Roadtest: Do Red Velvet and Salted Caramel Oreos Live Up to Their Names?

These two flavors are available for a limited time!

PHOTO BY Patricia Baes ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

( When we found out Oreo would be releasing limited-edition Salted Caramel and Red Velvet variants of their sandwich cookies, our hearts stopped a bit. The two are well-loved flavors, after all, and the premise of them being in crispy, creamy Oreo-cookie form only sounds to good to be true. But do they translate as well in real life as they do on paper?

The Red Velvet is a flavor that Oreo has offered locally in the past, also as a limited-edition item (different from its U.S.-imported counterpart, which you'll sometimes find at local specialty supermarkets). Meanwhile, the Salted Caramel variant appears to be new—or at least we haven't seen it before. The closest would be the existence of a salted-caramel variant of the brand's Oreo Thins line.

Pick your fighter: Red Velvet... 
PHOTO BY Patricia Baes
...or Salted Caramel? 
PHOTO BY Patricia Baes
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Price and availability: You can get these Oreos at supermarkets nationwide; a 14-piece slug goes for P41.50 while a nine-piece multipack goes for P76.50. You can also order them from Lazada, where a set of two nine-piece multipacks go for P156.06 and a set of three 14-piece slugs go for P127.50.

Best for: Oreo fans (which is basically everyone) looking for a new way to enjoy the classic cookie.

Best with: Milk—specifically, whole milk that's served cold, as true Oreo connoissieurs would know.

The Red Velvet variant could use a stronger cheesecake flavor.
PHOTO BY Patricia Baes

Tastes like: The Red Velvet variant consists of red-velvet wafer cookies, which are basically less-bitter versions of the original, and what they claim to be a "cheesecake-flavored" creme inside. When you open the packet, you immediately get a whiff of cheese—by which we mean savory cheese, rather sweet-and-tart cheesecake. Beyond the aroma, however, you can hardly taste any cheese in the cream within; it basically tastes the same as Oreo's regular vanilla creme, with perhaps a hint of tanginess—but only if you really try to find it. The overall flavor profile we get is basically just less-chocolatey regular Oreos.

The Salted Caramel delivers a deep caramel flavor we love.
PHOTO BY Patricia Baes

But the Salted Caramel is quite a treat. Sandwiched between Oreo's signature chocolate wafer cookies is a salted-caramel creme that could honestly be saltier but has a deep, caramel-y flavor nonetheless. The caramel flavor isn't as complex and buttery as, say, real caramel made from scratch, but it does the job of fulfilling our caramel cravings. There's a coconut-y aftertaste to it too, but we don't mind at all—it actually goes well with the bitterness of the chocolate.


Manage your expectations: If you've ever had imported Red Velvet Oreos, which actually do deliver on the red-velvet flavor, the versions sold locally sadly don't taste like it. As for the Salted Caramel variant, well, they could be saltier—but that's nothing a pinch of salt (sea salt, if you want to be fancy) from the pantry can't fix.

Yay or nay: We're pretty indifferent about the Red Velvet—it doesn't taste bad (these are Oreos we're talking about, after all), it just doesn't deliver the flavor it promises. Still, the Salted Caramel is a yay for us! 

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