In 1989 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids became the highest grossing live action Disney film of all time, a title it held for over five years. Although I was just spawning my first memory, being shook by the big Bay Area earthquake, the movie later became a favorite of mine on VHS, and entertained a mini-Sean all throughout the mid-90’s. Later, in 1998, the Disneyland 4D ride/movie Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, became one of the first times I realized a screen could truly scare the shit out of me. Much like in the ‘89 film, small things became giant, only this time they jumped out of the picture and into my face. Fast forward to 2018, and I’m no longer scared, but delighted, as Nabisco proudly announced, Honey, I shrunk the Oreo’s.
Although the brand new line of Fudge Dipped Oreo Thins are an exciting revelation for grocery cookies, let us not forget this is not the first time Oreo have become tiny, cause I have been poppin’ back Mini Oreo’s since the mid-90’s. The new line of Thins come in three launch flavors – Original, Mint, and Coconut, and all feature a mini thin wafer with different flavored crème and a coating of fudge.
The original Oreo is the best regularly available grocery cookie of all time, and its great balance of sweet, creamy, crunchy, and slightly bitter are all intact in these mini’s. The coating on the outside makes them notably creamier, but also a bit sweeter. It’s not the highest end chocolate in the world but it doesn’t taste particularly cheap either. It being called a “fudge” is a bit of a stretch as it isn’t terribly rich, but much more akin to a nice milk chocolate dip. The cool mellow crème filling comes through with its distinct but nondescript flavor that makes the pantry staple oh-so-delicious. One big difference between these and the Mini Oreo from my bagged lunch days is these are notably less crunchy, as the thin wafer crumbles much easier than the usual cookie. There’s not much else to say about these. Chocolate and Oreo are a winning combination, and when you can eat 9 of them for a serving instead of 2 or 4, it’s an even bigger (or smaller?) success.
While I do like Mint Oreo, they aren’t my favorite minty cookie, and the same preference comes into play here. They essentially taste like a very mellow Girl Scouts Thin Mint, with less emphasis on the mint and a touch more chocolate. The chocolate coating also gives them a texture very similar to a Thin Mint, with the smooth and creamy outside giving way to the crunchy minty interior.
The addition of crème makes them a bit more dynamic than the Scouts’ classic, but the subdued minty-ness makes them not as intriguing. Still, it’s a tasty cookie that will please fans of Oreo’s take on the perennial winter flavor.
So much more genuine coconut flavor comes through these Fudge Dipped Mini’s than last year’s Coconut Thins. It might be due to the slightly denser amount of crème inside the cookies compared to the thin, or the addition of more chocolate, but whatever the reason, it works much better. While the coconut is very present it isn’t overpowering, as the smooth and creamy tropical notes take a slight backseat to the double punch of chocolate. Once again, the Girl Scouts comparison comes into play with the flavors of the Samoa cookie being very well represented. They remind me of a mini poppable Samoa without all of the fun crumbly and chewy texture, and are a pretty unique flavor combo in the field of year round grocery cookies.
All of these can be found currently at CVS for $4.19 each and are popping up at bigger stores like Target and Walmart now.