Where do we pick up our check?


We consider ourselves to be junk food experts here at MyRecipes, so we were thrilled to put our years of experience to the test with Oreo’s new Mystery Flavor.

You can read more about the Mystery Flavor contest here, but here’s a recap: Nabisco released a cookie today that looks like a normal Oreo, but tastes like something entirely new. If you guess the flavor correctly, you could win $50,000.

Along with a few of our friends at Eating Well, we’re pretty darn sure we cracked the case—what, like it’s hard?

Everyone immediately picked up warm, spicy flavors. However, the source of that warm spiciness was a source of contention. Was it supposed to be maple? A cinnamon roll? French toast, possibly?

One taster guessed that it was inspired by Teddy Grahams, which wasn’t too off the mark: Oreo’s last Mystery Flavor, which was released in 2017, was eventually revealed to be Fruity Pebbles.

However, we are now 99.9 percent sure that none of these guesses are correct. So what’s our pick?


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We came to this conclusion based on how the creme tastes (again, warm and spicy), and the two clues that Oreo has given us so far.

Clue No. 1 (found on Oreo’s website)

“History is divided on how this came to exist. A shepherd? A sailor? There’s no easy fix.”

There are two theories about how churros came to be:

According to the first theory, churros were brought to Europe from China by Portueguese sailors.

According to the second theory, they were first made by Spanish shepherds, who were easily able to make and fry the churro paste over open fire in the mountains.

Shepherd? Check. Sailor? Check.

Clue No. 2 (found on the back of our package of Mystery Oreos)

“Its name it stole and history kept. Perhaps from a creature that lives on the steppe?”

I’d like to introduce you to our new favorite animal, the Navajo Churro Sheep.

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Credit: John Cancalosi/Getty Images

John Cancalosi/Getty Images

The Navajo Churro Sheep is an adorable, adaptable, and extremely woolly breed of domestic sheep.

Guess where they’re commonly found? The “sage-brush dominated steppes and the pinyon-juniper woodlands of the semiarid Southwest,” according to a book by agricultural ecologist Gary Paul Nabhan.

Listen: I’m not saying we’re definitely correct about Oreo’s 2019 Mystery Flavor. But I’m not not saying it, either.