Random Thoughts – S’mores Oreos, Helldivers, Kirby

Here are some random things (3, to be exact!) that I have to say for you today.

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1 – S’mores Oreos came out last week. I was tempted to do a Review ALL The things of them for you this week, but I’ll leave that to Luis over at Oreo Life to review. Here are my quick thoughts, though. They’re phenomenal cookies, and you should all go out and buy them. I used to say that the Reese’s Oreos were unconditionally my favorite flavor, but S’mores gives them a run for their money. They got the graham cracker-flavored cookie spot-on (much better than their red velvet cookies, at any rate) and the filling and cookie complement each other’s flavors well. My lab demolished a package of them over the course of two days, which seems like a long time until you realize that it was Sunday and Memorial Day.

2 – I am terribly addicted to Helldivers at the moment. Got it on Friday, and I’m already up to level 16. Helldivers is a top-down twin stick shooter by Arrowhead Games, the same company that brought us Magicka. Two of the things that I love most about it are the fact that it is cross-…well, EVERYTHING (play, save and buy between PS4, PS3 and Vita), as well as the fact that it allows for both couch and online co-op, with blending between the two allowed. With the industry’s constant shift towards online-only multiplayer, this is a breath of fresh air. I spent most of it playing solo, but got readdicted when I played with a few friends online. Looking to getting a few local friends together to play it, as well as finding new people to play it online with!

3 – I’m also playing Kirby’s Dream Collection (as some of you saw on my stream two weeks ago). Although I mainly got it for an opportunity to play Kirby Super Star again (as my DS card for Super Star Ultra doesn’t like cooperating), I spent a good hour or so just going through the history of Kirby and learning about all of the spin-off games that were made. Also, getting to play Kirby’s Adventure and Kirby 64 for the first time is definitely welcome as well! Now, if only they would bring back Yo-Yo in the new games…Whip is kind of a compromise, but it isn’t 90’s enough for me.

 

Review ALL the Things/Double Dipping – Cotton Candy Oreos

This week, I finally start reviewing ALL the things, and not just the game things. As part of a guest post for a friend’s blog, Oreo Life, I’m reviewing Cotton Candy Oreos! I guess that would technically make this a Double Dipping post as well?

Cotton Candy Oreos were supposedly available at Target from April to May of 2015, but both he and I went to a few different Targets in both NorCal and SoCal, and didn’t find them. Thanks to the power of the internet, however, I was able to get a box!

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The box is the standard limited edition fashion, with more of a square shape than the rectangular box that Oreo aficionados are used to seeing. Inside were Golden Oreos, with a blue/pink blend of creme filling. I had read somewhere that the colors would be perfect for a baby shower? Anywho, on to the tasting!

Whole cookie:

I wanted to start with eating the Oreo as is, instead of how I usually eat Oreos. It…really didn’t taste like anything, to be honest, kinda like a generic vanilla creme cookie. I didn’t notice a distinct cotton candy flavor until I had tried them again after eating just the filling. Fortunately, they chose to use the Golden Oreos instead of the regular chocolate Oreos, else the chocolate flavor would’ve been overpowering!

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Deconstructed cookie:

As is the norm for me when eating Oreos, I have a method of eating them popularized by one of my favorite Oreo commercials. First, you twist the cookie (hopefully the filling stays on one side), and then you lick the filling clean from the cookie. Finally, you eat the cookie (milk optional). This method has the advantage of helping people actually taste the filling, to better understand what flavor they were trying to go for.

The twist:

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The cookie was twisted open, and the frosting stayed on one side. Good so far…

The lick:

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The filling was a bit resistant, but it was overall lickable off of the cookie. I could finally taste the cotton candy flavoring this way, and the flavoring was a bit weak. Mostly tasted like sugar, but not the cotton candy sugar flavor. Fortunately, the flavor didn’t persist for too too long.

The Crunch:

I didn’t realize this before, but Golden Oreos have a fairly strong buttercream flavor to them on their own. Normally, the filling counteracts this somewhat, but in this case, that was the major taste you got when eating the Cotton Candy Oreos on their own.

The Ranking:

On Oreo Life, Oreos get ranked into one of five tiers based on a completely biased opinion. We shall do the same here. Overall, Cotton Candy Oreos aren’t offensive to the tastes, unlike some other flavors (looking at you, Fruit Punch Oreos. Crystallized sugar pieces, really? Disgusting!) However, they didn’t really give much of a punch flavorwise either. They were kinda just there. So, my ranking for this cookie is 3/5, or ‘Cookie Tier’ on Oreo Life’s ranking scheme.

Where can I find them?

Amazon? You might be lucky and see them at a Target in your area, but I don’t think that this flavor is going to be sticking around for much longer.

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Double Dipping: Lizquag Eats Oreos

Due to packing and trying to move out of my apartment by tomorrow evening, no creatively-functional blog update for you today. Sorry!

However, this is the prime time to do the first of post type #3 – Double Dipping! In this, I’ll shamelessly plug another blogger or Youtuber whose material I enjoy/have taken part in.

First up – Luis J (Lizquag.com).  He is a semi-pro (but not really) Oreo and soda taster. He’s done a few videos documenting his eating and rating of several different Oreos, as well as a soda. I generally am there as a co-commentator, although I don’t know how well my voice usually picks up for it. Anywho, give his videos a listen, and leave him some comments asking for more updates (He’s got a backlog of like 5-10 videos that he still needs to work on…)!