Are you truly an American if you didn’t grow up munching on the cream-filled delights that are Oreos? I think not. The chocolate sandwich biscuits have been a staple in American homes (and beyond) since they were first introduced to the public in 1912, and whether you prefer dunking them in milk, scraping out the insides, or just eating them whole, one thing is for sure: they’re not going anywhere.
In fact, Oreos have been incredibly popular since they were introduced, over a hundred years ago. As such, I thought it would be a good idea to learn more about the the sweet treats, given that we’ve all consumed way too many of them, at one point or the other…
1. The origin behind the name “Oreo” remains unknown
While one Oreo executive claims that the name mimics the shape of the cookie, others have asserted that the “re” is derived from the word “cream”, but either way, no one knows for sure.
2. Oreos were originally a knock-off
Though we’re probably unfamiliar with the name Hydrox, they were actually the original Oreo. Hydrox debuted in 1908, four years before the near-identical Oreo, in 1912.
3. Double Stuffed Oreos may also be a rip-off
I don’t know about you, but I felt rather cheated when I learned that Double Stuffed Oreos are only 1.86 times more stuffed than the regular Oreos…
4. There was once an Oreo-flavored cereal
The cereal hit grocery stores in 1998, and was discontinued in 2007. However, if you’re anxious to get your hands on a pack, you could always hop over to South Korea, where it’s still produced to this day.
5. Pigs apparently hate Mint-flavored Oreos
We have the ice-cream gods at Ben & Jerry’s to thank for this piece of trivia. When the company started giving its milky water waste to pig farmers back in 1985, the farmer apparently alleged that his piglets loved every single flavour except for Mint-flavored Oreo cookies.
6. Oreos are seriously beloved on Facebook
As of now, Oreo has over 42 million Facebook followers. This is an eye-watering 29 million more than The New York Times, which has 13 million.
7. This was the first crazy flavor that Oreo released…
It is, of course, the birthday cake flavor, which was released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Oreo.
8. Oreos are literally everywhere
In fact, they’re available in 100 countries, including Japan, Argentina, Indonesia and China.
9. One of the first original flavors was lemon meringue
While this may be a rather strange choice, it was quickly discontinued in the early 1920s, so it was probably not a popular choice.
10. How you eat an Oreo might say something about your personality
In 2004, Kraft Foods quizzed 2,000 Oreo consumers, and found that people who dunk their cookies tend to be “energetic, adventurous and social”, while twisters were “sensitive, emotional, artistic and trendy”. Biters, on the other hand, were said to be “easy-going, self-confident and optimistic”.
Well, there you have it – the humble Oreo has a rather rich, and surprising past. Who would have known, eh?