America’s favorite cookie, the Oreo was first introduced in 1912 by the Nabisco company. Nabisco was the result of a 1898 merger of several baking companies, and by 1902 they introduced their first successful cookie, the “Barnum Animal Cookies” which were marketed in a box that looked like an animal cage, with a string on the box (for hanging on Christmas trees as ornaments.)
The Oreo cookie recipe which includes Dutch cocoa in the chocolate cookies glued together with vanilla crème has not changed since the original 1912 recipe, with over 362 billion sold to date, making it the most popular cookie ever. Only the design on the cookies has been slightly changed through the years.
The Nabisco company is not sure how the cookie got it’s name…some of the Nabisco folks think it may have been by taking the letters “re” from the word “cream” and placing it between the two “os” found in the word “chocolate”.
Oreo lovers fall into 1 of 2 categories:
Twisters – who twist the cookies apart and eat the filling first.
Dunkers – who dunk the cookies in milk to eat them.
Which one are you?