The newsroom weighs in: Traditional Oreos take the cake
A newsroom wide ballot put Oreo's novelty flavors to a taste test against the original. The results? Hardly surprising.
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Virtually all of our tasters said that the Watermelon Oreos did not, in fact, taste like their fruit counterparts. The Web team was especially vocal in this regard. Project manager David Javier called his tasting experience "disturbing," and analytics intern Colin Jamerson said that the Oreo he consumed "didn't go down well."Skip to next paragraph
Colby Bermel was a summer 2013 intern at The Christian Science Monitor, working in the op-ed and People Making a Difference departments. Born in Atlanta and raised in Boston, Colby is a rising sophomore at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, where he is double majoring in political science and mass communication. He is passionate about Twitter, music, and general shenanigans.
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Several staffers said it tasted like a Jolly Rancher, one of them being business intern Akane Otani. But she was quick to add that "it's scary because of the chemicals." Food editor Kendra Nordin echoed Otani's concerns, saying that it "tastes weird and artificial, like Bonne Bell lipstick."
Others said it tasted like gum – the Bubblicious brand, to be specific.
National news intern Chelsea Sheasley – one of the kindest people in the newsroom – shocked us all by saying something negative for the first time in her life. Specifically, she thought that the Watermelon Oreo was "weird." Home Forum intern Ben Frederick also thought it tasted weird, but for a different reason: "The green [cream] doesn't taste like rind. That's false advertising."
Some staffers went beyond taste in their analysis of the Watermelon Oreo. "How many ways is watermelon not like a cookie? It has no business being an Oreo," design director John Kehe said. "It should be wet, cold, slurpy, and refreshing. It's none of those things as a cookie."
Deputy international editor Ben Arnoldy was a bit nicer to the Watermelon Oreo. Although he looked down on the Bubblicious taste of the cream, "there's still the yummy cookie."
Managing editor Marshall Ingwerson, a man who chooses his words wisely, said two words of the Watermelon Oreo: "doesn't work."
The Sherbet Oreo – also limited edition – looks suspiciously similar to the Watermelon Oreo: vanilla wafers, green-pink cream. This proved to be problematic for some of our tasters, despite the Oreo sleeves being clearly labeled. Norm Williams of content sales initially thought the Watermelon Oreo tasted like sherbet, but was later shocked to discover that there actually was a sherbet-flavored Oreo.
"It tastes like sherbet. Kind of," Latin America editor Whitney Eulich said of the Sherbet Oreo.
Ms. Velasco, a woman with high standards, thought that there was "not enough sherbet-y tang." But several of us thought the opposite. Mr. Jamerson said that it was "too sweet," and Ms. Douglass said it "definitely has more 'pow'" than its Watermelon counterpart. Mr. Williams described this overwhelming taste as having "pop."
Middle East editor Ariel Zirulnick seemed to pinpoint what exactly this strong taste was: "dish soap, or how I think dish soap would taste." The ever-discerning Mr. Ingwerson said that "there's a weird chemical taste, maybe even a little vinyl, in there."
Innovation intern Katherine Jacobsen looked genuinely afraid when saying that she could "taste the dyes."
Ms. Otani didn't even consider the sherbet-flavored cookie to be an Oreo: "It's awkward. It's aspiring to be an Oreo." Mr. Javier disagreed, saying that "although it's a little creepy, I can still detect its essential Oreo-ness."
With regards to Javier's comment, Ms. Lee asked: "Wait, did you make note that this flavor is evil?"
Interestingly enough, two of us thought of alternate ways to consume Sherbet Oreos. "If you froze these, it'd be the closest thing to sherbet," magazine cover story intern Andrew Averill said. Mr. Arnoldy agreed, saying "I like my sherbet cold."
Sarah Oakes, the Monitor's bubbly marketing associate, said "I actually kind of like it." But Mr. Murphy, now infamous in the newsroom for his "no, no, no" comment, invalidated Oakes' praise with a thumbs-down gesture.
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