When Oreo’s “My Cookie Creation” contest started last May, Taylor Young of Colorado suggested the newest flavor should be Cherry Cola. Her idea was acknowledged in a package Mondelez International, the company that owns Oreo, sent her in June 2017, which included a two-pack sample of her Cherry Cola-flavored Oreos and a note thanking her for her idea.
But in December, when Young saw that Cherry Cola Oreos were going to be produced, she reached out to the company and said her cookie won, but they didn’t see it that way. She says Oreo claimed the Cherry Cola flavor was already in the works before she suggested them.
Now a rep from Mondelez explains that multiple people entered the same flavor, so they based their choice on more than just the suggestion, taking the entry’s creativity into account as well. The company says it sent more than 300 samples to fans who submitted flavors, but those were separate from the finalist selection and just meant to surprise and thank them for entering.
Young has since shared on Twitter that a recent press release identifies the finalists and lists an Eden F of California as the one who suggested Cherry Cola. So Eden F., along with the other finalists will win the $25,000 prize from Oreo, not Young.