Nabisco has just released new watermelon Oreos for the summer, and while some are wondering what they will taste like, others are saying the fruit-inspired cookie is racist.

A spokeswoman for Mondelez Global (NASDAQ:MDLZ), the conglomerate that owns Nabisco, said the sweets are made to be a tasty treat for the hottest season of the year. "We think that watermelon is a fun summer creme [sic] flavor that goes great with our Golden Oreo cookie," Kimberly Fontes told Time magazine in an email.

The cookies supposedly reek of artificial watermelon flavoring, according to JunkFoodGuy, but have a delicate watermelon cream taste. “As soon as I bit into one of these Limited Edition Watermelon Golden Oreos, I got an immediate light watermelon taste. I’ll just say it right off the bat…I liked these. A LOT.”

His overall conclusion: “The vanilla cookies take up most of the space on the flavor profile pie chart. Seventy-five percent or so. But it’s the subtlety of the cream that makes the cookie work as a whole. Too much watermelon, and the effort would be a mess.”

But not all notices for the watermelon Oreos have been so kind. Some people are panning the taste, while others are more focused on the stereotype it may or may not play into. Many people have taken to Twitter to discuss the new flavor. 


Oreo is known for releasing limited-edition cookies, and watermelon is just the latest of a long line of additions, which has included gingerbread, candy corn, dulce de leche, birthday cake, Creamsicle, and Shure, Bert.

According to Time, two Watermelon Oreo cookies pack 7 grams of fat, 150 calories, 12 and grams of sugar, mixed in with lots of artificial flavor.