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.

Mystery Flavor Peeps 2018 [Review]

Not for human consumption.

Location: at home

Date Played: March 29, 2018

Price: $10.50 for all packages of all 3 flavors

REA Reaction

An octopus crawling away across the seabed

These Mystery Flavor Peeps were vile. The big mystery here isn’t what the flavors are. Rather, it’s why anyone at the Peeps organization saw fit to release these on an unsuspecting public.

Should I eat Mystery Flavor Peeps 2018?

Nope. These Peeps are not worth the money, sugar, or calories.

Who is this for?

  • People who want to prank their friends and family.
  • People who have a horrible Peeps addiction and need to mentally associate them with a terrible memory to break their habit.
  • People who have done something horrible and need to serve penance.

Why eat?

You really shouldn’t.

Story

Our past attempts at tasting mystery flavor snacks have been odd but fun (Oreos & Gummy Bears). When I learned that Peeps had released mystery flavored marshmallow chicks, I thought, “Oh that will be fun. How badly could someone screw up sugar-coated marshmallow?”

Mystery Flavor Peeps Packaging.

Setting

The product was alluring. Each flavor came in its own brightly colored package with the cute white chicks peeping out through transparent cellophane.

While there were three different flavors, all of the Peeps were white. The coloration offered no clues.

An open carton of 5 white Mystery Flavor Peeps.

Gameplay

Ya open them. Ya eat them. And then ya look at the anguish and confusion in the eyes of your tasting companions and either agree or debate what exactly it is that you’re tasting.

The final stage of gameplay is pondering what you did to deserve this punishment.

Analysis

+ The Mystery Flavor Peeps contained no artificial dyes. Cool?

— The taste is terrible.

— The flavors really stick with you.

Flavor Guesses (Spoiler)

Mystery 1: Liquorish-ish.

Mystery 2: I don’t know. It started off kind-of-sort-of lemony, but then it had kind of an herbal thing going on. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Mystery 3: A Peep that wished upon a star to be a real lime. 

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If you’re feeling adventurous or self-loathing, buy a package of Mystery Flavor Peeps 2018.

(If you purchase via our Amazon links, you will help support Room Escape Artist as we will receive a very small percentage of the sale.)

Haribo Gold-Bears Mystery Flavors [Review]

These don’t suck.

Manufacturer: Haribou

Team size: A 4-ounce package contains 54 bears. Recommended team size… depends on how much you like gummy bears.

Story & setting

Haribo has 5 mystery flavors in their limited edition Gold-Bears Mystery Flavors package.

We love food and we love mysteries… so for better or worse, we’re doing this.

Haribo mystery flavors packaging. A bear holding a big question mark.

Could we guess the flavors for the following 5 bears: yellow, blue, pink, red, and orange?

With each correct guess, we were entered to win a mystery box of HARIBO® swag and treats. The more correct guesses, the more contest entries. And with stakes like that, who could possibly say no to this challenge?

The packaging and bears looked pretty normal.

Puzzles

The mystery bears looks like regular gummy bears, but in slightly different colors. They had the same feel and consistency. The puzzle was in the flavor.

There was an extra puzzle to tell the difference between the yellow and orange bears.

The 5 colors of gummy bears laid out. The orange and yellow bears are very similar.

Standouts

There are 5 mystery flavors in one package. It’s a fun group solving activity.

If you like gummy bears, you’re going to like these. While these aren’t typical gummy candy flavors, they aren’t the types of flavors that you’d want to keep far from gummy candy.

Once you submit your answers on the Haribo website (given multiple choice options), you’ll receive immediate feedback whether you guessed correctly. This isn’t a brain buster.

The maroon bears were especially enjoyable.

Shortcomings

The yellow bear and the orange bear look remarkably similar, but are distinct flavors. If you don’t set up your tasting session under a light source, you’ll be at risk of mixing up the colors.

I haven’t seen the prize, but it sounds lame in comparison to the prize for the Limited Edition Mystery Oreos contest.

Should I eat Haribo Gold-Bears Mystery Flavors?

David and I aren’t huge gummy bear fans. Our candy of choice is always chocolate. However, friends who like gummy bears think that these are pretty delicious.

Back in 2013, I made a gummy bear birthday cake. I dissolved the gummy bears and turned them into frosting. I added gummy bear flavors into the cake batter. This cake was overwhelmingly one flavor. It was a huge hit with the birthday girl, but to me, it just tasted like artificial lime. This is all to say that more variety is a good thing.

I commend Haribo for making palatable and guessable mystery flavors. We didn’t love them all, but they worked.

It’s pretty fun mystery game for a small group and it provides immediate feedback.

If you’re a gummy bear fan, or you can’t resist a mystery, order yourself a package of Haribo Gold-Bears Mystery Flavors.

(If you purchase via our Amazon links, you will help support Room Escape Artist as we will receive a very small percentage of the sale.)

Limited Edition Mystery Oreos [Review]

You had me at the word “mystery.”

Manufacturer: Nabisco

Team size: A 15.25 ounce package contains 30 cookies. Recommended team size is 30 people.

Story & setup

Nabisco, the maker of Oreo cookies, has a mystery for us to solve:

What flavor cream have they snuck into these seemingly normal Oreos?

White packaging for Mystery Oreo cookies. There is an opened Oreo with a question mark engraved in the cream.

Between now and 11:59pm on November 30, 2017, those who take on the taste testing mystery can submit their flavor guess for a chance to win $50,000.

Aesthetically, the packaging looked slick and the cookies looked completely normal.

Puzzles

The Oreo chocolate cookies remained the same. The puzzle was determining the flavor of the cream.

3 mystery Oreos laid on a black and white plate. One of the Oreos has been twisted open.

Standouts

The packaging was quite fetching.

The concept was fun.

As far as store-bought cookies are concerned, the Oreo chocolate cookies are a solid base to work with.

Shortcomings

More than any other package of Oreos that I’ve ever opened, the scent that wafted from these cookies was obscenely sugary. It smelled like diabetes.

That cream was a shadow of a regular Oreo’s glory. It was fine when consumed with the cookie, but on its own… yuck. Its well documented that eating the cream first is the correct way to Oreo.

Should I eat Nabisco’s Limited Edition Mystery Oreos?

The big question remains: what did it taste like? So, it’s spoiler time.

Spoiler: What did it taste like?

Faux-citrus-y. I thought it tasted like extra sweet Fruity Pebbles. Lisa’s vote was for orange flavored Flintstones vitamins. So… the flavor is basically “sugary citrus childhood.” Yes. That’s absolutely the answer that’s gonna win $50,000.

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This Oreo was not my cup of sugar.

I loved the concept; a flavor mystery was a great idea.

I loved the packaging design; it just looked enticing. Who can say no to a question mark engraved in Oreo cream?

However, It didn’t come together. This was like an escape room with a great setup, a beautiful set, and lackluster gameplay.

Personally, I was hoping for candied bacon.

If this sounds like your kind of treat, or like me, you just can’t resist a mystery, no matter how minor… give the Limited Edition Mystery Oreos a shot while you can.

(If you purchase via our Amazon links, you will help support Room Escape Artist as we will receive a very small percentage of the sale.)