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Some Fun Food News

So aren't Oreo cookies pretty good the way they are? Well, Nabisco is continuing to extend their popularity by adding a bunch of new flavors. It's just the frosting on top of some interesting food news that I thought I would pass along in today's commentary.

According to The Daily Meal, on January 1, the brand will release limited-edition Chocolate Hazelnut Oreos and Spicy Hot Cinnamon Oreos, and then later you can expect the rerelease of Marshmallow Peeps Oreos and Pop Rocks Firework Oreos.

Then in May, store shelves will be stocked with new Cherry Cola and Kettle Corn Oreos, and Pina Colada Oreo Thins. Each “deliciously creative” flavor was crowd-sourced from public submissions, according to Nabisco.

Holy crumbly cookies! Can't imagine how any of these can top the original Oreos with their yummy vanilla filling, but I guess I'm just a stick-in-the mud traditionalist. Apparently, Nabisco wants to chase the tastebuds of cookie consumers who like to experiment or who enjoy hot and spicy foods. I do, but in an Oreo? Of course, these will follow in the footsteps of such offbeat flavors as Green Tea Oreos and Blueberry Mountain Oreos among many others, so why am I surprised?

Meanwhile, just in time for Girl Scout cookie season, Yoplait is debuting Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Chocolate (a.k.a Tagalongs or Peanut Butter Patties depending on where you're from), and Caramel Coconut (Samoas or Caramel deLites) - flavored yogurt.

According to Food & Wine, the Caramel Coconut flavor comes in Yoplait's original yogurt style. The Thin Mints and Peanut Butter Chocolate varieties are additions to the Yoplait Whips! line.

All three Girl Scout cookie creations will start hitting store shelves this month.

In other food news, the Baltimore Sun reports that Domino Sugars is heading to space as part of an interactive science project.

No, orbiting astronauts aren’t whipping up a batch of sugar cookies for Christmas, according to the Sun.

They will use the sugar to grow crystallized rock candy in zero-gravity, while students grow it on Earth and compare their progress.

The Crystal Growth Experiment was designed by DreamUp, NanoRacks and Xtronaut, which develop space-related science, technology, engineering and math programs for schools.

Way to go, Domino! Far out!

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