Trolli Sour Brite Mystery Night Crawlers [Review]

Wiggly, wormy, tasty mystery

Location:  at home

Date Played: December 10, 2020

Team size: Do you want to share?

Price: about $6

REA Reaction

This is how I like my mystery flavor products:

  • A variety of flavors
  • Most of them good
  • No BS contests with pages of legalese and crazy entry processes
Packaging torn open, worms pouring out.

Trolli Sour Brite Mystery Night Crawlers were a fun collection of flavors that really highlighted how much artificial coloring and flavoring go hand in hand in normal sugary treats. When you bite into 3 different white treats and they each return different flavors that are typically associated with other colors, it’s a surprisingly weird sensation.

If you’re looking to play the Mystery Flavor Game, this is a fantastic option. Frequently mystery flavor products make me feel like I am being punished for past sins, but I can comfortably say that Trolli Sour Brite Mystery Night Crawlers came regret-free.

Who is this for?

  • Sweet & sour gummy fans
  • Mystery food junkies

Why play?

  • They’re tart
  • They taste pretty good
  • Mysteries are fun
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Mystery Oreo – 2019 [Review]

Mystery Flavor Oreos II: The Stuffing Strikes Back

Location:  at home

Date Played: September 17, 2019

Price: $10.50 online

Publisher: Nabisco

REA Reaction

They’re back… The flavor mystery that got us into reviewing flavor mysteries has returned! This year’s mystery is more enjoyable.

The bright white Mystery Oreo packaging with a question mark dotted with an oreo.

By more enjoyable, I don’t mean amazing. I mean, they’re edible and we might make it through the entire package… instead of pranking our friends with them like we did back in 2017.

This time around I’m feeling confident that I know what the flavor is – and you can find that hidden behind a spoiler box down in the “Analysis” section.

I’m comfortable recommending these Oreos as a mystery flavor worth exploring. They’re weird. I wouldn’t buy them regularly. But dammit… it’s interesting and baffling that Oreo manages to make the cream white.

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Who is this for?

  • Adventurous Oreo lovers
  • Mystery flavor detectives

Why play?

  • The flavor is interesting and kind of good

Story & Setup

The folks at Nabisco have decided once again to sell us a new Oreo flavor mystery.

Back in 2017, they ran a Mystery Flavor Oreo… and, oh boy, did we hate that one. The good news is: this year’s mystery tastes way better.

Closeup of lines of oreos in the packaging.

From now through November 10, 2019, anyone can submit a guess and enter for a chance to win $50,000.

Setup

Once again, the Oreos look just like regular Oreos. The coloration of the white cream gave nothing away (which is kind of a creepy miracle of science in its own right.)

Closeup of a whole oreo on a plate.

The packaging was also elegant and eye-catching. Having bought ours off the shelf at our local grocery store, that packaging jumps right off the shelf.

Gameplay

Things are pretty simple. You eat the cookie and guess the flavor.

If you want to get fancy, twist open the cookie and guess the flavor (which kind of helps because the cream is the mystery.) The chocolate cookie part was traditional.

Closeup of a half eaten oreo on a plate.

Analysis

➕ The cookie didn’t suck and it evoked a strong sense of nostalgia. That nostalgia wasn’t for Oreos, but for a different Nabisco product line.

➖ These Mystery Flavor Oreos were entirely too sweet for us to have more than a cookie or two.

Spoiler: What did it taste like?

Graham cracker and cinnamon. More specifically… I’m betting on Cinnamon Teddy Grahams.

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➕ Mystery OREO’s website has started posting hints. The only hint currently visible is super cryptic… but if my flavor guess is correct, then I think that I get it. Kind of. Maybe? I’m still happy to see anything resembling hints.

➕ Once again, the packaging was lovely. The agency and brand managers behind this product line have good aesthetic taste. It’s tough to design bold packaging that doesn’t look like it was designed by a 5-year-old who just got an extra big box of crayons with all of the colors!

Buy your copy of Nabisco’s 2019 Mystery OREO, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

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Pringles Mystery Flavor [Review]

Once you pop… the fine print mysteries don’t stop!

Location:  at home

Date Played: July 26, 2019

Team size: Do you want to share?

REA Reaction

Wow. That didn’t suck. Pringles bucked the trend and delivered an edible Mystery Flavor product… instead of some lab accident that they could never sell with proper labeling. (The people behind Peeps are monsters).

I’m a Pringles fan. I enjoy the texture. I’m fond of the flavor. I love the tube and stackability. I think it appeals to my sense of order.

The Pringles logo on the Mystery Flavor Pringles tube.

Is this Mystery Flavor better than the original? Probably not.

Is this Mystery Flavor superior to Sour Cream & Onion Pringles? Hell no… but what is?

However… the flavor isn’t the real mystery. Instead, it’s the bewildering rules of the contest. The rules clearly state “No purchase necessary…” but you cannot submit a flavor guess without an image of your ^&*$!@# receipt!

The top of the Mystery Flavor Pringles tube. The $10,000 prize is highlighted.

It takes digging into the rules to learn that without a receipt, you have to mail in a 3” x 5” piece of paper containing a bunch of information… which is what we’d have to do to enter the contest, since a lovely reader sent us this product as a gift.

Anyway, the Mystery Flavor Pringles were good, but the contest itself was a laborious waste of time.

Who is this for?

  • Pringles fans
  • Mystery food junkies
  • Lawyers

Why play?

  • The food’s pretty good.

Gameplay

To begin, you’ll have to acquire a tube of Mystery Flavor Pringles, only available at Walgreens.

Next you’ll want to check for the flavor seal. You can’t have any of that mystery escaping the tube.

The sealed top of the Mystery Flavor Pringles tube. The words, "Look for the flavor seal" are centered in frame.

Your next step is to pop the top. Finally you can indulge in the mysterious flavor.

One whole, unbroken mystery flavor Pringle resting on a bed of broken chips. The chips have an orangey appearance.

The last step is submitting your flavor guess for a chance to win $10,000 — or in my case, you can spend a few minutes reading a rules PDF before abandoning the contest because it’s structured for administrative ease, not user need.

Analysis

➕ These Pringles actually tasted good. We’re going to finish that tube off and we won’t even trick our friends into eating them.

Spoiler: What did it taste like?

It had a sort of barbecue cheese thing going on. It was very cheesy and smelled most strongly of cheese. There was a bit of paprika in there. I think it was a queso or nacho. If I’m being precise, I think the flavor was “cheap stadium nacho.” I’m confident that if you guess that, it will earn you $10,000 in the contest.

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➕ The gold packaging featured a cryptex-like design spelling out the word “MYSTERY” really spoke to me.

The gold Mystery Flavor Pringles tube with a cryptex-like graphic that reads "MYSTERY."

➕ I really respected the decision makers over at Pringles who resisted the urge to force the graphic designers to make the logo bigger.

➖ I’m not sure what’s going on with the weird repeating pattern down at bottom of the tube. That was a great opportunity to embed a cipher or puzzle… or do nothing. Nothing would have looked better.

➖ The contest website was mediocre and submitting to it was a pain. This begs the question: why would Pringles do something to build goodwill with its customers – like run a contest – only to make the whole process so arduous that it leaves those customers with a bad impression of the brand?

The Pringle Tasting Hot Take

As a thank you to our Patreon supporters for helping us reach our early goals, we recorded our Mystery Pringle tasting for them. Each month we share a hot take on Patreon. It might be a reaction to an escape room just as we finish playing it. It might be a reaction to something more unusual. Join our Patreon backers for more exclusive content!

Tips For Playing

  • Mystery Flavor Pringles are only available at Walgreens.
  • You must submit your flavor guesses by July 30, 2019, to be eligible to win.

Thank you to Rex Millar for sending us our tube of Mystery Flavor Pringles.

LOL Surprise – Mystery Flavor Candy Cane [Review]

A Christmas miracle!

Location:  at home

Date Played: December 23, 2018

Price: $6

REA Reaction

Surprise! I finally found a mystery flavor candy that was more than vaguely edible.

I can’t see myself buying it again because it’s not really my type of candy (too corn syrupy), but it was legitimately enjoyable.

(Lisa disagrees that it was at all enjoyable, but that’s not really the product’s fault. For more on this difference of opinions, see the spoiler box below.)

If you like candy canes and sucking candy, this is a good option. It comes also with totes adorb stickers, if that’s your sort of thing.

If I’m going to be honest, however, these mystery products are more fun when they are terrible.

LOL Surprise Mystery Candy packaging depicting the candy cane and cute stickers.

Who is this for?

  • People with a sweet tooth
  • Kawaii aficionados

Why eat?

It actually tasted good.

Story

I haven’t the slightest clue what the story is behind this product.

Apparently the characters are from L.O.L. Surprise. I don’t really know what that is and I wasn’t moved to do further research.

LOL Surprise Mystery Candy candy cane and cute stickers.

Setup

The oversized pink and blue candy cane measured 7 inches in length and 2/3 of an inch in diameter.

The product came packaged within pink and blue packaging with a cute, big-eyed cartoon girl on its face. Within were 4 stickers of similar L.O.L. Surprise characters.

Gameplay

It’s a candy cane; you suck on it… or bite it, if you have no patience.

Then you guess the flavor.

Analysis

➕ This actually tasted like candy… and not punishment. By default it was the best mystery flavor product that we’ve consumed to date.

Flavor Guess (Spoiler)

🍌 I think its supposed to be banana. That said, the corn syrup is strong with this one. Lisa hates all banana-flavored candies. She confirmed that the flavor was absolutely banana… which, for her, rendered this product absolutely inedible. Thus the difference of opinion in this review. 

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➕ The stickers looked cute.

➖ The backing on the stickers was pretty mediocre.

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7-Eleven Mystery Monkeys [Review]

See no evil, hear no evil, taste no evil.

Location: at home

Date Played: June 24, 2018

Price: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

REA Reaction

We had a bag of 7-Eleven’s mystery-flavored monkey gummies at the Escape, Immerse, Explore: New Orleans tour… so a few of us tasted them, for science.

The three flavors ranged from joylessly benign to gross.

Close up of the "see no evil hear no evil speak no evil monkeys" gummi monkeys.

Who is this for?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Why play?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Story

7-Eleven issued a package of red, green, and blue gummies in the shape of  “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil monkeys.”

The packaging teed it up as a flavor mystery… so we attempted to solve it.

The package of 7-11 Mystery Monkeys gummi candies featuring "see no evil hear no evil speak no evil monkeys."

Setup

The packaging was bland and the monkeys’ colors slightly washed out. Many of them had a distorted shape.

Gameplay

This was a straight flavor mystery without a contest or an obvious means of learning the “correct flavor.”

Analysis

+ When the monkeys weren’t mangled, they were kind of cute. The “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil monkeys” aesthetic was charming.

– There’s no reason to put these in your mouth. The flavors ranged from neutral to gross.

Spoiler - Flavors

Our group’s consensus on the flavors:

Green – Purgatory (had essentially no flavor at all)

Blue – Blue Gatorade? (some kind of enjoyed, most hated)

Red – Child’s Robitussin (universally reviled)

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Thank you to Drew Nelson for carrying these gummies to New Orleans just so we could have another mystery.