OREOs fascinate me. I mean.. how could they not? What's almost equally as fascinating, is the phenomenon of the perpetual shrinking OREO package. It bugs me when I see a "Family Size" package of food that not too long ago was in fact standard sized. Case in point.. OREOs. Check it out..
OREO Package of my youth
(these contained 54 cookies)
On the rare occasion that we would have these in the house as a kid, I remember them lasting all week. Why is it, that in 2018 my family kills a package in one day? Oh yeah, the new packages can almost fit in the palm of my hand.
Modern Day OREO Package
I can pretty much palm the new OREO packages
Don't even get me started on how tiny the Limited Edition packs are.
That's more like it!
Now we're cooking with Peanut Oil! As you can see, OREO packaging has once again come full circle! However.. the new "family sized" package now costs substantially more than the standard sized packs. Oh well, what can you do? Everything from 'Doritos' to my bars of 'Irish Spring' soap have been downsized while their price remains unchanged. It may irk me, but it hasn't stopped me from buying these products yet. Yup.. they've got me and they know it.
Now what do we have here? A Party Size pack that offers 33% more cookies than Family Sized packs.. albeit with a heftier price tag. I used to go with the family size which still wasn't as big as the 80s packaging, but have now started buying the Party Size for my family of five. I absolutely love the behemoth Party size package. With 52 OREOs in the Party size pack, it's almost as big as the original. At a price point of about $4.50, it's also a pretty fair value in my opinion.
The only thing left I have to be disappointed about, is the amount of cream that are between the cookies. Now you have to buy 'MEGA STUF' OREOs to get as much cream that used to be in 'DOUBLE STUF OREOs', and don't even get me started on the quantity of cream in a regular sized OREO! So in the end, we've taken one step forward.. and one step back.
The cream filling controversy is a discussion for another day, but maybe I should just move on and enjoy the larger packs they are selling now. However.. I just know the whole cream thing is going to keep bugging me. Don't be surprised if you see a 'Where's the Cream Filling?' post soon.