Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Surprising Success, Peeps Oreo Cookies Are More Than Just A Novelty!

The Good: Great flavor, Surprisingly durable, Affordable, No aftertaste
The Bad: Utter lack of health benefits
The Basics: A surprisingly awesome flavor of Oreo cookies, Nabisco has a real winner with their Peeps Oreo cookies!

Every now and then when I take a chance on a new-to-market product, I find myself pleasantly surprised. It has been a long time since I was favorably surprised by a novelty food product. Today, however, the trend of disappointment in food products that seem to be released only because of some effective weird pitch is broken as Nabisco actually released a surprise winner in their Oreo cookie line. The new Oreo cookies are Peeps Oreo cookies, which are exactly what they sound like; Oreo cookies with marshmallow Peeps filling.

We were pleasantly surprised to find the Peeps Oreo cookies at our local grocery store and for a change, we eagerly paid full price for the package just to try what the potential novelty cookie would actually taste like. The Peeps Oreo cookies are more than just a novelty cookie, as they have a substantively wonderful flavor. In fact, outside the lack of nutritional benefits - which is not such a weird thing for cookies these days, as many cookies have additional vitamins and minerals infused in them, much like breakfast cereals - the Peeps Oreo cookies are perfect!


Oreo cookies are manufactured by Nabisco, which has been around pretty much forever. In recent years, Oreo has attempted to generate product enthusiasm by changing the flavor of the cream in Oreo cookies to give people new reasons to buy them. The Peeps Oreo cookies are one of the latest attempts and they definitedly succeed with that attempt.

Each 15 gram Oreo Cookie is comprised of two yellow cake colored disks approximately 1 7/8” in diameter, connected by a thin layer of pink marshmallow filling that holds the two cookies together. Peeps Oreo Cookies come in a 10.7 oz. sealed package with a plastic tray that houses the twenty cookies. The package and tray do a decent job of preventing breakage, at least until one begins to eat many or most of these cookies. A serving of Peeps Oreo sandwich cookies is two cookies.

Ease Of Preparation

Eating Peeps Oreo cookies is not a real challenge, but getting to the cookies is. Oreo wisely created a package of cookies that is resealable. That resealable pouch surrounds the thin plastic tray that houses the cookies. The seam for the releasable opening is not at the top or side of the tray, though, it is at the middle. This makes it slightly more awkward to get the cookies out of the package. If this is a subtle way to enforce portion control, then bravo Oreo. If it is not, it’s just annoying.

When you have a cookie out, all you have to do is stick it in your mouth and chew; there is nothing complicated or foreign about eating these cookies.


Opening the package of the Peeps Oreo cookies, the consumer is greeted with the very inviting aroma of yellow cake and marshmallow. The marshmallow Peeps scent from the Peeps Oreo cookies is distinct, strong and very enticing to those who love Peeps!

In the mouth, the Peeps Oreo taste sweet and sugary with a strong flavor of yellow cake. The dry cookies are flavorful, much more than they are dry and they actually taste very much like yellow cake. The center is complimented very well by the sugary, marshmallow flavor of the Peeps icing in the middle of the sandwich cookies. The two flavors are distinct and play off one another exceptionally well.

Perhaps more surprising than how the two flavors within the Peeps Oreo cookies work well together is how the Peeps Oreo cookies do not leave a dry aftertaste in the mouth. These are exceptionally flavorful and enjoyable cookies!


Peeps Oreo Cookies are intended as a sweet snack, not a full meal. Two of these 15 gram cookies represent a single serving and they are not very nutritious at all. Made primarily of sugar, unbleached enriched flour and canola and/or palm oil, the ingredient list is far less organic the further down one ventures, like most prepackaged products. This is not an all-natural food product and these cookies were produced on equipment that forces them to add a disclaimer about soy and wheat.

Oreo's Peeps Oreo cookies have 140 calories for a two cookie serving, 60 of which are from fat. A full serving represents 10% of one's RDA of saturated fat, though they are cholesterol free. As well, they are fairly low in sodium for a cookie, having only 80 mg per serving. They have less than a gram of protein and 4% of the RDA of Iron. As one who is working on getting heart-healthy, I wish there were some dietary fiber in these cookies.


Peeps Oreo cookies are easy to care for and clean up. Unopened, they have a pretty decent shelf life; the package we bought last week had an expiration date of June 26, 2017. Kept sealed, I am sure they would have lasted at least that long. As cookies, one need only not shake the bag excessively to care for them and wipe away any crumbs after eating them. This is a low-stress food!


Peeps Oreo cookies are an impressive cookie that actually lives up to its promise of blending the flavors of Oreo cookies and Peeps marshmallow candies!

For other Oreo and Peeps reviews, please check out:
Berry Burst Ice Cream Oreo cookies
Breyer's Blasts! Oreo Birthday Blasts Ice Cream
Chocolate Creme Peeps


For other food and drink reviews, please visit my Food And Drink Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2017 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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