8 Discontinued Oreo Flavors

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First introduced in 1912 by the National Biscuit Company (later Nabisco), the original chocolate-and-cream Oreo cookie has sold in the billions. For the first century of the cookie’s existence, only a handful of variations were introduced, along with ancillary offerings like Oreo O's cereal. But that changed in the new millennium, when Oreo began issuing dozens of limited-edition flavors annually, from watermelon to limeade to root beer float. The assortment has culminated with the recent news that a Game of Thrones edition is coming.

Those novelty flavors come and go from shelves and seem ready-made for social media. Here, we’ve collected some of the earlier Oreo experiments that Nabisco considered to be major shake-ups in the Oreo legacy. See if you can catch a glimpse of some Oreo snacks you may have missed. (Or tried and don’t miss it all.)

1. Oreo Big Stuf

One of the first radical reinventions of the Oreo was the Big Stuf, an enormous cookie released in the 1980s. Big Stuf was marketed in boxes of eight individually wrapped cookies, each measuring 3 inches in diameter and containing the caloric equivalent of 5.5 regular Oreos. These teeth-melting treats were promoted heavily, but disappeared after a few years.

2. Lemon Meringue Oreo

A vintage Oreo cookie ad is pictured
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When Oreo began populating store shelves in 1912, it was joined by an alternative flavor—lemon meringue. The vanilla and lemon combination was discontinued by the 1920s.

3. Oreo Magic Dunkers

Oreo’s Magic Dunkers hit shelves in 2000 and offered a more colorful experience than your typical treat. When submerged in milk, the Oreo created swirls of blue coloring.

4. Oreo Dunkers

A package of Oreo Dunkers is pictured
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Not to be confused with Magic Dunkers, Oreo Dunkers were oval-shaped cookies narrow enough to fit into smaller drinking glasses. While practical, people attuned to the familiar circular shape of the classic Oreo may have found them to be unsettling. The cookies were introduced in 2006 for a limited time. These days, you can buy a dunking kit with tongs to avoid getting your fingers in the milk.

5. Dulce de Leche Caramel Crème Oreo

A package of Dulce de Leche Caramel Creme Oreo cookies is pictured
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A pretty fancy name for a processed cookie, Dulce de Leche was available for a limited time in 2006. According to reviewers, the caramel taste came off as “intense” and “artificial.”

6. Double Delight Oreo

Packages of Double Delight Oreo cookies are seen on a store shelf
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Not to be confused with Double Stuf, which ups the ante on the narcotic cream filling, 2003’s Double Delight Oreos offered two layers of filling—chocolate and peanut butter—sandwiched between two chocolate wafers. Two additional versions, Mint ‘n Crème and Coffee ‘n Creme, were released later that year.

7. Uh-Oh! Oreo

Released in 2003, the Uh-Oh! Oreo sounds like you’re about to eat something that could cause gastrointestinal upset. The name was referring to a kind of Bizarro world Oreo, with chocolate filling and a pair of vanilla wafers. The cookies were relabeled Golden Uh-Oh! Chocolate Oreos in 2004 and were accompanied by Golden Oreos, a vanilla cookie with light filling and a buttery, softer wafer.

8. Oreo DQ Blizzard creme

Packages of Oreo DQ Blizzard cookies are pictured
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In a harbinger of fanciful flavors to come, Oreo introduced a cookie in honor of Dairy Queen’s Oreo Blizzard ice cream treat in 2010. The filling was meant to taste like the mash-up of flavors in the chain’s frozen offering. You can see some blurry proof of its existence in the photo above.

This Indoor Garden Grows Up to 30 Fruits and Vegetables With Little Maintenance Required

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If you want to always have fresh tomatoes and basil on hand without having to visit your nearest farmers' market or devote multiple hours each week to gardening, there's an easier option—no green thumb required!

The iHarvest is a hydroponic gardening system that lets you grow up to 30 varieties of fruits and veggies—including tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, watermelon, and various herbs—right in your kitchen. Powered by 72 watts of low-energy LEDs, the system's lighting and watering functions are fully automated, which keeps maintenance to a minimum.

All you have to do is plant a seed in an apparatus called the media, place the media in a pod, and add water to the iHarvest. The built-in timers do the rest of the work, ensuring that your plants are adequately fed and nourished each day, regardless of the season. After water is pumped to the plant's roots, it runs through a filter and returns to the bottom reservoir of the iHarvest device. The water and nutrients only need replenished once every two weeks, on average.

It's quick, too. Tomatoes are estimated to reach their full size in 10 days, and everything that you harvest will be free of herbicides and pesticides. Hanging plants and fruits like squash and cucumber can be suspended from the iHarvest's trellis, and the vertical design also makes it ideal for people in tight living quarters. The entire system takes up just 2.5 square feet of space, measuring 2 feet, 8 inches wide.

Order the iHarvest now on Kickstarter to get 35 percent off the retail price, which lowers the total cost to $549. And if you want to do some comparison shopping, you may also like the OGarden Smart—an indoor garden that lets you grow up to 90 fruits and vegetables.

17 Delicious Facts About Peeps

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You know whether you prefer chicks to bunnies, fresh to stale, or plain to chocolate-covered. But there’s a lot you may not know about Peeps, everyone’s favorite (non-chocolate) Easter candy.

1. It used to take 27 hours to make a Peep.

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That was in 1953, when Sam Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company and its line of marshmallow chicks. Back then, each chick was handmade with a pastry tube. Just Born quickly set about automating the process, so that it now takes just six minutes to make a Peep.

2. An average of 5.5 million Peeps are made every day.

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All of them at the Just Born factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In one year, the company makes enough peeps to circle the earth—twice!

3. Yellow chicks are the original Peep, and still the favorite.

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Yellow bunnies are the second most popular color/shape combination. Pink is the second best-selling color.

4. The recipe has stayed pretty much the same.

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The recipe begins with a boiling batch of granulated sugar, liquid sugar, and corn syrup, to which gelatin and vanilla extract are later added. 

5. The equipment has also (mostly) stayed the same.

Peeps candies being made
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Since Just Born turned Peeps-making into an automated process, the chicks have been carefully formed by a top-secret machine known as The Depositor. Created by Sam Born’s son, Bob, The Depositor could manufacture six rows of five Peeps apiece in a fraction of the time it took workers to form them by hand. And that same machine that Bob built has been keeping the Peeps flowing ever since. Until rather recently …

In 2014, the company announced that it was planning to renovate its manufacturing plant, including The Depositor. “It’s a little sad,” vice president of sales and marketing Matthew Pye told Candy Industry Magazine at the time. “Bob Born made it from scratch in 1954 and it allowed us to distribute and grow the brand nationally." 

6. The updated equipment means new Peeps innovations could be coming.

Making Peeps at the Just Born factory
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“The investment in our marshmallow making process will allow for more efficiency, more consistency, improved quality, and additional innovation capabilities,” co-CEO Ross Born told Candy Industry magazine about the new depositor, which will be able to produce a wider variety of Peeps in all sizes. “The [old] Peeps line did one thing and one thing very well—cranking out chicks day in and day out. Five clusters, just in different colors,” Born said.

7. Peeps used to have wings.

They were clipped in 1955, two years after the first marshmallow chicks hatched, to give the candy a sleeker, more “modern” look.

8. The eyes are the final touch.

A close up of a yellow chick Peep
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The final flourish for all of these squishy balls of sweetness is adding the eyes, which are made of carnauba—a non-toxic edible wax (that is also found in some shoe polishes and car waxes, plus many other candies).

9. Peeps may be destructible, but their eyes are not.

Making Peeps at the Just Born factory
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In 1999, a pair of scientists at Emory University—dubbed “Peeps Investigators”—decided to test the theory that Peeps are an indestructible food. In addition to a microwave, the pair tested the candy’s vulnerability to tap water, boiling water, acetone, and sulfuric acid (they survived them all). When they upped the ante with some Phenol, the only things that didn’t disappear were the eyes. 

10. They really are everyone's favorite non-chocolate Easter candy.

For more than 20 years now, no other non-chocolate Easter candy has been able to compete with the power of Peeps. With more than 1.5 billion of them consumed each spring, Peeps have topped the list of most popular Easter treats for more than two decades.

11. There are sugar-free Peeps.

Counterintuitive, we know. But in 2007, the first line of sugar-free Peeps hit store shelves.

12. There are also chocolate-covered Peeps.

Chocolate-covered Peeps hit the market in 2010. Today there’s a full line of them for every occasion.

13. Peeps come in a variety of flavors.

Color and shape (i.e. yellow chick) are no longer the only ways to categorize a Peep. They now come in an array of flavors, including fruit punch, sour watermelon, lemon sherbet, blueberry, and pancakes and syrup.

14. Peeps lip balm is a thing.

Yep.

15. On New Year's Eve, a giant Peep is dropped in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


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The drop is done with a traditional chick that flashes different colors at midnight.

16. Believe it or not, Peeps are not Just Born's best-selling brand.

That honor belongs to Mike and Ike. (Sorry, Peepsters.)

17. They're a boon to a creativity.

Blue chick Peeps
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All over the country, Peeps have become the preferred media for a number of highly anticipated annual art contests. (You can check out some of the coolest creations from Westminster, Maryland's PEEPshow here.)

Updated for 2019.

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