In late 2011 I went through a major “editing” phase with my diet.
I edited out foods in groups of three, and in some cases I did a reverse-editing maneuver — based on the old “what would you take to a desert island” scenario – in which I ditched everything except for the top three keepers in a particular category.
When it came to stocking my imaginary island with sandwich cookies, I settled on Oreos, Nutter Butters and Maple Leaf cookies. That vastly simplified my life, because while you could still do plenty of damage with those three things in your dietary universe, it eliminates a whole lot of temptation from consideration.
A little over three years later, I’m now ready to drop Oreos from that list.
Other than as an ice cream mix-in, they’re just not that good. The chocolate isn’t very chocolatey; the creamy part isn’t very creamy. Unlike Nutter Butters and Maple Leafs, they don’t have a very interesting shape. About the only thing they have going for them, as a relic of the industrial age, is their pop culture status as an icon.
Oreos are everywhere these days. Apparently there’s some kind of movement afoot to inspire various things you can make with them – probably because the company realizes they’re just not that appealing on their own, as a simple cookie. But they’re not going in my grocery cart anymore, no matter how many coupons appear in my Sunday paper.
The dessert cart on my desert island just got a little more exclusive.