Today, March 6, is the 100th anniversary of the Oreo cookie, now sold in 100 countries throughout the world. You can celebrate at the Nabisco page, read about it at The New York Times, and get a coupon for a free Dairy Queen Oreo Blizzard. The first version of these cream-filled chocolate cookies rolled off the factory line on March 6, 1912, at the Nabisco factory in New York City (Nabisco is now part of Kraft Foods). On that very day, the doomed Scott expedition was slogging towards its tragic demise in Antarctica.
I happen to love these cookies (biscuits to you Brits), though I almost never buy them.
Fun Oreo facts:
- Half the people who eat them separate the cookies and eat the cream filling separately (I am not one of these miscreants)
- 491 billion Oreos have been sold in the century since their introduction
- Oreos are the best-selling cookie of the 20th century
- According to Wikipedia, “The Oreo was originally called the Oreo Biscuit. The name was later changed to the Oreo Sandwich in 1921. In 1948, the name was changed again to the Oreo Creme Sandwich. It was then changed to the Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookie in 1974.”
- We have no idea where the name “Oreo” came from
- Oreos are the best-selling cookie in China, which is the second largest national market after the U.S.
- And. . . much to my chagrin, other countries have cool Oreo flavors unavailable in the US. Here are some:
Orange and mango flavor from China:
Treat yourself to a package today—eschewing the grotesquely overladen “Double Stuf®” version—and don’t forget the milk.
BTW, black and white cats are sometimes called “oreo cats” and are often named Oreo.