Review: Limited Edition Banana Split Oreos & What’s My Favorite Junk Food?

Hello there, Junk Food Nation.  It’s me, Eric, your friendly neighborhood Junk Food Guy.  How are you, this sunny Monday?

Whenever I’m out and meeting new people, the question inevitably comes up, “What do you do?” Here in DC, it’s always the second question out of people’s mouths.  And where my typical answer is to sheepishly answer “attorney” (which in DC is a boring answer, because the ten people I’m talking to are most likely ALL ALSO ATTORNEYS), I’ve taken more and more to answering, “junk food blogger.”

The reaction is priceless – usually a crooked eyebrow, and the same follow up,

Q: “You…you blog about what?”
A: “About junk food.”
Q: “Like…about chips and stuff?”
A: “Uh -huh”
Q: “….that’s what you DO?”
A: “Yep.”

Most people can’t believe that blogging about junk food is real, even after I assure them it is.   Of course, these are the same people, who after a friend says “You should follow him on Twitter @junkfoodguy,” they mutter, “Yeah…I’m not on Twitter.” (WHAT).  The peeps look around nervously to see if a camera is hidden in the cupboards, waiting to catch their reaction.  After that initial moment when I watch them chuckle, swirl their beer, and shift in their shoes a bit, the next question is ALWAYS “So…uh…what’s your favorite junk food?”

And my answer is always, “Well, it depends on what category you’re talking about…ice cream? Chips?” But really I’m thinking, “That’s the best you could come up with?”  But okay, I’ll answer your half-assed-question.  But it’s sort of a hard question, isn’t it?  Only because it’s so open ended.  Asking me what my favorite junk food is, without any parameters, is sort of like asking me what my favorite furniture is.  I mean, what are we talking about here? To sit on? To sleep on? To look at?  (Though I’m pretty sure my answer to all three is GIGANTIC OTTOMAN.  Those things are so cool).

Anyways, my favorite junk food.  To me, it’s like asking me to pick a favorite child. I mean, the classic Nacho Cheese Doritoes and Cheetos will always have a go-to-place in my heart.  Talenti Gelato and Turkey Hill always makes me stop in the freezer section.  I sometimes dream about In-N-Out Burger, and I could eat buffalo wings breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  And Chicken in a Biskit crackers remind me of childhood.

So it’s a tough question for me, who takes junk food more seriously (but not really) than most people I know.  I never have a good answer.  But, let me flip the script, Junk Food Nation – what is YOUR favorite junk food? Tell me in the comments below!

Today’s junk food: Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo!

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo: The Money Shot

I first heard about Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo from a Twitter friend, King Rhino.  HOLY CRAP I shouted in my head.  Oreo had tried Banana Split Creme Oreos back in the day (2008), as reviewed by fellow blogger The impulsive Buy.  Back then, these were just the regular chocolate Oreo, with banana filling.  But these new Limited Edition Banana Split Oreos…these were different.

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo: A fusion of various flavors

For one, these Limited Edition Banana Split Oreos are not JUST chocolate cookie, but they also have a Golden Oreo cookie.  It’s one and one.  Plus, these Oreos contain both strawberry and banana creme, which makes it one of the more ingenious cookie designs I’ve seen in a while.  I mean, this sh*t is CRAZY. Two cookies, two cremes??  What’s next, space travel???

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo: 75 calories per cookie

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo: PHEW! Nothing real in here!

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreos don’t have any real bits of strawberry, or banana, in here.  Just “natural and artificial flavor.”  Well, at least there’s no false notion of what this is…this is just a purely man-made-constructed flavor, from ground up.

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo: My eyes. MY EYES!

When I peeled back the cover to these Limited Edition Banana Split Oreos, an immediate banana smell spilled out…definitely artificial smelling.  But still, for anyone who likes banana candy, an appealing smell.  As I sniffed closer, I did detect hints of the more acidic-strawberry-aroma.  Both were present.

But MAN these are sort of an eyesore, no?  I feel like staring at them will make me cross eyed.

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo: Side view

As you can see, these Limited Edition Banana Split Oreos look as described on the package – two different cookies, two blends of creme…

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo: Open View

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreos have yellow creme (banana) and pink/red creme (strawberry).

Trying the cremes separately before biting the cookie, the banana creme reminded me of banana flavored Runts candy – very sweet, very banana-y, and definitely not natural tasting.  Still, for a banana lover like me, it reminded me basically of the same type of banana flavor you get from banana candy or banana Taffy (like Now and Laters).

The Strawberry creme was more subtle, and had sort of a vitamin-y taste to it… it wasn’t super sweet like the banana but had a sort of muted strawberry taste.  I say it’s sort of vitamin-y in that when you chew on a Flintstones vitamin, most of the time you’re like, “Wow this tastes like a whole lotta nothing plus a little bit of fruit flavor.”  That’s what this was like.

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo

Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo: Bite View

All together, these Limited Edition Banana Split Oreos were pretty good, IMO.  I know I kinda killed all the ingredients separately, but together, I found that these…WORKED.  The strawberry and banana mixed really well, and sort of balanced each other out without drowning the other.  The chocolate cookie helped tame some of the sweetness, and added a good cocoa kick to the overall flavor. The Golden Oreo helped provide a nice sugar cookie smoothness to everything.

Did it taste like a banana split?  Well, to be honest, I haven’t had a banana split in over a decade.  But, in my head, I can imagine this flavor was close, for sure.  The chocolate-strawberry-banana mixture was great, and when I smacked my lips afterwards to get the aftertaste, I could still taste everything pretty evenly.

So, I’m not 100% sure these were banana-split-ish, but I liked these a lot.  Definitely on the more artificial-tasting side of things…but I appreciate Oreo’s creativity!  If you can find these,  I think you’ll find them interesting.  I’m actually excited to dip these in some Turkey Hill Vanilla Ice Cream!

PURCHASED AT: Giant Food Grocery

COST: $3.00 on sale

Thoughts? Please comment below or hit me up on Twitter @junkfoodguy or LIKE my Facebook Page and message me there. Also, you can always email me at [email protected]. Let’s do this.

Sincerely,

Junk Food Guy

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Discuss - 35 Comments

  1. Shorneys says:

    “Of course, these are the same people, who after a friend says “You should follow him on Twitter @junkfoodguy,” they mutter, “Yeah…I’m not on Twitter.” (WHAT).”

    SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP.

  2. Lindemann says:

    Not being on Twitter is not a bad thing. Twitter is mostly pointless.

    I sympathize with the conversation-sustaining efforts of people at parties – even when awkward, if meant well, they are to be welcomed. Coming up with a pat answer to a frequently asked question is totally an awesome strategy to deal with that question, too. Thus are the wheels of social interaction lubricated.

    My favorite junk food? It would be easier to pick my favorites within categories of junk food. So here are some of those:

    Chips: Utz Sweet Spicy Kettle Cooked, Nana’s Cocina for tortilla chips
    Candy: Good old Snickers, Garrett’s caramel corn
    Bad-for-you fried-type things: Fried ravioli at Pasta Plus in Laurel, Buffalo wings

  3. Jennifer Krause says:

    For some reason, I was thinking there should be caramel in there too – plus whipped creme. As deconstructed, these don’t sound too wonderful to me.

    my faves:

    candy – anything REAL peppermint, Linder chocolate w/ caramel sea salt, Peeps
    ice cream – Magnum double caramel, or my new fixation Cadbury Toffee Chip bars
    chips – sour cream & onion, guacamole, crunchy Cheetos, lime corn chips
    cookies – double stuff cocoa iced Oreos, shortbread with chocolate layer and caramel inside, Grandma’s peanut butter -old recipe
    outside the box – creme brulee or flan

  4. Devin says:

    I’m going to go with different categories as well.

    Chips: If I had to go just with chips I’d go with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but if I do chips and dip then I’d go with Nacho Cheese Doritos and Bean Dip.

    Soda: I’m known to hoard bottles of Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash around the holidays, but my all time favorite was Mountain Dew Pitch Black II which they unfortunately don’t make any longer.

    Candy: Anything Reese’s could go in this category.

    Ice Cream: Buttered Pecan can be heavenly depending on the brand, but otherwise I’d probably go Reese’s here as well.

    Cookies: I’ve always been partial to classic Chips Ahoy. There are plenty of varieties I love, but there’s just something so addicting to the original ones.

    Guilty Pleasure: Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. Unsurprisingly, their Reese’s Cheesecake is my favorite.

    • EowynofRohan says:

      Do you mean you put Nacho Cheese Doritos in Bean Dip and enjoy it? That sounds like a puke-worthy combination to me, but hey, I haven’t tried it….

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @Devin: Mountain Dew Pitch Black!!! Now THAT’s a callback

    • Devin says:

      @EowynofRohan: Yep, I love it. Another favorite of mine is Puffy Cheetos with Bean Dip as well. Most people seem to only eat bean dip with plain Fritos, but I’ve always leaned more towards eating it with cheesy chips (haha, I didn’t know bean and cheese was considered puke-worthy).

      @junkfoodguy: It has to be Pitch Black II though. I like the original Pitch Black, but Pitch Black II had a sour kick to it that I loved. And while they brought temporarily brought back the original a few years ago, they haven’t brought back Pitch Black II since it’s debut about eight years ago.

  5. Linny says:

    Chips: Sour cream and onion

    Cookies: Oreos dunked in milk

    Ice cream: B&J’s cookie’s dough

    Guilty pleasure junk food (no, Kellogg’s, this ain’t fit for breakfast): Pop-tarts

  6. Kahnfucius says:

    My favorite junk food is definitely Cheetos, not to be confused with A-Rod’s Cheat-os.

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @Nick: AHA! But these are NOT what you told me about before…..these are like what Marvo reviewed in 08

    • Nick Rovo says:

      @Eric: Touche…I didn’t even recheck the link aha. As for junk food preference, I’d say passion fruit would be my junk food of choice. My definition of junk food is food that should be tossed in the junk though;]

  7. Will says:

    ICE CREAM all the way!

  8. Sarah says:

    This is so impossible but for sweet stuff I’d probably have to go with ice cream (cookies’n’cream or B&J peanut butter world), for salty I think good old fashioned movie theater butter popcorn….mmmmm so good!

  9. TroutPoutt says:

    FRIED PICKLES.
    I don’t need your lame non-commital categories.

    The longer I stare at that side-view Oreo shot, the more the strawberry creme looks like a tongue. Creepy.

  10. TroutPoutt says:

    Side note: I have Twitter and it is kind of pointless but I like it. I do not have a Facebook. Yes, really; there are a few of us who still exist.

  11. Hannah says:

    This is a tough question to answer and it can change fairly often for me as I have a tendency to over-do my latest favourite and then get bored so something new takes over.

    At the moment I am going crazy for chips, not what you guys call crisps but chip shop chips with lots of vinegar…can’t go wrong! Also cookies, the soft chewy chocolatey kind. There is a supermarket own version (Sainsbury’s) which are triple Belgian chocolate and oh my god these things are good! I also am pretty much addicted to ice cream, I have yet to find a flavour that I didn’t like but my all time favourite is Haagen Dazs Brownies a la Mode which sadly we don’t have in the UK.

  12. Karen Reddall says:

    My Husband and I just tried the Banana Split Oreos and really loved them!!!! My only regret is that they are Limited Edition. Why can’t you have them all the time?

  13. miso ho knee says:

    shut the f up you fat bastid!

  14. Risa Raye says:

    Nom, nom, nom… These cookies are leaders of the free world.

    Have you tried the gingerbread Oreos, also limited edition?

  15. Jennifer says:

    I am so glad I found your blog. I can’t wait for your review of the two new Oreo flavors I just read about… I also know this is an old post but had to chime in about your dreams about In n Out Burger. I have a similar thing happen to me only I call it a nightmare… I realize on my VERY LAST HOUR in LA, Vegas or wherever there’s an In n Out… that I have not been even ONE time. I need to catch my plane and there is not even one on the way. I could have been there 2 days or 10. why did I not realize it until the last day?!?!

    That would NEVER HAPPEN in real life… just sayin’…

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