They grow up so fast!
Those crispy little chocolate wafers hugging cushions of delicious, delicious partially hydrogenated soybean oil turn 100 today. What better way to celebrate than to nibble on a few cookies and take in some fascinating Oreos facts?
-The first Oreo cookie was made in 1912 at Nabisco's Chelsea factory in New York City
-While we're on the subject, Nabsico was originally the National Biscuit Company. Get it? Na-Bis-Co?
-The fancy 1920's ad to the left actually touted regular and lemon-filled cookies. The lemon versions were briefly available in the early years, but were phased out.
-If you think we have it good with the peanut butter, mint and chocolate versions, you should feast your eyes on (or just feast on) the internationally available flavors. Think Green Tea Oreos in China and Japan, Dulce de Leche Oreo in South America, or Strawberry in Malaysia and Indonesia. Um, passport please?
-According to Kraft Foods, about 50% of all Oreo eaters twist their cookies apart before eating, and more women do the twist more than men.
-There are a LOT of Oreo lovers. With more than 23 million Facebook fans, Oreo is one of the most popular brands on the site.
-Look closely at the cookie's ornate design. The original Oreos had a simple wreath around the edge, with the name Oreo in the middle. Now, the Nabisco colophon can be found on the cookie too. A colophon is a symbol or mark of a company, and Nabisco's is a circle with a series of crossing lines above it. It's in the logo, but can you find it on the cookie?
-The country that consumes the most Oreos? The US, of course, followed by China and, curiously, Venezuela.
-Oreo's current slogan is "Milk's Favorite Cookie."