Quick! What's the one candy that's been hated by children since the beginning of time? That's right, kiddies: candy corn.
These tasteless bits of wax and sugar have long been the stuff of childhood nightmares. Why these candies are still around is a mystery, because they seem to be sold only once a year to senior citizens who unwittingly throw them into the trick-or-treat bags of young witches and goblins along with equally inedible pennies.
So when the makers of Oreo, the best-loved and best-known cookie on the planet, decided to come up with a limited-edition flavor, it's kind of a disconnect that they would choose candy corn as their flavor of choice. We can think of only two possible reasons:
1. The candy corn lobby shelled out a ton of money in the hopes that some of that Oreo magic would rub off on them.
2. The Oreo research and development team found that its first choice for a new Oreo flavor -- liver and Brussels sprouts swirl -- proved even less popular in focus groups.
Believe it or not, this isn't the first time Oreo has been to the weird-flavor rodeo. Kraft Foods, owner of Nabisco, has long been marketing special regional Oreo flavors to other countries. Here are our favorites:
In China, kids are treated to an after-school snack of green-tea Oreos.
Indonesia gets blueberry ice-cream Oreos in an attractive shade of lavender.
Two-tone Oreos might be a novelty in the States, but Argentina has had a dulce de leche/banana combo Oreo for years.
Same goes for China, where awesome-looking mango/orange creme Oreos are sold.
Think you're all badass with your Double Stuff Oreos? How about these Oreos x3 from Argentina?
It's like a club sandwich you can dunk in your milk.
And here's the one we're all waiting for.
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We'll get our hands on some Candy Corn Oreos and let you know what we think. In the meantime, here are some guys who weren't too impressed: