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Summer of the OREO®

Desserts, Food

As OREO® celebrates its 100th birthday this year, there are plenty of places in Tampa Bay to satisfy your OREO® craving and cool off from the summer heat. It seems that everywhere I look I spot a decadent OREO® confection and I thought it would be fun to write about some of my findings in Tampa Bay.

 

Dunkin’ Donuts 

Those who know me know how much I love Dunkin’ Donuts. I am the official “Cinnamon Queen” of South Tampa because of my daily stops for Cinnamon Coffee at the South Tampa location on Gandy.  I can’t say enough about how much I love this store and how wonderful the staff is.  I have been a regular for three years and love to visit my “girls” at the drive-thru every morning.  As always, Dunkin’ Donuts is sure to feature delicious new specials and for a limited time you can get an OREO® donut or an OREO® Coolatta in coffee or vanilla bean. My son Rocco LOVES anything that has to do with an OREO® and ordered the OREO® Crumble Donut last week. I was lucky to get a small bite and let me just tell you….it is über delicious! It is frosted with white icing and topped with OREO® cookie crumble. As my son says, “Yummy in my tummy!” They also offer the OREO® Donut that is filled with buttercreme in addition being frosted in white icing and topped with OREO® cookie crumble.

This past week I tried both the coffee and vanilla bean OREO® Colattas. This is the perfect treat for a hot day in Tampa Bay. Just imagine…..a silky Dunkin’ Donuts frozen coffee drink topped with fresh whipped cream and OREO® cookie crumbles.  Oreo-gasmic!

**photo courtesy of Dunkin' Donuts

 

EATS! American Grill

Located in South Tampa, EATS! American Grill features American classic dishes from across the United States.  EATS!  has two incredible OREO® items that have really put them on the map in Tampa. The first is their signature dessert, the Fried Oreo Sundae. This Midwestern delight consists of vanilla ice cream, Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, deep-fried Oreos, fresh whipped cream and is topped with crushed Oreos and garnished with a cinnamon churro.  Yeah, you need to try this!

**photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

 

Now, this next item I am very proud of, especially since I created it. The Fried Oreo Martini is my tribute to the Fried Oreo Sundae in the form of a decadent cocktail.  I created this martini as an “adult dessert” and it has been an absolute hit.  With Stoli Vanil, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, vanilla ice cream and one other secret ingredient, this sweet concoction is rimmed with crushed Oreo cookies and garnished with a warm, fried Oreo.  Pure bliss! This drink is a must-try in Tampa Bay!

 

 **photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

 

Steak and Shake

Steak and Shake has always been known for delicious hamburgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. I made my first visit to a Steak and Shake when I moved to Tampa and when I feel like splurging, they are always at the top of my list. This summer they are featuring OREO® Ice Cream Sandwiches which are simple and sweet.  If you are craving an OREO® on a hot day, pass by Steak and Shake and try one of these.  My kids love them.

 

 

 

 

 

 **photo courtesy of Steak and Shake

 

The Cheesecake Factory

July 30th is a very special day.  Not only is it my mom’s birthday, it is National Cheesecake Day! Now, this is one food holiday that I get really excited about and I can’t think of a better place to indulge other than The Cheesecake Factory. On July 30th in honor of this sweet holiday, they will be unveiling the OREO® Dream Extreme Cheesecake. Just imagine,  OREO® Cookies baked in their creamy Cheesecake with layers of fudge cake and OREO® Cookie mousse, then topped with a milk chocolate icing.  I know where I will be on July 30th!  They are also offering a special that day, if you dine in you can get any slice half price.  Be sure to visit their web-site for more information.

 

 **photo courtesy of The Cheesecake Factory

 

Happy 100th Birthday OREO®!

 

 

In honor of the 100th birthday of the OREO®, I am giving away a few things to some lucky readers.  I am giving away 2 each of the following:

  • Two gift cards to Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Two Fried Oreo Sundaes at EATS!
  • Two Fried Oreo Martinis at EATS!

To enter, simply fill out the form below and leave a comment about your favorite way to enjoy an OREO®!  I will pick the winners on July 30th!  Good luck!

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