Everytime I look at a packet of Oreos it reminds me of my many trips I have taken in the past to New York USA. One of the things I loved about my trips was seeing and experiencing foods and snacks that you could only get over there, and this was one of them.
I remember while working in a well known up market department store over 10 years ago in their food hall, they had a section of groceries that were American based/branded. Compared to the cost of buying them over in the States and what this department were selling them for was quite scarily priced but these were not everyday products you could buy from your local supermarket at the time. Things have changed a lot know, and the Oreo cookie in different varieties are readily available and are on offer probably every couple of months, but are sold in discount stores such as B & M constantly for 49p of for a 154g pack.
How is this packaged?
They come wrapped up in plastic covering with the cookies stacked up so the packaging is long in length and short in depth-tube like. The main colourings of the packet are dark and pale blue. On the front is the logo for ' Oreo ', a picture of the cookies themselves . On the back is the nutritional information, contents and sell by date.
Sugar, wheat flour, vegetable fats (with antioxidants: E-306, E-304), fat reduced cocoa powder (7%), glucose and fructose syrup, raising agents (sodium and ammonium bicarbonates), whey powder (from milk), cocoa mass, salt, emulsifier (soya lecithin), flavouring (vanillin). CONTAINS WHEAT, GLUTEN, SOYA, MILK.
What does the product look like?
The cookie is made up of two dark coloured chocolate biscuits. The cookie itself has patterns imprinted into it with the Oreo logo embossed in the middle of it. Jammed between the two biscuits is a vanilla cream, white in colour. Some variations of the Oero the cream is chocolate brown in taste and colour.
How does it taste
They are sweet, and taste very chocolately, quite rich in fact. The cream itself takes off the richness of the chocolate but is very sweet. My children enjoy eating these, but cant eat too many as they are very sweet. They love pulling them apart, licking off the cream then eating the two chocolate biscuits individually. Me on the other hand, I don't mess around and eat the cookies in acouple of bites.
Would I eat/buy these again?Yes I would if the cost is below 50p per packet, but I wouldnt buy them often as they are at times even too rich for me, but nice to eat acouple as a snack with a hot drink.
I am a big fan of Oreos, I think they are so unique and there is nothing like them on the market. Oreos come in a long packet or tube and have a picture of Oreos on blue packaging along with the logo. They can usually be bought for £1 and a lot of the time they can be found on offer too. There is a range of varieties available now, such as double stuff Oreos with double the creme in the middle or mini Oreo tubs, which are filled with little tiny Oreos, perfect for the little ones, or even lunchboxes I would imagine.
Oreos consist of 2 dark chocolate bicuits sandwhiched together with sweet vanilla creme. The contrast between the rich chocolate biscuits and then vanilla creme is delicious. The biscuits aren't overly sweet which balances out the sweetness of the filling. The biscuits are crunchy but not crumbly, which reduces the mess when you eat them.
Oreo cookies are more well known thanks to the adverts which depict various people playing with their Oreos before eating them. Their tip is to twist it, so that the 2 biscuits come apart and then lick it, so lick the filling off and then put the 2 halves back together and then dunk them in some milk. However, personally this is too much effort for me and I prefer to just dunk them in my cuppa. Each to their own.
Overall, at their very cheap price and with their delicious taste, they are well worth buying. The only thing that puts me off about them is their calorie content. At around 45 cals a biscuit, they aren't something I can afford to eat every day.
It has been brought to my attention that there is a little bit of Oreo-hating going on here. As someone on the other side of the Oreo fence, let me extol the virtues of this humble and misunderstood biscuity snack.
Why are Oreos different? Well, the chocolate flavour in the biscuit is quite intense - the colouring is much darker than in your average bourbon, say. The biscuits flanking the cream centre are not excessively sweet and the cream centre itself (although perhaps a slightly unnervingly bright shade of white) is a complementary sweet vanilla flavour. This is if you choose to eat your biscuit as a sandwich. I don't know anyone who does this.
Re: the tea dunking issue mentioned in other reviews - please readers, I implore you to be more creative in your attempts to dunk - where there is a will there is most certainly a way! I find if you separate the two biscuits you can dunk the one without cream in your tea. Please note this may leave unpleasant looking fat globules floating on the surface of your tea (as I noticed to my dismay earlier this week). Then you proceed to remove the cream with teeth / tongue (individual preference). You now have another chocolate biscuit to tea dunk. Don't tell me you can't dunk an Oreo - I've been doing it for years!
Compared the the regular sandwiches, the double stuff variety are less easily found - I've had most luck in Asda and in Quality Save - but they are equally delicious and a real treat when you find them. 71kcal and 3.3g of fat in the 14.9g Oreo stack I have in my cupboard currently. I don't have access to the nutritional information for the regular Oreos, but if my memory serves me right, these contain around 50kcal. This surprised me, as even a Double Stuff Oreo contains less calories than a chocolate digestive or a chocolate hobnob. Still, they're not exactly the food of the dieter, but a nice occasional indulgence nonetheless. And they really do feel indulgent, much more so than digestives, for example.
I personally don't find them sickly at all, but I do have a very sweet tooth. Prices fluctuate wildly throughout the year dependent on what offers different supermarkets have on. They're priced similarly to other premium biscuit lines. If you've never tried them and see them on offer somewhere I'd encourage you to give them a go.
Oreo's are a rare creature, a genuine American cookie that's made it over to the United Kingdom in original recipe form, launched here in 2008 by Kraft in Sainsbury's. The Oreo cookie is as American as the Stars and Stripes and the world's most popular cookie in the last century. Kraft/Nabisco has just completing a mind boggling 491 billion sales world-wide of this little innocuous biscuit. It's also Chinas most favourite cookie after just 10 years in the People's Republic. They are seriously popular treats and helped build the huge Nabisco Empire. The Americans enjoy them as a 'milk dipper', as wholesome a tradition and appeal as you can get in America, sitting in a clear jar with a cork top next to those American pies on the dinner table.
Anyone who has been to the States and sampled their cakes and confectionary will know just how sweet and salty they are and an acquired pallet, just as our sweets and biscuits are to them. To be honest I struggled with that sweetness and the Alpine sprinkling of salt on top and resorted to mainly surviving on potato chips (as they call crisps there) when snacking. But you do feel obliged to try iconic America snacks that haven't quite made it over the pond when you are there like Oroes and Hershey Bars and so many a packet stuffed in people's suitcases and rucksacks on the return.
'Oreo' grammatically comes from the Greek for orally appetizing, stimulating and beautiful, my kind of woman. There are many theories pointing to the origin of the product name 'Oreo', including derivations from the French word 'Or', meaning gold (as early packaging was gold). If you're not a fan of the bar then you could say it's 'Oreo-ble'!
--- How to eat him or her ---
To eat a cookie for the first time you should devour it like your lover. Start by gently un-wrapping the package from the top with gentle hands, and if it puts up resistance then just rip off the top until it concedes to your manly authority. Take hold of the between your fore fingers and thumb and smell its aroma and then slowly move you your lips to it. A gentle flick of the tongue at first should be preceded with a nibble and lick, before you take your first bite, savouring the sensations of the treat to come. If the cookie is firm to the bite then bite harder until it surrenders to your command, still gripping hard the base of your packet. As with beautiful women you need to take control of your consumption as you work your way through the body or it will crumble away in your hands. Never waste what you are devouring. Be greedy and enjoy it all. I'm personally a side nibbler when I get down to business before I get to the cream centre. But if you do go straight for the milky centre of the Oreo then makes sure you swallow it all in one for its sweetly bitter conclusion. Don't come to quick at it.
The outer shell is slightly bitter but does have that distinctive American sharpness to their chocolate. Its snaps easily in the mouth for a pleasant early taste although a bit of a crumbler so have a small plate ready. Because of that they crumble easily in the packet on route to the shop from America so, like your men, girls, best give them a test squeeze before you purchase. The vanilla centre does have enough of a vanilla taste to justify the biscuits claims although it has an after tang you don't expect. But they are sickly and you won't be able to eat more than three before they go back in the biscuit tin. You get about 12 in the packet. Most of mine were broken.
---Packet & Price---
We have two box versions and the traditional tube shape available in the U.K. I'm reviewing the tube version. The box version is for the bigger 150 gram deal for £1.61p, those, the Mini Oreo brand, and the boxed 100g regular ones for £1.20, slightly more than the tube 100g version. Both box versions are running a 'win a holiday in Florida' competition. Oreos have just released a Bourbon style Oreo with the same chocolate biscuit style as that British classic but with a chocolate filling instead of the vanilla one. Sainsbury's were the most expensive for the tube I could find at £1.18p whilst Tesco at £1.09. The cheapest was the Coop at 99p.
Calories - 160
Calories from Fat - 60
Total Fat - 7g (11 %)
Saturated Fat - 2g (10 %)
Trans Fat 0g - (0 %)
Cholesterol 0mg - (0 %)
Sodium 160mg - (7 %)
Total Carbohydrate 25g - (8 %)
Dietary Fiber -1g (4 %)
Vitamin A (0 %)
Calcium (2 %)
Vitamin C (0 %)
Iron (10 %)
Most of that lot is carbohydrate and so sugar and so pass them round folks! As far as biscuits go the are ok although not in the league of British classics like Custard Creams and Chocolate Digestives, or the all-time great of the mighty Toffee Pops! I can not contemplate why they discontinued those. I suppose you could say the Oreo is a simple cross between the Custard Cream and the Bourbon and that's it. They certainly taste more Bourbon than Custard Cream and the vanilla filling genuinely that. But, like I said, they are very sickly and so may deter you from another purchase if this is your first time. Burt they certainly do take the biscuit on price.
I first tried Oreos many many years ago when a friend came back from America with a packet for us all to try, those were the days when food could be brought back in suitcases! now we have to wait for them to arrive in the shops and so they have.
In the last few years Oreos have broken into the UK market. They are different I must say and are worth a try but it may be a love it or hate it experience.
Oreos originals are two very dark round biscuit's with a vanilla creme centre, the biscuit is very different to a bourbon which is the only similar biscuit I know of in the UK, Oreos are much more rich and chocolatey and a slightly different texture, the creme is pretty similar to any creme in the middle of a biscuit in the UK but the combination is nice. There are as with any creme biscuits many ways to eat them! I love to twist mine appart and scrape the vanilla creme off the one side and then eat the biscuits, I also love to dunk them in a cup of tea! I even have a recipe to make truffles with them in a blender! very yum!
Oreos now come in a variety of different packs from mini packs to boxes and in a variety of flavours such as doulbe chocolate which is a chocolate creme centre. You can also get a cookies and creme ice cream which is very tasty - or make your own.
Overall I love the taste of Oreos and have done since I first tasted them years ago. They are a little pricey but often on offer I've seen them for 2 for £1. but usually they're between 80p and £1 per packet and you don't get that many in a packet either. This works out at 63.5p per 100g roughly and compares with foxes crunch creams at 54p per 100g. So I just get them when they're on offer ie 2 for £1.
Oreos the popular biscuit enshrined in US media mythology have finally made their way into my home, at the behest of my youngest daughter.
Oreos are currently being advertised on tv in their 'double' form, where you get an extra thick layer of the creamy filling. The biscuits come in several 'formats' a standard 'tube' where you take one biscuit at a time (or put them in a biscuit tin), a box with individual packets each containing 4 biscuits, and a mini Oreo pack, I'm sure there are others but I can't track them down right now, they all sell for just over or under a pound.
The biscuits are a rich dark brown and deeply embossed giving them a nice quality look and feel before you even get your gnashers into them. As you open the pack (an attractive mid blue emblazoned with Oreos and milk) a mouthwatering chocolatey vanilla smell envelops you.
The biscuits have a nice crisp 'bite' and develop a reasonably, almost shortbready texture once chewed. They are very chocolatey, but not as much as I had expected from the smell and look, the vanilla filling too for me was a bit lacking, in my opinion they are not terribly pleasant. The taste reminds me of some of the old fashioned bourbon biscuits you used to get in a Christmas selection at your granny's, a bit of a bitter after taste and a bit too hard.
Referring again to the current advert where a grandmother and grandaughter enjoy a 'fun' race to twist, lick and dunk their Oreo in a glass of milk, as per the suggestion (trying to get people to have fun with their biscuits and therefore buy and eat more of the calorie and sugar laden treat) - Well never mind the recent vote for/against AV this is something that splits the family (more than the AV vote if truth were told, we all voted the same on that and it wasn't no). My youngest thinks they are particularly delicious this way, and says that the milk releases the chocolateyness of the biscuit. I, my wife and eldest daughter felt a bit of a dick trying this, but try it we did. Honestly our opinion was that it was ok, but if your going to dunk it in milk just ram the whole thing in rather than messing about with twisting and licking (this seems to be the wife's ethos with lots of things). Honestly the biccies aren't going to hang about long enough in our house to bother playing with them. the kids will eat anything.
There are other biscuits I would enjoy a lot more than these but my daughters like them and at a reasonable price they are a nice treat from time to time. Anything that can keep the youngest out of my hair and quiet for ten minutes playing with her food gets my vote on that alone.
about 52 calories per biscuit
I first noticed Oreos when on holiday in the US but didn't try them, they seem to be incredibly popular over there though so I wasn't surprised to see them start appearing in this country slowly but surely over the last few years. Oreos seem to have become really popular over the last few months especially, with people proclaiming them to be moreish, addictive, delicious and definitely the biggest revelation in the biscuit world since the Jaffa Cake debacle of '91.
I finally got round to trying an Oreo today, and well, I'm a bit disappointed to be honest! After all the hype I was expecting a brand new, exciting and unique taste sensation, what a complete letdown!
Oreos are a sandwich type biscuit in the good old tradition of custard creams and jammie dodgers. They consist of two 'chocolate' biscuits with a white creamy sugary sweet filling, referred to just as 'stuff' according to the packet, or 'doublestuff' in the variety that has more of this cream.
The biscuits are a very weird texture, not quite crispy enough to call themselves biscuits in my opinion, a bit chewy and a bit sort of dusty and powdery. They also don't taste remotely of chocolate. They are a very dark almost black colour that sticks to your teeth like you wouldn't believe, don't eat these if you can't brush your teeth afterwards! The cream in the middle is ok, if a little sweet for most tastes. Tasted together, the combination is just weird, in both texture and flavour and I didn't enjoy it at all. Although I admit, I did have two in the interests of giving them a fair chance and of being informed enough to write this review!
As with lots of biscuits, Oreos are no friend to the dieter or to those trying to take care of their teeth, at 52 calories for the standard Oreo and a whopping 140 calories for the 'doublestuff' version, these things are a bit more calorific than your average biscuit, without enough of a taste difference to justify it. You couldn't even dunk one in your brew really, it would probably fall apart and ruin whatever you were drinking!
I say have a Jaffa Cake instead!
I recently bought some Oreos from Poundland. They had a good offer of two packs for £1 and seeing as they are 93p in Sainsbury's I thought it quite the bargain. Oreos are traditionally a very American biscuit but they have been seen here for a few years now.
They come in tubes, packets and snack packs. They also do absolutely loads of special varieties; I liked the original but also decided to try the chocolate cream ones. As with the original version, there are two biscuity layers with a crème centre, but with this new one, it is chocolate rather than vanilla crème.
I really liked the original and find that the fact that there is chocolate crème inside does not really make much difference to me as I thought the chocolate of the biscuit was quite overwhelming and I realised that I missed having the vanilla flavour of the crème to contrast with. Also, it somewhat loses its aesthetic appeal I felt.
I also found, though this is true to all varieties, that it crumbled far too easily ending up all over the floor and often separated in the packets, meaning that each time you just pulled out half a biscuit.
They are already very sweet treats, but with the changing of the crème to chocolate, you lose the contrast in taste and appearance and it really does become just too sickly and it ends up feeling like you're eating a Bourbon biscuit.
As with many things, the original is the best...