It's never too early to get into the holiday spirit, and luckily, Oreo's got you covered with a brand-new festive flavor. To ring in the colder months, Oreo is unveiling a limited-edition Snickerdoodle cookie, and we got to taste it for ourselves before it hits stores on Oct. 17. The latest Oreo draws inspiration from the American snickerdoodle, a holiday staple characterized by a light, fluffy texture and a warm, cinnamon taste. Oreo's version takes the cookie we all know and love and adds a snickerdoodle-flavored cookie base and a cinnamon-flavored creme, complete with green and red sugar crystals for a little extra cheer. But the question remains: does it actually live up to the hype?
The smell of the snickerdoodle Oreos sells me before the cookies even make it out of their container. I pull off the plastic packaging and am instantly transported to cozy holiday parties and chilly winter nights (which is saying something, because I'm eating these in the middle of a heat wave), catching familiar notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. As any sane human would, I twist off one side of the base cookie first, eager to see how different it is from a typical vanilla Oreo, and I'm pleasantly surprised: the base is almost nutty in flavor, bringing to mind the almond windmill cookies I used to scarf down in my childhood (although Oreo products do not contain any nuts or nut traces) and sending through me another wave of nostalgia.
I take another bite, this time with the cinnamon creme, and am happy to report that the final product is not overbearingly sweet the way I feared it might be. The end result is a merry cinnamon-sugar twist perfect for anyone who feels like the holidays can't get here fast enough. While I don't personally see myself shoveling these down with quite the same fervor as traditional Oreos, the new flavor is still delicious and true to its inspiration. Plus, I can always appreciate a cookie with the ability to take me on a trip down memory lane. Try the new snickerdoodle Oreos for yourself, and if you like them enough, don't forget to leave a few out for Santa this holiday season.