Sunday August 14, 2011

Serious Oreos and culinary time travel

If you’re not keeping up with BraveTart on Facebook or twitter, you probably missed the news. I have my own weekly column on Serious Eats! I’ll share new stories, recipes, and photos there every Friday.

Here’s a blurb from my inaugural post:

I attended the Culinary Institute of America, studied classic French technique and graduated with a degree in, I kid you not, Baking and Pastry Arts. Up in Hyde Park, they don’t teach what I’m about to share with you: the secrets of Culinary Time Travel.

It will take equal parts science and magic to make foods that can power the flux capacitor of the mind. Leave the DeLorean in the garage, preheat your oven to one point twenty one gigawats, and rev that Kitchen Aid to eighty eight mph. We’re going Back to the Eighties.

First stop, Oreos, circa 1981.

Fauxrep dunked in milk

If the idea of culinary time travel intrigues you, read my full post Meet the Fauxreo over on Serious Eats: Sweets, or skip straight to the Fauxreo recipe.

I’m already into week two of my column, using the Fauxreos as a springboard to create another childhood favorite, Baskin-Robbins’ Cookies 'n Cream Clown Cone.

My Serious Eats column will focus entirely on recreating the mass produced foods of my childhood and trying to articulate why those foods hold such an allure for me, even today. Meanwhile, I’ll keep posting my adventures and recipes from Table 310 here.

Fauxreo swimming in milk

If you live in Lexington, you’ll probably notice many of these treats appearing at Wine + Market and Table 310, as I work on developing new recipes for Serious Eats. Stop by to try them out and let me know how I’m doing.

As a kid, what commercial snacks did you love most? What goodies would you like to see me tackle? Please post your ideas and suggestions here, I need lots of ideas if I’m going to recreate new, nostalgic treats on a weekly basis! I’d especially love links to the iconic images and commercials for your favorite products from yesteryear, so I can start feeling the old timey mojo.

Meet the Fauxreo on Serious Eats: Sweets

Cookies 'n Cream Clown Cone on Serious Eats: Sweets

Fauxreo recipe

posted byStellaand filed under:  Chocolate  Cookies  Ice Cream  Sarah Jane

28 comments and counting

Aug 14, 2011 ·  2:10 PM


 · Swee San ·

Aug 14, 2011 ·  2:20 PM

Salerno Butter Cookies were my childhood ideal back in Chicago. They had a center hole to place over the finger like an old fashioned Jumble. Their scalloped design led to nibbling the edges first and savoring the experience.

 · Susan B · 

Aug 14, 2011 ·  3:05 PM

I was just discussing peanut butter cups with some people at a picnic yesterday. (Food is often a topic conversation in my world.) And some were stuck on the fact that homemade cups don’t often match the texture of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The chocolate is often too hard, peanut butter too soft. I said “This is a problem for BraveTart.” (Yes, out loud.) And now you ask! So, there’s that challenge.

 · emily ·

Aug 14, 2011 ·  4:24 PM

What a cool column idea and opportunity! Can’t wait to see what other recipes this inspires.

 · Evan Thomas ·

Aug 14, 2011 ·  6:02 PM

Congrats on Serious Eats column.

 · Christine ·

Aug 15, 2011 · 10:30 AM

@Swee San, what was your favorite brand and flavor? I loved grape Big League Chew.

@Susan, I’ve never had those! Are they like Danish butter cookies, or totally different? We always had a tin of Danish butter cookies at Christmas.

@Emily, Haha, thanks for thinking of me. Your wish is granted!! I have already figured out a killer recipe AND had a photo shoot for Reese’s cups. Expect to see my post on ‘em in a few weeks.

@Evan, thanks! Stay tuned.

@Christine, thank you! I’m really excited to get crackin’.


Aug 15, 2011 · 12:21 PM

congrats, stells!!! this is so exciting. and the column focus is absolutely brilliant. i saw your nutter butters at w+m and they were perfection. as for suggestions? i have lots mint milanos, jello pudding pops, those hot pink wafer cream cookies, animal crackers, and breyer’s viennetta. let’s powwow soon!

 · brigitte  ·

Aug 16, 2011 · 10:04 AM

HoneyBuns!!! and Fried Pies!!Or as Mark calls it Southern white trash road trip foods

 · Kelly · 

Aug 16, 2011 · 12:48 PM

So excited for you Stella! What a great way to start off too – these Fauxreos look better than any Oreo I’ve ever seen =)

 · Peggy ·

Aug 16, 2011 ·  5:17 PM

@Brigitte, lady I miss you! Let’s get together soon.

@Kelly, Honey Buns, yes!!! Kells your a genius. A hundred times yes.

@Peggy, thank you so much. I had fun with ‘em.


Aug 18, 2011 ·  5:06 AM

Congratulations on your weekly column!! I love the idea of recreating treats from childhood. Sometimes I find the treats that I loved just don’t taste as good anymore. Making them myself is probably the best way to recreate it to exactly the way I remember them.

 · Jessica ·

Aug 18, 2011 · 10:48 PM

This is perfect timing. I get serious Oreo cravings, but I would rather not put some (most) of those ingredients down my gullet.

 · Lauren  ·

Aug 18, 2011 · 11:27 PM

@Jessica, I agree! I taste so many of the things I loved as a kid and think they’re total crap. I don’t know if they really tasted differently then, or if my palate has simply evolved. But I want to taste them again, as I remember. I’m a nostalgic sap like that…

@Lauren, I hope you have a chance to try ‘em out! They really do hit the spot.


Sep 01, 2011 · 10:54 AM

Jos.Louis! I used to love them.

And Dunkaroos. My parents would never buy me them but I had other people’s all the time.

I know you’ve already done Oreos, but I always liked Fudgee-Os better. Or Viva Puffs (with the jam filling, not the chocolate).

Also if you’re going to do Reese’s Peanut Butter cups then you should do Bounty Bars, because they were so good.

 · Chiara M ·

Sep 01, 2011 · 11:33 AM

Little Debbie Zebra cakes (or any of her little cake concoctions). Also lemon zingers. It’s an awesome column, and I know you’ll do an amazing job!

 · Julie ·

Sep 01, 2011 · 11:33 AM

@Chiara, omg Dunkaroos! That has to go on my list!!! I’ve never heard of Viva Puffs or Bounty Bars. What were they? I’ve got Reese’s Cups coming up next Friday (this Friday is Nutter Butters!). So be sure to tune in!


Sep 02, 2011 · 12:20 PM

Apparently Viva Puffs are Canadian, but here’s a link to the official website:

They’re some sort of soft cookie (maybe graham or shortbread, I don’t know, unidentifiably processed) with a chocolate, caramel or jam filling, topped with marshmallow and dipped in chocolate. There’s probably an american equivalent.

Apparently Bounty bars aren’t sold in the States either, they’re coconut-filled chocolate bars… so yummy.

 · Chiara M ·

Sep 03, 2011 · 10:00 AM

@Chiara, thanks for the leads on your intriguing Canadian snacks! I may have to place an order for…research purposes…


Nov 26, 2012 ·  9:36 PM

This is probably way late, but koala yummies anyone?

 · Brittany  · 

Nov 29, 2012 ·  9:03 AM

@Brittany, omg what’s a koala yummie?! Sounds fun!


Dec 08, 2012 · 11:07 AM

These were my favorite!! I haven’t had one in a while and they probably just don’t taste the same anymore. BUT, keeping with the spirit of romanticised ideas from childhood, I am inclined to still think them yummy.

 · Brittany · 

Dec 09, 2012 ·  6:28 PM

OMG YES!!!! I know exactly what you mean now! I used to buy them at the Japanese market and when I lived in Japan (where they’re called (コアラのマーチ, Koala’s March). I could eat my body weight in those guys. They make a strawberry kind too! Good times, good times.


Dec 12, 2012 ·  9:12 PM

ha ha yes! And so many people missed out on them…it’s just sad!

 · Brittany · 

Dec 13, 2012 · 10:19 AM

Now I have an overwhelming urge to hit up the Japanese market on my way home from work today…


Aug 23, 2013 · 12:39 AM

I love Oreos and this post has made me want to feed my addiction!

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