We had the party and it was a huge success. A party of 13-year-olds is sure a lot different than 8-year-olds. All we had to do was provide food and leave the room and not saying anything embarrassing. (!?) I was told later I had only made one infraction, which I think is pretty good.
But the game! We did come back in for the game. So, we didn't do it exactly like the Oreo Challenge that it was inspired by. We gave everyone a paper bag and had them write their name on it. Then had everyone close their eyes, taste the Oreo and then say out loud what they thought it was. This was all the kids doing it at the same time. Then they opened their eyes and I announced the flavor. They marked a line on their bag to keep score. It was the honor system. If they didn't like the cookie, there was a bowl in the middle they could toss it in, and if they did like it, they could finish it, but I advised them to just put it in their bag to save, because they had to taste 14 different ones. There was a tie for second, and I am embarrassed to say that first place went to my birthday girl, and second place was a run off, and went to my youngest. They got 11 and 10 right out of 14! I swear they had never had most of these before.
To make it easier, I quickly read a list of all the flavors to the kids right before we started, but I think I should have NOT done that, because they memorized the list and were able to guess a lot. There was some very funny strategies that developed quickly—namely, tasting the filling first, and going by the smell more than the taste. They were able to tell the Halloween ones (which have no different flavor than the normal ones, just a bright orange filling) because it tasted "like orange dye." Cracked me up.
I was a stickler for details, Peanut Butter, was different than Reese's (there were both). And I made them guess the filling color. The most reviled was the Banana, which freaked them out so much they were convinced some were Banana when they weren't .The Lemon was pretty bad, and so was the Pumpkin Spice. The Mint, Cookies and Cream, and Double Chocolate were the favorite.
There was no cake, but ice cream, which they crumbled Oresos on, and then the rest were divided into their bags and taken home by the kids. Many were too sick and opted to take very few. Understandable.