Tuesday, 17 April 2012


Oreo cookies celebrated their 100th Anniversary on March 6, 2012. It has been around so long that our children are now born with the rudimentary ability to "twist, lick and dunk". Oh yes! When our grandson had his very first Oreo he immediately took it apart and started licking. He couldn't dunk because of the lid on his sippy cup (Yay for the sippy cup!) but as soon as he graduates to a regular glass I know he'll be dunkin'.

Dunking is somewhat of an art. You can get step-by-step directions with pictures here.
There's even a gadget for dipping called the Dipr.

Oreos are actually a knockoff of the Hydrox cookie which was introduced 4 years earlier than the Oreo in 1908. It's said that the Hydrox cookie had a 'tangier, less sweet filling and crunchier cookie" which stood up well to dunking. Unfortunately, the general impression was that they were the knockoff of the Oreo.

The Oreo name has changed several times over the years. When it was introduced in 1912 it was called Oreo Biscuit .... then Oreo Sandwich (1921), Oreo Creme Sandwich (1948) and Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookie in 1974.

The formula has changed, too. In the mid 90's the lard was replaced with trans fat which in turn was replaced with non-hydrogenated vegetable oil in 2006. Apparently in Canada, coconut oil is used. I can't verify this 'cause I don't have any Oreos in the house right now. (for shame!)