Allllll The Oreos
I knew there were Double Stuf and even Golden Oreos but... Fudge Cremes? Chocolate filling? NASCAR Oreos? Come meet them all.
Heads or Tails
While the golden cookies may not quite say "Oreo" to us, they're quite tasty—really, they taste more like Grandma's vanilla cookies than anything else—so this twist on the classic totally works for us. (I'm a huge Double Stuf proponent, so I'm pleased to see that so many of these variations default to double filling.)
Golden Double Stuf
The sweet-on-sweet of golden cookie and Double Stuf-portioned creme is a lot to take. (In fairness, the chocolate cookies are sweet too, but at least there's some other flavor going on there to help provide some balance.) But for creme fiends like me, these are pretty awesome. As a kid, I hated chocolate and would've loved these in my lunch box.
Triple Double Oreos
We tried the Triple Double Oreo when they were released: double filling and triple cookie, with an interstitial layer a la the Big Mac. Cookie, vanilla cream, cookie, chocolate cream, cookie—all in one bite. The real wild card here is the chocolate filling. But in truth, it's hardly distinguishable from the normal kind. It's just two Oreos' worth of cream, and, with the addition of that third cookie, it really is the cookie element that dominates. So if you're a cream fiend, stick with the Double Stuf. Would you rather up the cookie ratio while keeping the Double Stuf's bulk? Then the Triple Double might be for you.
Birthday Cake Oreo
Ah, the Birthday Cake Oreo; we've met you before, too. The look says "Funfetti," and that's a pretty clear indicator of the flavor, too. They end up tasting like the "Cake Batter" flavor at Coldstone Creamery, or a cross between that and Funfetti cake frosting. Intensely sweet, and much different than the standard Oreo cream. They even smell like frosting, rather than like Oreo. What they don't taste like: normal Oreos with sprinkles.
The filling of the Chocolate Oreos are chocolatey only in the very, very weakest, teaspoon-of-Hershey's-in-glass-of-milk way. So essentially, it's a slightly altered Double Stuf. (All of the flavors here had a Double Stuf amount of creme, rather than a single.)
Cool Mint Oreo
These were very minty, with a much more powerful flavor than the chocolate. Mintier than Thin Mints, even—we liked them quite a lot.
Golden Oreo Fudge Cremes
Wow, now we get into permutations of weird. Here's a one-sided Golden Oreo, with a very slight amount of creme, covered in chocolate. It's pretty cool as a cookie goes, like a chocolate-covered animal cracker, but it definitely doesn't say "Oreo"—if you didn't know it was Oreo-branded, you probably wouldn't guess.
Oreo Fudge Cremes
One-sided Oreo, a little creme, a coating of fudge. More for chocolate fans than "Oreo" fans; chocolate is the dominant flavor.
Mint Oreo Fudge Cremes
Definitely our favorite of the Fudge Creme set; they're like the happy lovechild of an Oreo and a Thin Mint. Unsurprisingly, they're pretty awesome frozen.
Peanut Butter Fudge Cremes
The peanut butter in these Oreos is a little creamier than, say, the Reese's version. And while it's on the sweeter end, it certainly tastes more like PB than just a peanut butter-flavored cream filling. There's not a ton of it; the double chocolate hit of cookie + fudge takes over the flavor, but there's enough. The whole thing ends up tasting not unlike a crunchy Reese's, or like the Girl Scout cookie Tagalongs (also known as Peanut Butter Patties).
Golden Oreo Birthday Fudge Cremes
Wow, getting even more involved. Thankfully, they're just the Golden Oreo Fudge Cremes with a few sprinkles on the outside—not the Birthday filling, which was really sweet and Funfetti-tasting.
Golden Chocolate Oreos
Again, these had a nicely crisp golden cookie with a barely-chocolate-tasting filling. I feel like they could've gotten a little more creative with the name, but no complaints.
Berry Burst Ice Cream Oreo
Okay, Oreo, this is where you lost me. The "Berry" filling had all the appeal of strawberry-flavored medicine, or lip gloss: an aggressive, super-sweet, downright unpleasant "fruit" flavor. Pass.
But some of the unlikelier combinations work, like the Creamsicle Oreo: those golden cookies and a combo creme–orange-creme filling that really, genuinely tastes like a Creamsicle. (Cremesicle?)
Double Stuf cookies, bright yellow frosting. Close cousins of Halloween Oreos and Holiday Oreos, not pictured.
Double Stuf with Nascar logos and images stamped into the top of the cookie. Not quite sure why these exist, but they're no different from a conventional Double.
These football-shaped cookies have just a single layer portion of creme. The cookies are a bit thicker and sort of lipped around the edges, so the cookie-creme ratio is much heavier on the cookie.
Not particularly recommendable. The brownies are a bit grainy and the frosting chalky, like something you'd expect from Weight Watchers. Oreo does cookies much better.
Much better than the brownies; tasty in a Hostess cupcake sort of way. The filling doesn't resemble Oreo creme at all; it's fluffy and overwhelmingly sweet and a little grainy. Which is fine, but you're definitely dealing with frosting here, not the comparatively restrained Oreo filling.
Double Stuf Oreo Cakesters
Same as the preceding, but WOW, even more sweet frosting. They aren't bad, per se, but I definitely would've liked these more when I was six years old.
Golden Oreo Cakesters
Basically a Twinkie in "Oreo" form, if a little less alien-squishy.
And the Classics
We had to try the classics, too, just as controls. You all know what this guy tastes like.
Reduced Fat Oreo
I went through a few dark years where my mother would only buy Reduced Fat Oreos, whose filling is gummy and doesn't twist off cleanly or even scrape off when you try with your teeth. My recommended Reduced Fat Oreo: eat fewer Oreos.
The new classic, it seems, given how many of the offshoots have Double Stuf–portioned filling.