We clearly see that the original flavor continued to reign king here in the newsroom. And with the votes evenly distributed for the three specialty flavors, how are we as intrepid Monitor journalists supposed to provide you with information about this pressing issue? With a trusty intern jotting down quotes, of course.
Here's what Monitor staffers had to say about the three novelty flavors:
The Watermelon flavor – limited edition – consists of vanilla wafers sandwiching a half-green, half-pink layer of cream. National news staff editor Judy Douglass said that she was "fascinated" with the colors. Business writer Schuyler Velasco agreed with Ms. Douglass, saying that "it's interesting to look at."
When prompted to try it, deputy online editor Pat Murphy said "I don't even want to try it," later pleading "No, no, no. Please, no." Books intern Casey Lee had the same sentiment, predicting beforehand that "it's one of those 'eat it quickly and chase it with milk' flavors."
Virtually all of our tasters said that the Watermelon Oreos did not, in fact, taste like their fruit counterparts. The Web team was especially vocal in this regard. Project manager David Javier called his tasting experience "disturbing," and analytics intern Colin Jamerson said that the Oreo he consumed "didn't go down well."
Several staffers said it tasted like a Jolly Rancher, one of them being business intern Akane Otani. But she was quick to add that "it's scary because of the chemicals." Food editor Kendra Nordin echoed Otani's concerns, saying that it "tastes weird and artificial, like Bonne Bell lipstick."
Others said it tasted like gum – the Bubblicious brand, to be specific.
National news intern Chelsea Sheasley – one of the kindest people in the newsroom – shocked us all by saying something negative for the first time in her life. Specifically, she thought that the Watermelon Oreo was "weird." Home Forum intern Ben Frederick also thought it tasted weird, but for a different reason: "The green [cream] doesn't taste like rind. That's false advertising."