A couple of years ago I did a taste test of chocolate sandwich cookies, looking to find an Oreo-like cookie that had better ingredients than the well-known brand. My kids and their friends chose Newman-O’s as the closest to what they were accustomed to.

I don’t think there is any cookie that could substitute for the latest Oreo flavor – watermelon. The fruit-flavored cookies are available for a limited time exclusively at Target, but make no mistake, these are fruit flavored. There is no watermelon in the cookie.

I found a photo of the ingredients and the nutrition facts on the Junk Food Guy blog. The Oreo website and the Target website don’t have any information about the Watermelon Oreo. Here are the ingredients on the packaging.

Sugar, unbleached enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate {vitamin B1}, riboflavin {vitamin B2}, folic acid), palm and/or canola oil, high fructose corn syrup, cornstarch, salt, baking soda, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, artificial color (red 40 lake, yellow 5 lake, blue 1 lake)
No watermelon. No fruit. Artificial dyes and flavoring. High fructose corn syrup. These are not ingredients that make for something that should be a regular snack.

Your best bet is to skip the watermelon-flavored Oreo cookies (and to the company’s credit, the package does say Watermelon flavor crème) and buy some sweet, juicy real watermelon to snack on. It's a real summer treat.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Not a shocker: Watermelon Oreo cookies don't contain watermelon
The Oreo summer flavor sold exclusively at Target is not a substitute for a serving of fruit.