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May 28, 2008 01:46 PM

Hydrox Cookie back (limited time) soon

Kellogg has just announced that they are bringing back the original recipe (except that they're 0 grams transfat) Hydrox Cookies for a limited time in late August. I've always liked Hydrox Cookies much better than Oreo Cookies and when Keebler (owned by Kellogg) discontinued them, I was quite disappointed, so this announcement makes me very happy.

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  1. I bought the "Limited Edition" Hydrox cookies today. They taste pretty good but I don't think they taste like the Hydrox cookies of my childhood. The filling is thicker and softer than I remember. I know that the removal of the trans fat makes the filling softer but didn't the original Hydrox have a thin, fairly firm layer of filling? These are not that different from the reformulated Oreos.

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    1. re: Red Head

      My brother's reaction was the same - he called to warn me. We come from a family of Hydrox lovers, and he said they apparently decided to mimic Oreos rather than recreate what was distinctive about Hydrox. If true, a missed opportunity.

      1. re: Karl S

        According to Kellogg:

        "Limited Edition 100th Anniversary Hydrox® cookies will follow the original, beloved Hydrox recipe, though they will contain 0 grams trans fat."

        1. re: pabboy

          Yes, but that elimination of the trans fat can mean the cookie is very much not like the original. The elimination of trans fats has rendered many products very much unlike their originals in taste and mouthfeel.

          1. re: Karl S

            Agree but I would hardly consider eliminating trans fat be mimicking Oreos! I would've thrown out the entire pack after 1 cookie.

            1. re: pabboy

              But it appears that, in whatever they chose to substitute fats, they ended up imitating it.

    2. I'll have to look for them. Hydrox were always much better than Oreos...the texture of the cookie itself was better with a nice, grainy kind of crunchiness.

      Do I dare live in hope that Kelloggs/Keebler might also consider bringing back my real favorite...the Golden Fruit Raisin Biscuits??

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      1. re: The Professor

        Yes, Professor, a lesson well taught: Golden Fruit Raisin Biscuits clearly outperformed, especially compared to their cost. They were a delicacy and we need them back.

      2. I picked up 4 packs of Hydrox at my local Pathmark. While I can't remember what it tasted like 15 years ago it was and still is infinitely better than Oreos. Oreos have too much cream, the cream is far too sweet for me, the chocolate cookies crumble easily. Hydrox have always had a better cream to cookie ratio. They don't fall apart like Oreos when you dunk it in milk.

        Good times are back... even if only for a limited time.

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        1. re: pabboy

          Same here, pabboy. I recently tried Oreos after a long absence, and they were disgusting. Also, they were over $4.00 for 8 ounces. Buh bye to Oreos.

          I picked up the Hydrox for $2.50 (14 ounce pkg.) and they were pretty darned good. I don't remember what the originals tasted like, but the Hydrox did taste pretty close to the original Oreo.

          If they were better than this with the trans fat, they must have been amazing.

          Boy, what a cruel fate befell us all when the food police took away our trans fat. So, we'll live longer and enjoy it less.

          1. re: dolores

            Well said. I still remember when McDonald's fries were yummy.

            1. re: dolores

              Please spread the gospel... I mean the word.

              Kelloggs said Hydrox will be available for a limited time but may consider continue production if there's enough demand. Unfortunately grocery store shelves are dominate by Oreos, Original, Double Stuff, Triple Cream, Fudgees Chocolate, Winter Cream, Purple Cream, Bubba Gump Shrimp!! Hydrox was either in a different section or hidden with the generic brands.

              1. re: pabboy

                >>Bubba Gump Shrimp!!

                Hah, don't be surprised if they steal this idea from you, pabboy.

                For this special offering, they weren't even WITH the hallowed Nabisco cookies. Oh, and don't bother with the Banana Split Oreos, they're disgusting.

                The Hydrox were at the back of the supermarket, near the dairy, on the shelves usually reserved for raisin bread.

                I guess they didn't grease the proper palms, since special items are usually at the front of the supermarket, where the power of suggestion plays a big part in 'hmmm I think I'll pick this up'.

                Meanwhile, how much was each Oreo, at 24 cookies for $4.00 (rounding down) vs Hydrox, 36 cookies for $2.50?


                By the way, Quintin Frey had NOTHING to say about my excellent point/counterpoint to his rationale for stealing my ice cream from me.

          2. In the 60's, there was a Hydrox factory in Sayreville, NJ. As teen, I had a summer job with the county road dept. paving the road next to the factory. Every morning coffee break, we'd go over to the loading dock and get free broken cases of Hydrox. I got so sick of eating them that I thought I'd never want them again. Hmmm sounding pretty good right now, though..... Thanks.

            1. Have these been spotted in Los Angeles yet?

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              1. re: ReelMike84

                After loading up on the Hydrox, and giving some away (something is different, they're not the same) and then loading up on various store brands (just as good, and cheaper), I was tempted to try the LU school boy cookies that were on sale yesterday.

                Well, if THESE ever get to be really economical (happily, they never will or I'd have a basement full), I'm there. I got the milk and dark chocolate varieties, since they were two for something, I can't recall. Holy cow, are THEY delicious.

                I highly recommend them. PIMS orange and raspberry are good, and Hob Nobs are still THE best, but LU's school boys are very, very good. Interesting, none of the aforementioned are American cookies, are they.