Oreo Launches Two New Flavors: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

01/23/2014 at 04:05 PM ET

Cookie Dough and Marshmallow Crispy Oreo Flavors
Courtesy Nabisco

What’s black and white and crunchy all over?

Cookie Dough Oreos and Marshmallow Crispy Oreos, the latest flavors that Nabisco will introduce for a limited run on February 3.

As hard-core classic Oreo lovers, we were a bit dubious that these new kids in town would pack the flavor and crunch punch that the vanilla cream, which celebrated its 100th birthday in 2012, does so well. We remember other limited-edition flavors that didn’t quite measure up. (Candy Corn Oreos, we’re talking to you.)

So we did a pre-launch taste test at PEOPLE.com. Staffers used both time-honored Oreo-eating techniques: breaking apart the cookies from the cream and eating them separately as well as gobbling them intact.

The Cookie Dough variety—chocolate wafers with bits of chocolate chips in chocolate cream—tasted like many things to the staffers. Unfortunately none of those things was cookie dough.

Tasters noted “hints of caramel” and “a chocolate mousse flavor.” One sophisticate even detected a “smoky flavor like coffee” and thinks the cookie would appeal to “mature palettes” more than kids.

After taking their first bite of the Marshmallow Crispy Oreo—vanilla wafers with crispy bits in vanilla cream—tasters were shocked at how sugary the cookie was. “It gave me a jolt!” said one. “It burned my throat!” joked another. “The first bite was good but the next was cloyingly sweet,” said a third. And then they all reached for more.

Which did the crowd prefer overall? Marshmallow Crispy for its close resemblance, flavor-wise, to a Rice Krispies Treat.

Snap, crackle, winner!

—Nancy Mattia

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Cj on

Uh…. LOVE!! Can’t wait to try!!

greeneyezzz on

I will try both flavors but for some reason neither one makes me want to rush out and try it.

Anonymous on

I liked the rice crispy treat better and the cookie dough tastes like coffee

Stephanie McClanahan on

Just a thought, in this time of a bad economy, could Nabisco take Oreo with all the different flavors and repackage them into a variety pack ? Such as reg Oreo ,cookie dough,and double stuff in one package so that people in a tight budget that can’t afford 3 packs of cookies would have the option of buying one with a great variety . Just a thought think it would be a great marketing tool.

Judith Moran on

I am a coffee lover; every day I wish for coffee flavored cream inside Oreo cookies. Is there any way this could happen?

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