Watermelon Oreos Dip into Controversy

Aimee Picchi, MSN Money, June 19, 2013

Mix a favorite summer fruit with an iconic American cookie, and what do you get? Apparently a mouthful of controversy.

Mondelez International’s Nabisco has rolled out a limited-edition Oreo flavor for the summer, picking watermelon as its fruit of choice. It’s not even the cookie maker’s first fruit-flavored version, with previous spin-offs including banana split and chocolate with strawberry creme.


Some are saying the new flavor opens up jokes or insults that could veer into racism, given that the fruit is sometimes stereotyped as a favorite of blacks. The portrayal has its roots in American slavery, with defenders portraying slaves as happy as long as they had a slice of watermelon.

“Really Nabisco . . . Watermelon Oreos? Are you TRYING 2 get some low-level intern fired for a racist joke email?” one consumer wrote on Twitter.


Real Oreos lovers, however, will likely skip over the controversy and welcome the new flavor with a cold glass of milk.

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  • bubo

    So do blacks “own” watermelon or something? The media seems to think so. I for one love watermelon. Especially during the summer with some cold fried chicken.

    Watermelon cookies don’t sound good, though.

    • sbuffalonative

      Let’s flip it. Let’s print up t-shirts of very white looking caricatures grinning ear to ear while eating watermelon.

      I bet any money they’d be denounced as coded racism.

      • Erasmus

        Now THAT would be a laugh-riot!

      • me

        What’s wrong with liking watermelon, no matter what race you are?

    • Sick of it

      Yeah, a lot of folks seem to forget that southerners generally like watermelons and fried chicken…

      • bubo

        Soul food is just Southern food. Always has been.

    • Non Humans

      Wouldn’t it be hilarious if they made them ineligible for Food Stamps/EBT purchase? I can already hear the Cat 5 Chimpouts.

  • “Oreo” is also a little bit of a pejorative, to refer to blacks that “act white.”

    • Like “banana” – yellow on the outside and white on the inside – a pejorative for assimilated California Chinese.

      • The__Bobster


        n. a person who is tan on the outside (mexican, indian, philipino) and white on the inside

        • It isn’t even July yet, but my arms have already turned from Irish-white to reddish-brown. Too much walking outside.

        • dogbone

          The terms the Asians use themselves are “Twinkie” and “Coconut.”

    • JohnEngelman

      Those are the ones I like.

    • Erasmus

      What about a person who’s white on the outside and dusky on the inside?

    • me

      ‘White bread’ is used to slam Whitey. Should we boycott white bread?

      • Sick of it

        I actually prefer wheat.

  • My family and I love watermelon pops, and Wal Mart used to carry them. I have a 5-gallon batch of hard watermelon cider brewing right now. It comes out at about 10%. It costs about $7 for five gallons, and 10% will get a person spun.

    • The Final Solution

      You shouldn’t be homebrewing. Don’t you know the government doesn’t like self-reliant white folk who reject the idea of welfare?

      • Even the BATF thought what I was doing was OK in this respect when they tossed the house on Dec. 16, 2011.

        You can’t sell it, and you can’t distill it, bot otherwise homebrew is OK.

    • Where I grew up holiday picnics often consisted of adult watermelon. Put a hole in a big watermelon a couple of days before, let a fifth of juice run out, replace lost juice with a fifth of Crown. Put in refrigerator until picnic.

  • MekongDelta69

    Personally, I like my oreos with that good ol’ down home ‘chick’n wangs flava.’

    Btw – anybody see Giant Head (O’Reilly – aka “The Head From Where All Knowledge Springs” (or so he thinks)) last night? Juliet Huddy and he were talking about all the ‘despicable’ and ‘racist’ comments left by ‘cowards’ under the Cheerios miscegenation You Tube commercial.

    I’m waiting for them to give up their jobs to one of the ‘oppressed.’ In the meantime, I’ll go cure cancer, b/c that’s how long I’ll be waiting.

    • The__Bobster

      So the people who closed the YouTube comments section weren’t “cowards”?

      As for me, I’m still openly placing containers of fruit punch in front of the Cheerios displays.

    • Bo_Sears

      But O’Reilly endorsed the use of “redneck” to demean young diverse white Americans on May 6….all the way down to the elementary school level.

      • Sick of it

        O’Reilly’s a liberal elitist pretending he’s not a liberal elitist.

        • mobilebay

          … and he’s always right. He’ll be the first to tell you too. Don’t disagree or the veins will bulge, the face will turn purple and you’ll have to bow and back out of his presence with head lowered. I’m waiting for one of his collegues to finally say. “O’Reilly, why did you invite me if you only want to interrupt me? I’m leaving!” They’ve probably been ordered to pacify him. Why don’t they give him a format that he can do an hour-long monologue? He loves the sound of his own voice. He’s a bully!

  • bigone4u

    A colleague of mine at the university was disciplined for racism for bringing a black bottom pie to work. A black secretary complained about the racist food he had put out for everyone to sample in the lunchroom. Our faculty committee found him innocent, but the administration ignored our verdict and piled on, charging him with even more things and doling out a salary freeze or whatever as punishment.

    PS My former employer is according to the Forbes rankings just about the worst university in the USA. This is what happens when Hispanics are in charge.

    • The__Bobster

      If you think it’s bad now, just wait.

    • MekongDelta69

      My former employer is according to the Forbes rankings just about the worst university in the USA.

      ALL universities qualify for that position these days.

    • The Final Solution

      That colleague of yours better get a lawyer – I don’t think there’s any way he could lose a case like that.

      • bigone4u

        The courts have not been friendly to professors charged with wrongdoing. As long as you get a hearing, the courts don’t care how the hearing members decide. The lawyers cost more than they’re worth most of the time. I should know since I have experience in this area. It’s all moot in his case anyway since he died young several years afterward.

      • Greg Thomas

        You don’t think there’s any way he could lose a case like this. I have news for you, Whites ALWAYS lose when accused by diversity of “racism.” The doctrine of multiculturalism ( which means no Whites allowed) prevails in these matters. Haven’t you been paying attention?

        • The Final Solution

          you being smart? i’m not paranoid like you – there is no way he could lose because the university has no grounds whatsoever. a professor can afford to hire a competent lawyer, but it sounds like this coward didn’t even try to fight. assuming that the story is true and no key facts were left out, it’s definitely illegal to suspend someone’s pay for bringing a pie to work. it’s not illegal anywhere to bring a pie to work. they have no case – he does. it’s basic law – do you understand that?

  • The__Bobster

    Hodent (Can I Buy A vowel?) Kotb tried one this morning and acted like she didn’t like it. I wonder.

  • The__Bobster

    Oh, poor Treeboon. He got snuffed before he could dunk one of these suckers in his waddymelon-flavored iced tea.

    • Alexandra1973

      The stuff that, mixed with Skittles, was supposed to make some drug? Someone posted about that in the comments for another AmRen article.

      • OlderWoman

        I believe it was Jolly Roger candy mixed with codeine to make ‘Purple Drank’.

        • dukem1

          skittles and watermelon arizona iced tea…mix with cough syrup – codeines ok but I think some kind of romilar will do the trick…Trayvon had the recipe online before his true life story went down the memory hole.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Purple Lean, or Lean, is an intoxicating beverage also known by the nameslean, sizzurp, and liquid codeine. It is commonly abused by southern rappers and wannabe suburban teenagers. It is a mixture of Promethazine/Codeine cough syrup and sprite, or other beverage [such as Arizona Watermelon] with a few jolly ranchers and/or skittles thrown in.

        Lean slows you down. It makes you feel good. It’s meant to be sipped on, and it taste damn good. One of the best feelings you will ever experience. Euphoria with a hint of sedation. …

        Lean is also the drug mixture that killed Pimp C. nigga pimp c died on an overdose of lean.

    • sbuffalonative

      It’s funny how they avoid referring to the ice tea as watermelon favored.

  • BernieGoetzFan

    I actually had a few black friends in high school. This was in the 80s and we used to joke about things like this.
    Whenever I hear someone say how “racist” America used to be, I think of the fact that race relations were better when I was young. There is no point in racial dialogue today – or even racial humor if it comes from whites – as whites are the scapegoats for everything and blacks – no matter how racist – can do no wrong.

    • Erasmus

      Oh, yeah, they were better. Much, much better.

  • OhWow

    I’m not outraged when people say “Of course you like pizza and chicken parmigiana…you’re Italian!”. I laugh and dig in.

    • IstvanIN

      My family is starting a campaign to get paprika Oreos!

      • Paprika and bacon and cheese, to be heated in a microwave oven. I love Magyar cooking.

        • IstvanIN

          Don’t forget the sour cream!

          • And chives or green onions.

          • Irishgirl

            Stop it, you’re making me hungry!

          • I can do better than that:

            Ground chuck soaked in 50-50 Worcestershire sauce and mild green Tabasco for a week and then cooked on a hibachi using two-to-one charcoal briquettes and pine cones. Toasted buns with blue cheese dressing, DiJon mustard, and home-grown tomatoes and lettuce, with sliced portabella mushrooms fried in olive oil.

            Another one:

            A roasted and split spicy Italian sausage in a French roll with fried onions, lettuce, a fried egg and chile con carne under the bun. With homebrewed apple-lime cider.

          • Irishgirl

            I have two questions: where exactly do you live, and what time is dinner?:)

          • Colorado Springs, Colorado. Take the Woodmen exit from I-25 at the 150 mile marker and head east almost all the way to the Diamond Shamrock near Union St. The first left before then is La Madrina. The next immediate left, heading east again is Hatch. We’re at 2563 Hatch.

            We just ate; gazpacho and RLT sandwiches (rabbit, lettuce and tomato).

            I took up cooking in a serious fashion because I was once locked up in a place where I could’t choose what I had for lunch or dinner. It’s a wonder now I’m not fat.

            My first job after my release was with the first people who would hire me, and that was at Subway, so I made sandwiches from 10:00 to 16:00 almost every day. I’m still really good at it.

          • You’re a brave one putting so much personal information about yourself on AR.

            I looked it up on GSV. Apartment or condo?

            I also glanced around the neighborhood on GSV. The mountains to the west really give Colo. Springs some visual character.

            I would also imagine it gets loud where you live from time to time, being so close to the Air Force Academy.

          • I’m not brave. I know that if I ever go back to prison, it will be for murder, probably a law-enforcement officer. Like I’ve often said, one can not rationally be afraid of a certainty. Death? I have an understanding of mortality and I completely accept it. Even if I were immortal, I would eventually be stricken down by accident.

            It’s townhomes. The difference between a townhouse and a condo is that with condominiums, the land is owned rather than leased.

            I’m not brave. Back in the day, I was a coward, and I fanatically hate myself for being one, so I’m not anymore.

        • TheAntidote

          Oh, yeah. That’s good stuff. Chicken paprikash, goulash, stuffed peppers.

    • Alexandra1973

      My husband loves pasta and he’s Irish and German, figure that out.

  • IstvanIN

    I love the taste but the seeds annoy me.

    • Alexandra1973

      I like when you can get a container of it at the grocery store, diced and seeds removed, then you can just grab a fork.

  • APaige

    What if coffee flavored crackers were sold? It is not like the cookies are called N*****s.

  • Spartacus

    Is there anything these retards won’t find offensive ?

    • Erasmus

      Until the Watermelon flavored Oreos became featured items at Church’s, Popeye’s or KFC, the whiners just should have kept their cakeholes closed.

      BTW, a glass of milk goes really well with regular oreos. But what will they wash these down with? Malt Liquor?

      • IstvanIN

        Purple drank. sho am goot.

      • dukem1

        No cookies and milk for anyone, ever again. It’s prejudiced towards the lactose intolerant.

  • OlderWoman

    Yuck! Sounds terrible. Only sugar freaks would like them.

  • Chicken in a Biskit and Watermelon Oreos. Now dat be a picnik. Who makin da Koo-Aid?

    • I haven’t seen them in decades.

    • IstvanIN

      Picnic is a racist term. The union at work a couple of years ago had a fit over the term. Had to change the name of the summer event.

      • The building I used to work in has a summer Barbeque for tenants. The band that played last year was all five blacks and one white person.
        The few black women that worked in the building all dressed up for the event in almost Friday-night-at-da-club wear and did their mating dance for the band members.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      I am offended every time I see these crackers on store shelves!!

      I want my reparations for putting up with blacks!!


  • Puggg

    Seriously. We needed another foodstuff made of high fructose corn syrup like we needed a hole in our head.

    • What would make them even better is if they were battered and deep fried in trans fats and made of high fructose corn syrup.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Some are saying the new flavor opens up jokes or insults that could veer into racism

    Oh, the horror!!

    I can no longer keep up– Everything is either racist or causes cancer!!

    Looks like it’s the WHITE oreo that gets the watermelon stuffing, not the BLACK Oreo — watermelons represent environmental extremists, losers who are green on the outside but commie red to the core.

    A watermelon oreo sounds disgusting– but maybe if it were dunked in Colt .45…

    • Everybody knows you dip your watermelon Oreos in Purple Drank or Purple Kool-Aid.

    • Greg Thomas

      Yeah, imagine a watermelon cookie “veering” into racism. The diversity bastards are evil people.

  • Greg Thomas

    I black militant racist. That’s what he is.

  • Sick of it

    Don’t go hating on manga or anime…there’s so little entertainment left in the world outside of Japan.

    • Nathanwartooth

      Yeah, I agree. I’m not so much into manga and anime, although I have read and watched my fair share.

      But I’m really into Japanese video games. Western games have gotten way too easy and focused on some usual stupid story.

      • Sick of it

        Japanese games tend to have better storylines for sure. They basically have taken western culture and used it, in conjunction with their own, to create so many games, shows, manga, clothing styles, etc. that would be impossible to market in the West. We have forgotten who we are and only the Japanese seem to remember.

      • Try “Neverwinter Nights”.

        • Sick of it

          I have…but as a gamer I realize how marginalized games like this are or perhaps, to put it better, how few are released. And the quality can be very poor (like with Atari’s D&D games).

          Game of Thrones is a recent sensation here…people in Japan have loved Berserk for years and years. I know from personal experience that the sword and sorcery crowd is a distinct minority in this country, with things like GoT only recently becoming popularized.

          Not really sure why I have to explain this…even Japanese cosplayers wear medieval clothing in larger numbers than we have people who attend RenFairs in such fashions.

          Just look around you..ask a kid about anything from our past and they will stare at you blankly.

        • Nathanwartooth

          Ahhh, back when games were much better lol

          I played the hell out of all of those D&D games. Baldur’s Gate 1 + 2 are really sweet too.

  • Sick of it

    Kids are entirely too focused on figuring out ways to get high…

  • Sick of it

    Only on white house grounds…

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      There already IS a RACIST garden on the grounds on the White House.

      Look at THIS!!


  • Sick of it

    80% of their work product went back into taking care of them..so yeah.

    I also doubt anyone will ever be honest about the consensual relations between white men and black women either, which is funny considering how many professional black women today tend to gravitate towards white men…

  • Water? I use Colorado Springs tapwater. Of all of the places I have ever lived, Colorado has the best tapwater, and the stuff is free. Some of you probably won’t believe me, but it really is that good.

    • Erasmus

      I also live in a part of the country where the water is pure, cold, delicious and free. Anyone who’d buy bottled water here is an idiot.

    • St. Louis tap is pretty good as well.

  • My fox is red and white, and he likes watermelon.

  • I know a lot more dogs that hate black people more than the pecentage of white people that do.

  • dd121

    Comrades these Nabisco people are haters and are not thinking correct thoughts.

    • Funny you say that, Nabisco makes “Chicken in a Biskit” too.

  • Erasmus

    Watermelon, it’s not just a fruit. It’s a tool of hate and oppression! Down with watermelon!

    (We really are living in a satirist’s gold mine.)

  • Krister Andersson

    Watermelons? Are these people serious? I always thought the PC people in my country were ridiculous but this takes the prize. Happy midsummereve to you all.

  • Romulus

    Only leftist morons could find racism where it doesn’t exist.
    This shouldn’t even be a topic of discussion.
    I love watermelon. Like BUBO said, “Do they own watermelon?!”

  • jane johnson

    Isn’t “Oreo” a slur that black lefties use to describe their conservative brethren? Black on the outside; white on the inside. There are also Golden Oreos with chocolate filling, but I’ve not heard of any white conservatives using them to describe DWLs. Maybe some liberal arts college can start a whole new department based on the social significance of Oreo flavors. It would be about as useful as some of the other crap that passes for knowledge these days.

  • Watermelon cider in the kitchen still foaming and furiously rattling the pressure lock. It’s the color of blood, which it what it’s supposed to do.

    The plant is originally from southern Africa, but chickens weren’t, so we’ll call that an OK trade.