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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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The popularity of bird-watching, camping, and hiking has skyrocketed this year. Whether your gift recipients are weekend warriors or seasoned dirtbags, they'll appreciate these tools and gear for getting most out of their hiking experience.

1. Stanley Nesting Two-Cup Cookset; $14

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Stanley’s compact and lightweight cookset includes a 20-ounce stainless steel pot with a locking handle, a vented lid, and two insulated 10-ounce tumblers. It’s the perfect size for brewing hot coffee, rehydrating soup, or boiling water while out on the trail with a buddy. And as some hardcore backpackers note in their Amazon reviews, your favorite hiker can take the tumblers out and stuff the pot with a camp stove, matches, and other necessities to make good use of space in their pack.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Osprey Sirrus and Stratos 24-Liter Hiking Packs; $140

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Osprey’s packs are designed with trail-tested details to maximize comfort and ease of use. The Sirrus pack (pictured) is sized for women, while the Stratos fits men’s proportions. Both include an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir, exterior mesh and hipbelt pockets, an attachment for carrying trekking poles, and a built-in rain cover.

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3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

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Nothing beats ice-cold water after a summer hike or a sip of hot tea during a winter walk. The Yeti Rambler can serve up both: Beverages can stay hot or cold for hours thanks to its insulated construction, and its steel body (in a variety of colors) is basically indestructible. It will add weight to your hiker's pack, though—for a lighter-weight, non-insulated option, the tried-and-true Camelbak Chute water bottle is incredibly sturdy and leakproof.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Mappinners Greatest 100 Hikes of the National Parks Scratch-Off Poster; $30

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The perfect gift for park baggers in your life (or yourself), this 16-inch-by-20-inch poster features epic hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Once the hike is complete, you can scratch off the gold foil to reveal an illustration of the park.

Buy it: Amazon

5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

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Hikers can use this brand-new, updated road atlas to plan their next adventure. In addition to comprehensive maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, they'll get National Geographic’s top 100 outdoor destinations, useful details about the most popular national parks, and points on the maps noting off-the-beaten-path places to explore.  

Buy it: Amazon

6. Adventure Medical Kits Hiker First-Aid Kit; $25

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This handy 67-piece kit is stuffed with all the things you hope your hiker will never need in the wilderness. Not only does it contain supplies for pain, cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters (every hiker’s nemesis!), the items are organized clearly in the bag to make it easy to find tweezers or an alcohol wipe in an emergency.

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7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

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Trekking poles will help increase your hiker's balance and stability and reduce strain on their lower body by distributing it to their arms and shoulders. This pair is made of carbon fiber, a super-strong and lightweight material. From the sweat-absorbing cork handles to the selection of pole tips for different terrain, these poles answer every need on the trail. 

Buy it: Amazon

8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

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What can’t this multitool do? This gadget contains 19 hiking-friendly tools in a 4.5-inch package, including pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener, saw, knife, hammer, wire cutter, and even an emergency whistle.

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9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

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Don’t let your hiker get caught off the grid with a dead phone. They can charge RAVPower’s compact power bank before they head out on the trail, and then use it to quickly juice up a phone or tablet when the batteries get low. Its 3-inch-by-5-inch profile won’t take up much room in a pack or purse.

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10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

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Neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will be a match for these waterproof, tearproof 3.5-inch-by-5.5-inch notebooks. Your hiker can stick one in their pocket along with a regular pen or pencil to record details of their hike or brainstorm their next viral Tweet.

Buy it: Amazon

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Coca-Cola Is Discontinuing TaB After Almost 60 Years

Stock up while you can.
Stock up while you can.
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In 1963, Coca-Cola debuted TaB, a one-calorie diet soda that came in a pink can and promised women the chance to “have a shape he can’t forget.” The beverage was intended, as the commercial’s catchy jingle was quick to remind you, “for beautiful people,” with the sunny implication that sipping it could make you one of them.

TaB began to lose popularity after Diet Coke was launched in 1982, but a small crop of devotees still prefer it today. There’s even a website called ilovetab.com that keeps tabs on where the beverage is sold and which celebrities are spotted with a can in hand.

Unfortunately for fans, the Coca-Cola Company has finally decided to discontinue the drink just a few years short of its 60th anniversary. It’s not the only casualty: ZICO coconut water, Odwalla juices, Diet Coke Feisty Cherry, and Coca-Cola Life (a reduced-sugar version of Coke with stevia leaf extract) are also being retired, along with a few regional and international products.

Though plenty of businesses have scaled back their offerings—or gone bankrupt—due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company maintains that these changes were in the works long before then. That said, “the ongoing COVID-19 supply chain challenges and shifting shopping behaviors prompted the company to fast-track its plan,” Coca-Cola explained in a press release.

TaB is now more of a nostalgic cult classic than a lucrative asset. According to The New York Times, Coca-Cola circulated about 3 million cases of TaB in 2011—not even half a percent of the number of Diet Coke cases produced in the same year. But that’s not to say people won’t be sad to see it go.

“We’re forever grateful to TaB for paving the way for the diets and lights category, and to the legion of TaB lovers who have embraced the brand for nearly six decades,” Kerri Kopp, Diet Coke’s group director for North America, said in a press release. “If not for TaB, we wouldn’t have Diet Coke or Coke Zero Sugar. TaB did its job.”

[h/t The New York Times]