Oreo flavors ranked from worst to best

If at some point in your life you've purchased Oreos, breaking into that iconic blue bag may go a little something like this. One Oreo… two Oreo…. accidentally eat a whole sleeve of Oreos. Oops! But don't worry, you're definitely not alone. Oreos have been around the block a time or two, officially launching in 1912, and since then, Nabisco has taken over the world with its famed sandwich cookie, bringing together the perfect combination of crunchy chocolate cookie and soft cream. 

Oreo has become the best-selling cookie in the world, and with that kind of reputation, a company needs to keep things fresh and exciting all the time. With such a focus on innovation, Oreo has gone on to introduce a wild selection of flavors, each time throwing consumers for a loop. That classic twist, lick, dunk routine may not work for every single flavor on the market anymore, like it does for the classic Oreo, but each new addition is a little bit more surprising than the last. And truth be told, it's a little hard to keep up. 

Luckily, we did some of the work for you and tried as many flavors as we could get our hands on. We've compiled a list and ranked them from worst to best. Grab your glass of milk and get ready to talk Oreos.

15. Candy Corn Oreos

Ah, candy corn — the candy we all love to hate. Candy corn is undoubtedly one of the most controversial treats on the market, and as soon as stores start to put out Halloween items, the conversation strikes up again. It's either the perfect candy dish selection for your household, or it's a cavity inducing nightmare, but either way you feel about it, you still talk about the famed candy that time of the year. 

Oreo decided to capitalize on that love, debuting Candy Corn Oreos in 2012. According to People, the first year they were released, they were flying off the shelves. But that's most likely due to the novelty of the flavor, with everyone clamoring to try them. We can't imagine it was actually due to how they taste. 

Candy Corn Oreos are essentially nothing like a regular Oreo, as it utilizes a vanilla cookie, paired with a candy corn flavored creme. Oreo did something fun with their yellow and orange creme, swirling it inside the cookie, but that festive decor can't mask the taste. Shape did the math, and there's 28 percent more sugar in a serving of Candy Corn Oreos than regular Oreos. That's a big hike, and it's a testament to how sickeningly sweet these things really are. Frankly, they're awful and definitely not worth the hype. 

14. Golden Oreos

There are plenty of people who seem to love the Golden Oreo, but for the purpose of this list, it's not ranking very high. Golden Oreos are lackluster, at best, yet somehow they're still on shelves. The "vanilla" version of the classic Oreo cookie debuted in 2004, offering up a plain vanilla cookie with creme filling, and it tastes just like that. Very, very plain. Oreo decided to ditch their cocoa flavor and swap it out for a more shortbread-like cookie, probably to appease anyone who hates to wake up their taste buds. 

Oddly enough, the ingredients don't even list vanilla, rather just stating natural and artificial flavors, so it's impossible to know what is actually flavoring these cookies. But the real answer seems to be, not a whole lot. Of course, they're made with the same creme filling as normal Oreos, but without the chocolate, or without a flavored creme, they're basically just sweet, dull cookies. 

13. Dark Chocolate Oreos

Oreo released its Dark Chocolate Oreo in 2018, specifically on December 21st to honor the beginning of winter on the shortest and darkest day of the year. The cookie officially hit shelves the beginning of 2019, and it's one of Oreo's newest permanent flavors. But we don't think this cookie should get too comfortable yet.

The Dark Chocolate Oreo uses the same chocolate Oreo cookies we know and love, but the creme filling is a little too far off the darkside. 

For dark chocolate lovers, these truly seem like the best idea ever. Not everyone likes a sweet cookie, right? It definitely makes for more of a deep, rich chocolate cookie experience, but the flavor is off, and it tastes a bit fake. Oddly enough, the ingredients do, of course, list chocolate on the list, but it's followed with artificial flavor, and we can tell. Is it possible Oreo made a chocolate creme and artificially flavored it to taste like dark chocolate? If so, we can taste it, and you won't get past much more than one bite of this oddly flavored invention.  

12. Lemon Oreos

Lemon Oreos have been around since the 1920s, and they're fun, but not great. Lemon Oreos might just make you feel like you're enjoying a fancier Oreo, reminiscent of an afternoon tea party. It's a genius flavor combination, utilizing the Golden Oreos as a base. The cookie is stuffed with a delicious lemon flavored creme, similar to a lemon meringue pie. The beauty of the filling, because it's lemon, is that it's not a sugar bomb smacking you in the face. Instead, you're getting a well composed filling with a great balance of sweet and tart. But why are Lemon Oreos not closer to the top of the rankings? It's all about the ratio. 

While the lemon creme is delicious, the combination of a Golden Oreo cookie just makes the whole experience odd. You bite into a dull, boring Golden cookie, and then finally get smacked in the face with delicious lemon flavor. It packs a punch for those who love tart, sweet lemon, but it craves a bit more balance. 

11. Reduced Fat Oreos

If you've been in the situation of accidentally eating a whole sleeve of Oreos, you know the feeling of wishing Oreos were calorie free. Turns out, that's impossible, but Oreo did try to give their consumers a better option. 

Oreo's efforts to make a lower fat version of their signature cookie is worth the applause, but with the texture of this choice, it may be worth skipping the cookie all together. Regular Oreos clock in at a serving size of three cookies, with 160 calories and 7 grams of fat. In an effort to lower that fat count, Reduced Fat Oreos, with the same serving size of three, dish out 150 calories, but with 4.5 grams of fat. It's a slight variation in the numbers, but is it worth it? 

These cookies may be a good replacement, if you can get past the texture. While you could imagine that reducing the fat may have to do with changing the formula for the creme, it seems like the change is all in the cookie. Biting into a Reduced Fat Oreo is a whole different experience. The outside cookie is much crunchier than a normal Oreo, making you wonder what they decided to leave out or add in its place. They work when dunked in milk, if you're feeling desperate, but overall, a pretty bland option.

10. Carrot Cake Oreos

Carrot cake is one of those desserts you either completely hate, or you grew up having it for dessert at your grandma's house every Sunday and you can't get enough of it. For those who are on Team Carrot Cake, Oreo came out with the perfect flavor. Oreo debuted their Carrot Cake flavor in January, 2019 as a permanent new flavor, assuming it would be a hit.

For all of the carrot cake lovers in the world, they weren't wrong. The cookie actually uses a cookie base customized to the flavor — no Golden Oreos here! The base is a strong, baking spice flavored cookie, with visible specs of cinnamon and spice throughout. Carrot cake typically utilizes cinnamon and nutmeg in a recipe, but some may call for baking spice or clove, and this cookie hits the flavor on the nail. Plus, they smell incredible. The creme filling emulates a cream cheese frosting, which is a classic carrot cake combo. It's a tangy filling, but at the same time, it is wildly sweet. This theory of this Oreo is genius, but the execution may be a bit too sweet for most people. It's delicious to have one, but eating more than one may bring those cavities you've been ignoring to light.

9. Birthday Cake Oreos

Oreo debuted their Birthday Cake Oreos in 2012 to commemorate their 100th birthday, and the flavor has stuck around since then. They're a fun option for celebrating a friend, or even as a topping on a cake. 

Funfetti has been the quintessential birthday cake flavor for decades, so emulating that only makes sense. We all had it growing up at one point or another, whether in our own homes or a friend's birthday party, so it's no wonder these are popular. The filling has that Funfetti flavor, reminding us of sweet, thick frosting from decades past, all while housed in an original Oreo chocolate cookie. It's a unique mixture for sure, making many Oreo aficionados wonder why they didn't utilize their Golden Oreos as a base, but for the chocolate lover it works. There's plenty of people who list a chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting as their favorite, and this combo makes that happen in cookie form. Overall, it's a little too sweet to eat more than, maybe, two, but otherwise a solid, fun choice.

8. Red Velvet Oreos

Oreo, cleverly, debuted Red Velvet Oreos for Valentine's Day in 2015, advertising them as a Limited Edition flavor. As it turns out, Red Velvet was here to stay! They're still available on shelves today, and not just for celebrating the red and white holiday. 

The Red Velvet flavor isn't bad, but not great. They're just okay, and a lot of that has to do with the execution. When people make red velvet cake incorrectly, all they do is make chocolate cake batter and add red food coloring. These taste a little bit like that. When red velvet cake is made correctly, there's buttermilk involved to give it that tangy flavor. But the red cookie that Oreo used here tastes just like the original Oreo cookie, dyed red, and paired with a cream cheese filling. 

Luckily, that filling is actually delicious and it saves this cookie from falling lower on the ranking scale. Chances are, it's the same sweet filling as the Carrot Cake Oreos, but the combination of the chocolate cookie balances it well. Do you get to taste anything remotely like red velvet cake with these? Definitely not. Are they edible? Totally.

7. Latte Oreo Thins

Ah, the taste of a good latte, made with perfectly roasted coffee, perhaps paired with the slight scent of vanilla. Latte flavored Oreo Thins have to taste just that good, right? Close, but not quite.

Oreo debuted their newest flavor of Oreo Thins summer, 2019, and this addition is a permanent staple on shelves now. 

It's a chocolate cookie paired with a latte flavored creme, and while the creme is a bit sweeter than one might hope, it's pretty darn good. With Oreo's use of artificial flavor in most flavors they debut, you definitely get a bit of that, but this flavor is pretty reminiscent of a good cup of joe while curled up with your favorite book. The balance of flavor is great, with the deep flavor of the cookie cuts through the sweetness of the latte creme. We definitely tried these with milk (duh), but we also sampled them with a hot cuppa. And if you could pick the perfect pairing for your coffee, this would be it. Dessert for breakfast, anyone?

6. Maple Creme Oreos

Maple syrup lovers rejoiced when Oreo debuted their Maple Golden Oreos for late summer, 2019, and we are definitely on that bandwagon. With all of the buzz around pumpkin spice, it was due time for maple to have its time to shine, and Oreo released a ridiculously delicious product to do just that.

Unfortunately, the Maple Goldens do use the same cookie as the original Golden Oreos, but it's taken to a whole new level with the sweet maple creme filling. 

For those of you who are maple syrup snobs, you'll definitely be able to tell this is artificially flavored, but Oreo did a good job of making the perfect match to balance out the dull Golden Oreo. It's a sweet flavor for sure, but well paired, making for a good combo that isn't too overpowering. It's definitely a worthy flavor moving toward fall to celebrate the changing of the leaves and the tapping of maple trees.

5. Peanut Butter Pie Oreos

As if Oreo hasn't gotten crazy enough with recreating desserts like red velvet cake and carrot cake, they moved into the world of pie! If you've ever had a peanut butter pie, you know that the combo of graham cracker crust, creamy peanut butter filling, and chocolate is simply pie perfection. Oreo emulates that classic dessert in an excellent way with this cookie flavor that debuted in January, 2019. 

The Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie flavor starts with a graham cracker cookie, which is a bit crunchier than the original chocolate cookie or Golden Oreo. It has a nice graham cracker flavor, lending as the perfect base to a creme filling of both peanut butter and chocolate. Truthfully, it looks like Oreo just took the same filling for their Peanut Butter Oreos and half of the filling for their Chocolate Oreos, paired it with graham crackers and called it a day, and that's fine by us! Why not use what's already right at your fingertips to make a new delicious flavor? The peanut butter creme really ups the game with these cookies, definitely putting them high on the list.

4. Pistachio Oreo Thins

Why exactly do people like pistachio flavored things? Truly, they taste nothing like the actual nut, yet somehow, we just keep finding products debuting with that uniquely flavor. But we're not mad about it. This may be one of Oreo's best new flavors, as it released pistachio flavored Oreo Thins in 2018. 

Pistachio flavoring may not be everybody's cup of tea, but you don't necessarily need to be a pistachio flavor lover to get on board with these cookies. Oddly enough, the mixture of chocolate cookie with pistachio flavored creme is delightful. It's a light, lovely flavor that isn't too sweet or overpowering. Truth be told, it tastes a little bit like Lucky Charms that have been sitting in milk for a while, and that can't possibly be a bad thing. They're perfectly balanced, and because they're only made in Oreo Thins form, they're light and approachable. Making a regular sized Oreo with pistachio flavor may be a little much, but for the purpose of ranking these treats, this flavor is pretty darn high on the list.

3. Mint Oreos

For those of you Thin Mint addicts, this is a solid replacement for the rest of the year. Chocolate and mint go together like peanut butter and jelly. We've been enjoying the bright green combo of mint chocolate chip ice cream for years, or grabbing York Peppermint Patties on the way out of the store. It's a combination that surprises people, in a good way, with the mixture of rich chocolate and the refreshment of the mint. 

Oreo figured out how to combine the flavors of peppermint oil with their classic cocoa cookies. It was immediately a total hit, and we can definitely see why. Mint Oreos come in both original size, as well as Oreo Thins, and both are just as magical as the other. They put forth an incredibly strong, fresh mint flavor that is balanced wonderfully with the chocolate cookie — the perfect contrast of flavors. 

2. Peanut Butter Oreos

Remember the scene in The Parent Trap when the Lohan sisters cracked the code to the ultimate way to enjoy Oreos? They dipped their Oreos in a jar of peanut butter, realizing a ridiculously delicious combination. They were obviously on to something because Peanut Butter Oreos are incredible. There's just something so magical about the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, and actually, there's a scientific reason behind why we love it. People love contrasting sensory experiences, making the salty, savory flavors of peanut butter and the sweetness of chocolate a perfect match, so it's no wonder these are at the top of the list. 

It doesn't seem like Oreo used the same type of creme filling in Peanut Butter Oreos as other Oreos, and that's a good thing! It's not the original creme filling mixed with peanut butter. It seems like an entirely new filling altogether. The label actually lists peanut butter in the ingredients, so we know we're getting some real flavor there. It's a strong flavor balance of savory peanut butter and cocoa cookie, basically equating to cookie heaven. Seriously, they're wildly addicting.

1. Original Oreos

Here we are — the head honcho of them all. Even with Oreo constantly debuting crazy flavors, with everything at this point from Swedish Fish Oreos to Key Lime Oreos there's something to be said about the original. If it's not broke, don't fix it, right? 

Oreo has been going strong for over 100 years with the signature chocolate cookie, and no matter how many new flavors are introduced, we all still go back to the tried and true version. Because of Oreo's longevity, those of us who grew up dunking the cookie in our milk may never let another flavor top the list, simply due to nostalgia. Truly, we can never get sick of Oreos. 

As it turns out, a study found that Oreos might be just as addictive to humans as cocaine is, and we can see why. When the original combination of two crispy, chocolate cookies, sandwiched with a sweet, milky creme filling was debuted, Oreo had struck gold. To this day, we can all still eat an entire sleeve of Oreos, even if we haven't even purchased them in a decade. It's the ideal combination of contrasting, yet complementary, flavors all in one. They're still lickable, and still perfectly dunkable just the same.