So Many Oreos


Photo Courtesy of: Hannah Abner

Lily Maki and Hannah Abner

Oreo cookies can predict your personality. Kraft did a study of 2,000 Oreo eaters and it revealed that if you dunk them in milk, you are energetic, adventurous, and social. If you twist them apart, you are emotional, artistic, and trendy. And if you bite them, you are easygoing, self confident, and optimistic. Studies show 84 percent of men bite the Oreo, 41 percent of women twist it apart. Everyone seems to have their preferred method of eating this tasty cookie.

Nabisco released the first Oreos on March 6, 1912, which is now known as National Oreo Day. The first Oreos were sold for 30 cents a pound in a New York bakery and came in two flavors — the original and lemon meringue. Since their release, Oreos have been the top selling cookie .

Today, there are more than 40 known flavors in the U.S. alone and the cookies are available in more than 100 countries worldwide.

The original Oreo cream filling was actually made with lard but today it’s made of sugar, palm and/or canola oil, high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin and artificial flavor.

Where the name Oreo came from is a great mystery. Even Nabisco dosen’t know. Some believe that it came from the French word for gold, “or,”  because that was the original package color. Others think it came from the design of the cookie. O-creamO.

Blueberry pie, waffles and syrup, root beer float, jelly doughnut, and watermelon are just some of the weird and funky flavors Nabisco has to offer. They have also made more predictable ones like mint, lemon, double stuffed, and Reese’s peanut butter cup. Candy cane and gingerbread are released for the winter seasons and candy corn, pumpkin spice, and caramel apple come out in the fall.

Nabisco has flavored some after people’s favorite candies, like Swedish fish, Peeps, and cotton candy. There are some Oreo flavors that take on different desserts all together like key lime pie, strawberry shortcake, brownie batter, cookie dough, filled cupcake, s’mores, banana split, chocolate covered strawberry, berry burst ice cream, and creamsicle.

In other countries there are even more flavors. Green tea, double fruit orange and mango, double fruit raspberry and blueberry, and strawberry and vanilla, are only sold in China. Argentina takes credit for the dulce de leche, and Oreo x3, which was the inspiration for the triple double stuffed. In Indonesia they sell blueberry ice cream, and orange ice cream Oreos.

It takes 59 minutes to make a single Oreo. Each cookie is baked for exactly 290.6 seconds. No more, no less. The cookie to cream ratio is always 71 percent cookie to 29 percent cream! There are exactly 90 ridges on a single cookie.

There are more than 491 billion Oreos sold to date. Last year alone, Oreos bakeries made 123,000 tons of cream. If all the Oreos ever made were stacked up, they would reach the moon and back five times, or wrap around the equator 381 times! That’s a lot of oreos!


Oreo Taste Test!

We decided we needed to hold an Oreo taste test ourselves. We brought the weirdest three Oreo types we could find to the most qualified people we could think of. Our soccer team! We chose apple pie, firework, and red velvet. Seventy percent of the team liked the Firework  — with popping candy in them Oreos better than apple pie and red velvet.  Thirty percent liked the red velvet oreos, and no one really liked the apple pie.

Overall, we were not impressed. The red velvet was strange, and did not taste red velvety. The apple pie did NOT taste like apple pie. And the firework Oreo tasted like a normal oreo except for the candy inside. The popping was very anticlimactic. So if you’re ever at the store, deciding on Oreos, we don’t recommend these ones.

On our own, we tried cookie butter Oreos. We decided that they were the best. They blew the other three out of the water. So if you want to try some different flavors, we recommend cookie butter. But don’t be afraid to stick with the tried and true original flavor!