Snack Review: New! Triple Double Oreo Neapolitan
Doubtless that you’ve by now read of the Triple Double Oreo. Our good friends Marvo, Jess, and Jon have all chimed in on the Frankenstein of sandwich cookies, and despite the hoopla of what is essentially a “Big Mac” version of the Oreo, the consensus seems to be that the Triple Double is just a gimmick. And frankly, I don’t spend my hard-earned dollar on gimmicks.
But when it comes to anything labeled Neapolitan, I’m willing to make an exception. You see, Neapolitan ice cream sandwiches were always my favorite growing up. Back in the days before Michelle Obama decided to ban treats from public school cafeterias, my mom used to bring them in for my entire class on my birthday. Maybe it was the classic combo of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate – or maybe it was the fact that I found the pronunciation of the word all but impossible - but I had an infallible affinity for the flavor that goes beyond just a childhood memory.
All that said, you don’t see Neapolitan flavored products much anymore. So when I saw the Triple Double Oreo Neapolitan on my monthly stop at Wal-Mart the other day, I jumped on these faster than the TCU defense on a loose football (ah, football season is just around the corner).
I know it’s gimmicky, but I couldn’t resist – especially not after digging the Berry Burst Ice Cream flavor of Oreos I tried last spring. As for the Neapolitan Triple Doubles, the 110-calorie sandwich cookies are composed of what I’m assuming are both Strawberry and Chocolate Cream fillings between three vanilla flavored golden Oreo cookies. I say “assuming” because I can’t find any mention of these cookies on the Nabisco website, and because the box reveals very little in the way of marketing.
As you can see, each cookie definitely towers over a standard Oreo. You’re essentially getting a Double Stuf filling here, but the cream isn’t your standard Oreo cream. It’s more “lickable” and frosting like, and in the case of the strawberry cream, much sweeter. Actually, the strawberry cream really dominates the chocolate cream in a reverse of the classic Neapolitan conundrum in the cookie. Whether eaten in one fell swoop or by itself, the chocolate cream is exceptionally weak. There’s no chocolate flavor and only a mild hint of cocoa. I considered it a major disappointment, and while I enjoyed the golden Oreo crunch, I found myself missing the depth of cocoa flavor one finds in the standard black sandwich cookie.
A classic bite doesn’t do much for me. Yes, there is a nice burst of strawberry and vanilla as you chomp down on the crunchy cookie, but it’s much more enjoyable to dissect the layers. All complaints by foodies aside, the best part of these cookies is the ability to play with your food. Some people might complain at the 110 calories, but really, if you’re taking the time to twist and lick, it’s not like you’re eating 110 calories worth of nothing. OK, so we’ve established that it’s a decent Neapolitan cookie albeit with a very weak chocolate taste, but if anything, the cookies do lend themselves to a gimmicky 10 minutes of entertainment, especially if you just happen to have other Oreo flavors laying around the house. Case in point, my custom creation: The Penta-Quatro:
Pros: Playing with my food hasn't been this fun since mom brought in those ice cream sandwiches in second grade. Impulsive shopping at Walmart. Crunchy Golden Oreo. Sweet strawberry cream.
Cons: ack of chocolate taste will fail to make me a regular buyer. Chocolate cream getting bet up by strawberry cream. 110 calories in one fell swoop. Filling isn't classic. Spelling "Neapolitan."
Price: 3.00 at Walmart
Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10
Triple Double Oreo Neapolitan (1 cookie) Calories: 110
Total Fat: 4.5 g
Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
Total Carbs: 15 g
Fiber: 0 g
Sugars: 8 g
Protein: Less than 1 g