‘We Try It’ is a regular series where we try the latest off-beat food and beverage offerings.
Lychee Rose Oreos are the newest cookie craze to hit China’s convenience stores. When we recently came across the sweet treat at our local 7-Eleven store, we snatched them up with our no-longer-childlike hands and brought them back to our office for an afternoon snack.
We’ll be honest up front: We’re not easily impressed by new Oreo flavors. Our nostalgic childhood memories of devouring whole packs of original Oreos dipped in milk are not easily forgotten, not even by the thought of super-sweet, artificially flavored biscuits that taste like flowers and tropical fruit.
Since you already know what the chocolate cookie part of an Oreo tastes like, we’ll focus on the cream filling, which is pink – yes, pink. The taste is best summed up like this: Imagine a couple of plump red roses evaporating in your mouth, releasing a flavor so prevailing that it overpowers the chocolate biscuits. While the word lychee holds equal weight in the cookie’s name, the fruit’s celebrated flavor is only noticeable in the first bite – subsequent bites were dominated by sweet, sweet rose.
While the That’s editorial team was in agreement that the cookies were overall good, and a unique and welcome change-up, everyone also agreed that the original Oreos are in a league of their own.
Who’s eating them: hipsters, moms and adventure-seeking ayi
Price: RMB19 per box on JD.com (prices vary depending on seller)
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