marshmallow treat. Completely different texture, of course, but the similarity is undeniable. There are even little bits of what seems like puffed rice in there for texture, even though there’s no trace of actual puffed rice in the ingredients. We both liked them and I’ll eat more of these for sure. If you’re a ‘marshmallow treat’ fan, pick these up.
Next up was Birthday Cake. And I’m just going to say, “Sigggghhhhhh.” I love sprinkles. Love them. That waxy crap that stays in your teeth. That tasteless, squishy mash of artificial colors. Love. Them. That said, I didn’t like them in this cream. The cream had a waxy mouthfeel thanks to the sprinkles and left a film after finishing the cookie. The cream is ultra-sweet but not cakey. Like marshmallow, ‘cake batter’ is a tough flavor to replicate, but Nabisco just didn’t hit it on this one. I’m surprised these didn’t get voted off the cookie island. They aren’t quite different enough from or better than regular Oreos to make it in my world. I wouldn’t buy another package of these.
Looking forward to picking up some Cookie Dough Oreos the next time I dip into Target. While Birthday Cake was a pretty meh experience, Marshmallow Crispy did not disappoint. Here’s hoping Nabisco pulls it out on the next try.