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Oreo flavor contest winner doesn't get prize

(KMGH via CNN Newsource )

A Colorado woman says she submitted an idea for an Oreo cookie flavor, which the company subsequently used. But she's crying foul because she never got the prize that was promised to her.

Taylor Young of Lone Tree submitted the Cherry Cola idea to Oreo a year ago this month.

Young submitted the idea of cherry cola-flavored Oreo: "shortly after, I got a little box with two cherry cola cookies."

And this note.:

"Dear Taylor, thanks for sending us your idea. We thought it was so delicious, we turned it into this one-of-a-kind creation just for you."

Taylor was on cloud nine. After all, the winning flavor takes home $500,000.

"I, from what I can tell, I was the first person to tweet that idea," she said.

But then the contest went sour. Oreo stopped communicating with her. And then in December, she saw her cookie on store shelves.

"I reached out to them and I said, Ii'm seeing that my cookie won. (laughs),'" she said.

Oreo finally responded, saying cherry cola was already in development so it wasn't her idea, it was their's.

"That's not cool. But if they claim that they already had it in their back pocket, then they don't need to provide prizes to anyone," she said.

We reached out to Oreo and its parent company but got no response. Taylor finds the whole thing disingenuous.

"If there was a kid who had come up with this and their mom and dad submitted it and they saw their cookies on the shelves in them they didn't get it. That's really sad," she said.

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