Before Oreo became the world’s best-selling cookie, the creme-filled chocolate sandwich had a rival: Hydrox.
The cookie equivalent to Coke vs. Pepsi ended after Kellogg discontinued Hydrox in 2003. But Hydrox, which has a cult-like following, is back for a limited time. When the Seattle Times wrote about it last month, we received more than 30 emails and calls, some waxing nostalgic but many frustrated they couldn’t find Hydrox in their local stores.
One problem may be that some Hydrox fans have been cleaning out the grocery shelves. On many online-message boards, Hydrox fans have discussed buying all the cookies before they get pulled from shelves again. Some plan to sell them on eBay.
Pssst. Safeway is your best bet. Many Safeway branches, especially the big ones, carry Hydrox, including Seattle branches in upper Queen Anne, University Village, Ballard, Greenwood, Holly Park and Rainier Valley.