What it tastes like
Smell is an important factor in our enjoyment of food -- along with whether or not people look at our Instagrams of it -- and this Oreo lost a ton of points straight out of the gate. The smell was overpowering, and not in a good way; instead, it was like I accidentally spilled a bottle of cherry Benadryl on my kitchen counter.
Taking a bite of the cookie, the Swedish Fish flavor wasn't front and center. I only got chocolate in the finish. And if I thought it smelled like cough syrup in my kitchen a minute ago, after I ate a cookie, I couldn't get the cough syrup taste out of my mouth. On the plus side, it reminded me of that fantastic Young the Giant song "Cough Syrup."
Oreo Swedish Fish vs. actual Swedish Fish
If you're saying to yourself, "This guy is a hater who hates Swedish Fish, and therefore that's why he hates this cookie," well, I've got news for you, my fake friend: I don't hate the fish, and to prove it I bought a bag to compare to the cookie counterparts.
The cough syrup flavors are not present in Swedish Fish -- it's like eating a mellow, fruit-flavored gummy bear that looks like a fish. It's a taste and sensory experience that makes you want to eat them slowly while watching a crappy superhero movie. The Oreo cookie does not deliver on the Swedish-Fish promise, and they'd be super-annoying to eat at the movies. So many crumbs!