Guilty Pleasures

Oreo O's: Straight from South Korea

The Guilty Pleasure: Oreo O's Cereal Where to Get It: eBay, Amazon and South Korea Price: About $20 including shipping What it Really Costs: An explanation to the manager of the Post Office that you really did order breakfast cereal shipped directly from Korea.

As one of the most delicious cereals in history, Oreo O's were sadly discontinued everywhere other than South Korea in 2007 due to a split between Post (who owns the cereal) and Kraft (who owns Oreos). For us, it marked the end of the simpler times of childhood, the Saturday morning cartoons and overflowing plates at family meals with our grandparents.

See also: Pumpkin Spice Oreo Taste Test (Caramel Apple Oreos, Too)

There's a pretty good chance that you don't remember Oreo O's from when they were sold in this country (1998-2007), but if you were a part of the target audience at the time (young enough to eat super sugary breakfast cereals but old enough to know how awesome Oreos are), then it just might've been your favorite cereal ever.

We fall into that second category.

Apparently, a box of Oreo O's only sets you back about $5 in Korea. Unfortunately, shipping it stateside costs an extra $15 or so. Buying in bulk can save you some money, but it's still going to be some of the most expensive breakfast cereal still being produced. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

Oreo O's is a simple combination of Oreo flavored rings and hockey puck-shaped marshmallow bits. That's right, it's all the best parts of cookies 'n' cream-flavored treats (like ice cream), but in a breakfast cereal. It tastes way more like cookies than Cookie Crisp could ever dream of, and a bowl of it leaves the milk sweet and Oreo-like enough to serve as a dessert for your breakfast (or lunch, light dinner and midnight snack).

You may be thinking "Well isn't that just like Chocolate Lucky Charms?" Well, to put it politely, you're wrong.

You see, part of what sets Oreo O's apart from the competition is that it takes a very delicate balance to use both chocolate and marshmallow in a cereal without it being overpoweringly sweet. We're not saying that it's not designed to tickle your sweet tooth, it's just not going to give you a headache off of a bowl or two like others will.

The O's aren't some wimpy little Cheerios type cereal, they're more like Apple Jacks' cooler cousin. As for the marshmallows, there used to be a version called "Extreme Creme Oreo O's" that had marshmallows that tasted like Oreo filling, but those seem to be (sadly extinct). In the regular version, the marshmallows act as more of a complement to the O's, but unless you're one of those weird people who refuses to eat ketchup with their fries, you probably understand the importance of having two flavors that go together.

Overall, we're not saying you need to order cereal from South Korea, we're just saying that you're missing out if you don't. There's no sign that they'll stop being made anytime soon, so it's no rush. For that matter, it's probably better that you don't buy them so the market price stays low for the rest of us who realize their greatness.

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