The Truth About Glow-In-The-Dark Oreos

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Oreo cookies have been around for more than 100 years. So people were bound to get bored enough to create a flavor as off-the-wall as "Glow-in-the-Dark" Oreos.

Oreo has dozens upon dozens of flavors — many that come out in limited release only for holidays and other special occasions. The classic chocolate sandwich cookie is still ultra-popular, as are its variations Double Stuf, Mega Stuf, and the gluten-free variety. Golden Oreos (which feature a golden cookie) in all of those same incarnations are also beloved. So popular are the various Oreos, in fact, that 2019 saw the company take in a record $3.1 billion, per IndiFoodBev. Served intact or twisted, with milk or without, there's no denying that Oreo cookies are a mainstay of modern society.

But sometimes the cookie company bites off more than it can chew, creatively speaking. First, there was the Hot & Spicy Cinnamon Oreo, branded for Valentine's Day and designed to taste like a spicy cinnamon stick, says ShowBiz CheatSheet. The brand also has attempted to get fruity, with flavors like watermelon, fruit punch, and even caramel apple, per the outlet. None are as mind-boggling as the glow-in-the-dark Oreo, however.

What glow-in-the-dark Oreos are like

Most of the time, people don't eat in the dark, but Halloween is one small exception. To that end, Oreo releases limited-time-only "spooky edition glow in the dark Halloween trick-or-treat packs." Available — you guessed it — around Halloween, these cookies come two-to-a-pack in a box of 30 packs. So, perfect to hand out to trick-or-treaters.

When it's dark enough, the icing on the cookies actually glows to the delight of kids and probably the horror of their parents. Otherwise, though, they're pretty much the same as regular old Oreos. This is not the brand's only foray into glowing cookies, however. In 2019, Oreo launched a cookie in celebration of the moon landing's 50th anniversary. Called "Oreo Marshmallow Moon" cookies, they are indeed marshmallow flavored, and they glow, much like the moon itself.

As we approach Halloween, adventurous eaters who don't mind the thought of glowing icing floating around in their stomachs should watch for the glow-in-the-dark Oreos to hit store shelves again. Even if you don't love them, they can't possibly be as gross as carrot cake Oreos, right?