Dining With Denise Neil

Review: Limited edition Pumpkin Spice Oreos are surprisingly delightful

Pumpkin Spice Oreos are a tasty fall treat.
Pumpkin Spice Oreos are a tasty fall treat. The Wichita Eagle

Each Wednesday in October, we’ll review another pumpkin-spice-flavored offering available in Wichita grocery stores. This week: Pumpkin Spice Oreos.

No longer satisfied with plain old chocolate and white stuff, the Oreo folks have gone crazy with new flavors over the past few years – so crazy that last week, they were the subject of a much-circulated story on satirical website The Onion.

“Pope Francis Reverses Position on Capitalism After Seeing Wide Variety of American Oreos” read the headline, and the made-up article detailed the pope’s life-changing encounter in the cookie aisle of a Washington, D.C., supermarket.

“ ‘Oh, my goodness, look at all these! Golden Oreos, Cookie Dough Oreos, Mega Stuf Oreos, Birthday Cake Oreos – perhaps the system of free enterprise is not as terrible as I once feared,’ said the visibly awed bishop of Rome.”

Last fall, Oreo introduced yet another flavor: pumpkin spice. The seasonal offering is back and is being prominently displayed in Wichita Dillons stores. Although it sounds like a recipe for disaster, pumpkin spicing this popular cookie was actually a good idea.

The cookie part is the golden-colored, vanilla variety – like the ones used to make Birthday Cake Oreos. The cream in the middle is a deep, dark brown, maybe even a few hues darker than canned pumpkin. Though the only recognizable spice named in the list of ingredients on the back of the package is “paprika oleoresin” (which, it turns out, is actually a food coloring), the cream has a spot-on cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger flavor, and the vanilla crunch of the cookie complements it perfectly.

Pumpkin Spice Oreos – at 150 calories for two cookies – are not diet food. And they contain no actual pumpkin. But they’re good for your autumnal soul. Try at least one.