8 Discontinued Oreo Flavors

theimpulsivebuy, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
theimpulsivebuy, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

15 Convenient Products That Are Perfect for Summer

First Colonial/Lunatec/Safe Touch
First Colonial/Lunatec/Safe Touch

The Fourth of July is the epitome of summer—and after several months spent indoors, you need some outdoor fun more than anything. Check out these 15 summer must-haves while they’re on sale and save an extra 15 percent when you spend $50 or more with the code JULYFOURTH15.

1. CARSULE Pop-Up Cabin for Your Car; $300 (20 percent off)

Carsule tent from Mogics.
Mogics

This tent connects to your hatchback car like a tailgate mobile living room. The installation takes just a few minutes and the entire thing stands 6.5 feet tall so you can enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of your car.

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2. Mosquito Killer Lamp; $30 (25 percent off)

Mosquito-killing lamp.
Kinkoo

If you just so happen to be one of those unlucky souls who attracts a suspicious amount of mosquitos the second you step outside, you need this repellent lamp to help keep your arms and legs bite-free. It uses a non-toxic combination of LED lights, air turbulence, and other methods to keep the pests at bay.

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3. Super Shield Mosquito Repellent Electronic Watch Band; $17 (57 percent off)

Mosquito repeller watch.
Safe Touch

While a lamp is a great non-toxic solution for keeping bugs at bay, active individuals need a bug repellent that can keep up with their lifestyle. This wrist wearable keeps you safe from mosquitoes anywhere by using ultrasonic sounds to drive them away.

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4. ZeroDark 3-Piece Tactical Set: Flashlight, Lantern, and Headlamp; $20 (66 percent off)

Aduro flashlight set.
Audro

If you want your summer to be lit, this set will do the trick. All puns aside, this trio of LED brightness is perfect for camping fun and backyard parties, or it can be stored in the car for emergencies.

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5. Outdoor Collapsible Cooler and Camp Table Set; $64 (27 percent off)

First Colonial cooler.
First Colonial

Cookouts are easy with this cooler and table set that chills your drink until you're ready to pop it into one of the four convenient cupholders. Bring this set camping or out by the pool for convenience anywhere.

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6. Trident: Underwater Scooter; $550 (21 percent off)

Trident underwater scooter.
Geneinno

If you’ve ever dreamed of better mobility while exploring the water, you’re not alone. The Trident underwater scooter, which raised over $82,000 on Indiegogo, can propel you through the water at up to nearly 6 feet per second, which isn't that far off from how fast Michael Phelps swam in his prime. The battery on it will last 45 minutes, allowing you to traverse with ease.

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GoSun solar grill.
GoSun

Bake, roast, steam, or broil anywhere you bring this portable oven. Measuring in at just over a foot long and weighing only two pounds, the oven will work in most daytime weather conditions and can hold around 13 ounces of food.

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8. 3-in-1 Waterproof Bug Zapper Lantern; $25 (50 percent off)

3P Experts bug zapper.
3P Experts

Mosquitoes tend to be a big problem at night, partly because it's hard to swat in the dark. This lantern will light the area and zap mosquitos from nipping at you in the process.

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9. Urban E-Skateboard: Basic Version (Orange); $120 (73 percent off)

Urban Rover E-Skateboard
Urban Rover

This e-skateboard is perfect for getting around during the summer. You'll catch a breeze while you’re cruising on the battery-powered platform and won’t break a sweat when you pop the compact board in your bag.

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10. H2 Headlamp: Waterproof, Rechargeable LED Wide 180° Angle Headlight; $37 (26 percent off)

Headlamp from One80Light
One80Light

Camping, car troubles, and sports all pose a problem at night. This LED headlight will light up your surroundings across a 180-degree radius for prime visibility, meaning your outdoor activities won't have to stop when the sun sets.

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11. Whirlwind Cool Bladeless Mini Fan; $22 (63 percent off)

Bladeless fan
Whirlwind

This portable fan comes in a powerful handheld size so you can keep cool while on the move. Unlike other portable fans, this one has a sleek, bladeless design and features three different speeds.

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12. Bladeless Personal Fan; $22 (63 percent off)

Bladeless fan
3P Tech

This bladeless fan won't just keep you cool while you work on your laptop—it also has a built-in rechargable battery that you can use to charge your phone.

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13. MOGICS Coconut: Portable Waterproof Light; $37 (24 percent off)

Mogics portable lamp.
Mogics

This portable light is designed to adapt to your lighting preference. It self-inflates in a few seconds and can bounce, get wet, and set the mood.

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Lunatec spray water bottle.
Lunatec

A water bottle can do more than hydrate you. This one has a spray nozzle that can create shower, stream, and mist patterns for doing dishes while camping, sharing a sip without sharing germs, and washing off those muddy shoes after a long hike.

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Hydration backpack.
It's All Goods

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Wax Paper vs. Parchment Paper: What’s the Difference for Cooking?

Wax paper is great for keeping your counter space clean (as seen above).
Wax paper is great for keeping your counter space clean (as seen above).

When it comes to kitchen accessories, there are utensils like ladles and spatulas, bakeware like cupcake pans, and then covers and wraps like aluminum foil and plastic bags. But one kitchen item can result in some confusion—paper. Specifically, wax paper versus parchment paper. Despite similar appearances, they're not the same. What’s the difference between the two?

It’s pretty simple. Parchment paper tolerates heat and wax paper does not. Parchment paper is a sturdy, kitchen-specific item made with silicone that resists both grease and moisture. It’s perfect for cake molds or for wrapping fish. (So long as you don’t reuse it for those tasks.) You can safely use parchment paper in an oven.

Wax paper also has a non-stick surface, but it’s not intended for use around any kind of heat source. The wax on the paper could melt. It’s better to use it to cover countertops to make clean-up easier. You can also use it to roll out dough or pound chicken breasts into submission.

Though parchment paper is typically more expensive, it’s far more versatile. You should opt for wax paper only if you plan on making a mess and want to discard it easily. But don’t get the two mixed up, as wax paper near heat could require another kitchen accessory: a fire extinguisher.

[h/t MarthaStewart.com]