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April 24th, 2001

Duplex Cremes

Make no mistake about it, folks: I love Oreo cookies. Who wouldn’t love that creme filling? The passable chocolate wafer cookie? And what about that filling? But, in times like these, I have found a very good alternative to Oreos. I’m talking about duplex cremes.

In spirit, duplex cremes are rather similar to Oreos. You’ve got a creme filling, surrounded by two cookies. The difference is that, traditionally, one of the cookies is a vanilla flavor while the other remains chocolate. And oftentimes, the cookies have holes in them which allow that creme filling to ooze out of the middle oh so slightly. Duplex cremes are rather delicious but unlike Oreos, they vary wildly by brand.

This is where the key difference lies. Duplex cremes are usually sold under a store brand, and while you can get a store brand Oreo substitute, I wouldn’t recommend it. This lends itself to different recipes and ingredients. For my money, though, I’ve found Meijer’s duplex cremes to be the tastiest all around. They offer a fine consistency and a very good creme for $2 a tray. Behind that, Dominick’s or Safeway brand duplex cremes are good. The cookie consistency is a tad too rough for my tastes, but it’s acceptable. And what about Jewel or Albertson’s? Don’t even consider ’em, unless you enjoy cardboard-flavored cookies.

Clearly the price is an advantage to consider, too. In many vending machines, one can find a small tray of 20 duplex cremes – fine quality – for less than 75 cents.

For your reading pleasure: Duplex DNA, wondering why said cookies are created as they are. -pm

Posted in Food and Beverage, The Oreo Family

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