Wednesday, March 7, 2012

And now for something completely different: Oreo celebrates its 100th birthday ...

Yes, Oreo - the best selling cookie in the USA - is a century old.

This is how it happened:

In 1898, several baking companies merged to form the National Biscuit Company (NaBisCo), and in 1902 they created Barnum's Animal cookies.

In 1912, Nabisco came up with the idea of a cookie made with two chocolate disks and a creme filling in between. It was the first Oreo cookie and it looked very similar to the Oreo cookie of today except that lard was used in the original filling (yuck!). Since 2006, all classic-format cookies have been made with non-hydrogenated vegetable oil.

And how did the unusual name come about?

No one at Nabisco knows. Some think that it derives from the French word for gold, 'or' (the main color on early Oreo packages). Others think that it comes from one of the early hill-shaped test version of the cookie ('Oreo' is the Greek word for mountain). It's also possible that the word was created by combining 're' from 'cream' and placing it between the two 'o's in 'chocolate' - making 'o-re-o' (but I think that's pushing it a bit).

Regardless of how it got its name, over 362 billion Oreo cookies have been sold since it was first introduced in 1912, and they can be bought in over 100 countries around the world.

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