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.
Watermelon Oreos: The Latest Twist on an Iconic Cookie | U got2no itz comn, Nabisco jst unleashed evry racist joke that's nve been said!!
— Cj (@tkitout) June 19, 2013
wait wait wait.... HOLD DA PHONE.... WATERMELON OREOS?!?!? That sounds gross... and maybe racist (I'm still debating that las one).
— Yaz Meilleure (@araris) June 19, 2013
Really Nabisco...Watermelon Oreos?Are you TRYING 2 get some low-level intern fired for a racist joke email? pic.twitter.com/FcI1nkQpIx
— Anne Grundhoefer (@annegrundhoefer) June 19, 2013
Watermelon Oreos ? America has to stop wit the stereotype borderline racist flavors they dropping This is enough
— Eric B. (@Yerrp08) June 18, 2013
Lol watermelon Oreos... Yeah. That's not racist. pic.twitter.com/lPdUxK1Hpv
— Joshua Silva (@JaySill) June 18, 2013
Yall Racist For The New Watermelon Flavor Fam @Oreos
— ChrisBrownGroupie (@BLACKMENareUGLY) June 11, 2013
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.