Oreo Cookies

Oreo Cookies

Cookies come. Cookies go. Oreos stay.

Introduced for the first time in 1912 by Nabisco’s John Unger, the little cookie featuring a sweet cream center sandwiched between two chocolate wafers was given the Greek name Oreo, meaning “hill,” for its mound-like shape. But what started as a hill became nothing short of a mountain.

In appearance, it’s nothing all that special. A textured cookie made from basic cake dough, high fructose corn syrup, Dutch cocoa, and pure chocolate liquor. But in nearly one hundred years, an estimated three hundred and sixty-two billion Oreo cookies have been sold, making it the best-selling – if not most beloved – cookie of the twentieth century.

When not eaten by themselves, they can often be found adding mojo to a vanilla milkshake. The common ice cream flavor Cookies ‘n’ Cream is simply vanilla ice cream with some variation of Oreo cookies crumbled into it. The popular children’s treat known as a “cup o’ dirt” is actually chocolate pudding with crumbled Oreos and gummy worms.

Popular culture holds a particularly endearing place in its heart for the inexplicable magic of Oreos. This love affair has been well documented in film (The Parent Trap [’98], Rounders), television (Friends, Futurama, 7th Heaven, Survivor), and popular music (“Weird Al” Yankovic).

For most people though, Oreo is more than a cookie. It’s a memory. It’s a twist of the wafers and a lick of the “white stuff.” It’s a dunk into a glass of cold milk. It’s a late night snack with dad. It’s brain food for a house full of rowdy kids. It’s the name of the black and white family dog. It’s soul food for friends to share over a chat. It’s an afternoon on the front porch watching the world stroll by. It’s unlike anything else, but somehow just like all of us all at once.

So, how did you prefer your Oreo Cookies back in the day? Have a special memory you would like to share? We’d love to hear all of your recollections of these iconic treats in our comments section below, as we tip our hats to these chocolatey treasures of childhood, here at Retroland

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  1. Gina says:

    I prefer the “white stuff” inside to the cookies outside. I like some of the new flavors they are trying out.

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