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In my continued effort to embrace all things edible, I decided to pick up a pack of Oreo Duo, a brand that's hard to find at home except online. Here they sell them from little stalls on the street. Go figure. Oreos, as you no doubt know, are sandwich cookies that involve a top and a bottom biscuit sandwiched together with a flavoured cream. Traditional Oreos involved a chocolate flavour biscuit and a vanilla flavour crème, though it's a bit of a stretch to describe them as authentic chocolate and vanilla respectively. After that came all sorts of different varieties, my personal favourite of which is Peanut Butter Crème. They also do Golden Oreos, where the biscuits are yellow and 'vanilla' rather than black and 'chocolate'. These come with either vanilla or chocolate crème fillings. Oreo Duo are somewhere between the two and are rather unusual. The top biscuit in each is vanilla, the bottom chocolate. And the crème inside? Half chocolate, half vanilla. It really is a little bit of everything. One thing that left me super impressed by these was the precision with which the crème is allocated. It truly is a work of art, and instead of having uneven blobs of chocolate and vanilla, there is a perfect, neat semi circle of each lying side by side. This means that if you bite carefully you can turn each cookie into two difference taste sensations: vanilla crème with dark and light biscuits, and chocolate crème with the same. I do not tend to eat that tidily, however, and so eating these I just bite in any old way, getting a little bit of everything with each mouthful. I wasn't sure I would like these, but I was pleasantly surprised, and I think the mix of flavours works well. For a start, the biscuit parts complement each other, with the sweetness of the Golden half being offset by the more bitter dark half. The difference in texture is also absorbed by there being only one of each biscuit: Golden Oreos are harder than regular, but when you use one of each this isn't as noticeable. For flavour and texture reasons I'm not a fan of Golden Oreos on their own, but when it's half Golden, half regular, it works much better. The crèmes work well together, too. Again the regular vanilla is quite sickly, but next to the sweet but not too sweet chocolate, it mellows somewhat. What I would struggle to do, however, is define these as either a chocolate or a vanilla flavoured snack. I wouldn't even call them choco-vanilla. Somehow the individual flavours get a little lost with the result being a sweet yet rather generic biscuit without a clear flavour. However, because of the typical Oreo quality (crisp biscuits, smooth crèmes without a hint of bittiness) it is a pleasing, if somewhat confusing, result. Recommended but only if they're the same price as normal Oreos - they're good but not so good as to warrant a rare-import-product mark up.