When the city you’ve moved to dips into minus temperatures two months before winter officially starts and its mayor, Rob Ford, admits to smoking crack and is caught on film ranting wildly about murdering someone, all in the same week, you start looking for tangible reasons to stay. Luckily for me, Toronto answered my silent plea for love. And its answer was Gingerbread Oreo Cookies and Candy Cane “Eat The Middle First” Cookies, aka Fake Oreo cookies.
Snack review time!
Gingerbread Oreo Cookies
The official name for these cookies is Limited Edition Gingerbread Flavor Crème Oreo cookies, but that doesn’t really roll off the tongue as easily as Gingerbread Oreo cookies does. Ergo I shall stick with the latter name, thanks all the same Nabisco.
These Gingerbread Oreo cookies marked my first experience with Golden Oreo cookies. To be honest, I’ve never been interested in these pale imitations of the black-as-night original Oreo cookies, but gingerbread? GINGERBREAD, PEOPLE. That’s a whole ‘nother story.
Gingerbread isn’t quite pain d’epice, but I’ll take it. In fact, I snatched it — right from the stand at the Longo’s by my work, almost before I’d even realised what my hand was reaching for.
If all else failed, I knew these would be tasty slathered in peanut butter, at least.
Did I eat half my packet of Gingerbread Oreo cookies via peanut butter hack? Yes, yes I did. I screwed apart the halves, spread peanut butter on the non-iced half, then delicately placed the cookie sandwich back together. Delicately, because I am a lady.
However, these Gingerbread Oreo cookies were remarkably tasty on their own, too. They err on the sweet side (as does practically every storebought cookie in North America), but the gingerbread cream filling does have a distinct ginger-and-assorted-spices flavour.
I might buy these again. In fact, I’m plotting a batch of peanut butter Gingerbread Oreo blondies as we speak…
President’s Choice Candy Cane “Eat The Middle First” Cookies
If Limited Edition Gingerbread Flavor Crème Oreo cookies is an unwieldier term than Gingerbread Oreo cookies, then Candy Cane “Eat The Middle First” Cookies is the clunkiest name of all. Really, President’s Choice? Surely you could have been more creative with your Oreo knock-off naming than this. “Notreos”, perhaps?
Naming quibbles aside, I was drawn to these Candy Cane Fake Oreo cookies largely because the marking-every-holiday-with-limited-edition-uniquely-flavoured-candy that North America swears by is a novelty to my Australian soul.
Oh, and I don’t mind the odd Oreo or candy cane, so there’s that. Would the whole be greater than the sum of its parts?
Okay, President’s Choice, you win with these cookies. The deep cocoa and not-too-sweet cookies played well against the peppermint cream which was, indeed, packed full of tiny crunchy candy cane pieces. The taste reminded me of the dark chocolate after dinner mints that restaurants used to give out with coffee, back in the day, and this struck me as a good thing.
I ate the entire packet without even thinking of adding peanut butter. Oh, and for those of you inclined to wonder about such things, yes, the Gingerbread Oreo cookies are vegan.
More to the point, not a one has been filmed smoking crack.