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Written by Darci Tomky   

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Why is it that some of the most tasty treats around are “Limited Editions?”

Pumpkin pie just doesn’t seem right outside the month of November, and the irresistible combination of candy corn and peanuts is only good in the fall.

Can you imagine eating cute little yellow Peeps in the middle of winter? (Not to mention they might be a tad on the hard side if you left them on the shelf that long...)

Christmas is a fun time of the year because of all the edible traditions, here for a limited time only! Ribbon candy, chocolate yule logs, popcorn balls and candy canes have all made their grand appearance alongside gingerbread men, fruitcake and sugar cookies.

By the way, did you know animal crackers were originally introduced to America in the early 1900s as edible ornaments—a seasonal item with a colorful box you could hang on the tree? (That’s what the string is for!)

We were recently discussing our favorite Christmas cookies. Don’t get me wrong, just about any Christmas cookie is my favorite Christmas cookie, but I came to the conclusion that my family doesn’t really have a Christmas cookie baking tradition.

I’ve never made a gingerbread house, and endless hours of decorating various shapes and sizes of sugar cookies seemed to do a good job of killing the jolly Christmas mood.

No. No homemade Christmas cookies or candies for us.

I just have four words for you.

White.

Fudge.

Covered.

Oreo.

Is anybody else’s mouth watering right now?

Whoever invented this little taste of heaven is definitely one smart cookie (please excuse the pun).

Oreos are pretty good anyway. Especially the Double Stuf variety. That’s probably why they’re our number one selling cookie in the 20th century, with Americans spending $550 million on them annually.

I think a good chunk of that money came from my house. We seriously have no less than five boxes of White Fudge Covered Oreos in our house at this very moment. So how are these cookies any better than other Oreos? I’ll tell you why.

Ok. So you take your basic Oreo cookie—savory cream filling sandwiched in between two crunchy chocolaty waffers—and completely drench it in a thick layer of decadent white fudge. When you bite into it, it simply crushes any other Oreo cookie by comparison.

The perfect combination of the cream, the cookie crunch and the fudge is simply irresistible. If you don’t believe me, try one. I dare you.

But you better hurry, because, like all good things, this one must come to an end. White Fudge Covered Oreos are a limited edition product, only available around Christmastime. (That might explain the five boxes stashed in my house as we speak...)

It’s like Mr. White Fudge Covered Oreo thinks he’s superior to all other Oreos.

You can buy him exclusively at the holidays. He comes protected in a pretty little box, and for a pretty little penny no less. To top it off the box comes with a fancy schmancy recipe on the back including two high-profile ingredients: strawberries and drizzled chocolate.

Need I say more?

That, my friends, is my favorite Christmas cookie.

Forget the candy canes and fruitcake and make a mad dash for the cookie aisle.

I promise this holiday tradition will give new meaning to “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”


Holyoke Enterprise December 15, 2011