When we say black and white milk cookies, Oreo is the first name that comes to mind. In the modern day world, milk cookies are more or less synonymous with Oreo, thanks to its ever-growing market and even more loyal customer base. From a toddler to someone in their 80s, everyone loves Oreo cookies. And what’s not to love? Chocolate and vanilla are a classic combination nailed perfectly by the brand. Eat an Oreo by dunking it in milk or by twisting one side off and licking the cream in the middle, it tastes good any way you eat it. Ever since its introduction in 1912, Oreo cookies are the best selling “Chocolate Sandwich cookies” (as marketed in 1974) in the US, having sold over 450 billion cookies ever since. Read on to find out everything that you need to know about Oreos – Oreo recipes, Oreo history, Oreo flavors and variants, Limited edition Oreos, Oreo nutrition, are Oreos vegan, are Ores gluten-free, and the Oreo Contest!
A little Oreo history lesson first
Nabisco (earlier known as National Biscuit Company) invented and launched Oreo in 1912 in a factory in Manhattan. Today, that very block where the factory is located is known as “Oreo Way.” The first trademark for the name “Oreo” was obtained on March 14, 1912, after which the name changed from “Oreo Biscuit” to “Oreo Sandwich.” Later in 1948, it was changed to “Oreo Crème Sandwich” followed by “Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookie” in 1974.
The actual origin of the name Oreo is unknown but according to the many theories present around it, it comes from the French word “Or” meaning gold. This comes from the fact that the original packaging was golden in color. Others go by the assumption that it has been derived from the Latin Oreodaphne, a genus of the laurel family because of the original design of the cookies which included a laurel wreath.
The design we see today on the cookies was developed by William A. Turnier and the filling was developed by Sam Porcello, Nabisco's main food scientist who retired in 1993. A line of Oreo cookies covered in dark chocolate and white chocolate was also created by him.
Oreo Flavors and Limited Edition Oreos
Oreo has time and again experimented and changed the way cookies were made by launching new variants over the years which were slightly different from the regular vanilla cream between two chocolate wafer biscuits. Not all variants were made available in all countries. Here’s a list of some of the most noticeable variants seen over the years:
Are Oreo Cookies Vegan?
NO! Oreo cookies can be consumed by vegetarians but sadly not by pure vegans. Although milk does not appear on the list of ingredients, the cookies contain milk as cross contact which means that small amount of milk could’ve come in contact with the cookies during their production or the equipment used to produce them which makes it impractical to think that any guarantee would be given that milk hasn’t touched the product during its production.
Are Oreos Gluten Free?
NO! As wheat is one of the ingredients used to make the cookies. However, Oreos are nut-free and can be consumed by people with nut allergies
Limited Edition Oreos
As a promotional run, during the early 2010s, Oreo began to launch various limited edition variants of cookies which had comparatively more exotic flavors. The point to these is that they generally appear in stores only once when they’re launched or might just be made available to selected retailers and are then discontinued but a few of these varieties have resurfaced over the time. Some of the most notable “Limited Edition Oreos” are listed below:
The New Oreo Contest:
Recently in May 2017, Oreo launched a new flavor called “Firework Oreo” which, as defined by the Cosmopolitan magazine, is “an Oreo with Pop Rocks in the creme." It’s made of the regular two chocolate biscuits and crème filling in the middle but the filling has rainbow colored specks in it. It’s crunchier as compared to regular Oreo cookies.
A Few Oreo Recipes:
Experimenting with Oreo cookies is always a good idea and you can barely go wrong with it. Even the simplest of recipes come out to be extremely tasty and are loved by most. Here a few ways in which you can revamp the regular Oreo cookies.
Who doesn’t like a crispy yummy crust with a center surprise of Oreos? Don’t tell the eater what to expect when they take a bite and enjoy the reactions while they last.
Oreo cookies mixed with cream cheese and hidden in a chocolate shell :
This is my personal favorite. It has multiple layers and textures and would compliment a large dinner party, making you a star host.
A little time consuming but the result is worth every minute of it. It’s a must try!
People love Oreo. People love ice cream. This combination of flavors and textures can never go wrong. After all, a little crunch in the ice cream is always welcome.
An easy, no-bake, 2 ingredient recipe!
You love Oreo, we love Oreo, everyone loves Oreo. It's more or less a universal fact. Very rarely would you come across someone who isn’t in love with these cookies that have changed the biscuit market of the 20th century and have made a place for themselves in every modern household. There was a study in 2013, from Connecticut College which suggested that Oreos might be “just as addictive as cocaine.” Don’t we all agree?
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