Everybody has a soft spot for Oreo around the world. But there is more to ‘twist, lick, and dunk’. Oreo cookies are used in dessert recipes, shakes, and whatnot! “Oreo Biscuit” was first produced by the National Biscuit Company in 1912 in Chelsea, NY City. Presenting Top 10 Interesting Facts about Oreo.
1. Oreo in Lemon Meringue flavor existed
Everyone loves the regular Chocolate Oreo but sadly fans will never be able to devour Lemon Meringue Oreo cookies. When Oreos first debuted in the market, two flavors were released: the regular ones that we still have and lemon meringue. Both were a hit in the market but chocolate Oreo was more besotted with. There were other variations of Oreo too including Holiday themed, Mystery flavors, and even glittery ones.
2. Men and Women eat Oreo differently
A survey was conducted on a group of people in America and the results were quite amusing. It said that men and women eat Oreo cookies differently. The figures were like this: 84% of men tend to eat Oreo whole whereas 41% of women twist or pull apart an Oreo before eating it. Well, this is subjective as to how one likes to eat their Oreo but definitely a jocular fact.
3. National Oreo Day
Have you ever heard about a National Day for a biscuit? Well, America observes March 6 as National Oreo Day and they have Oreos with a glass of milk. They dedicate this day to their beloved biscuit and share them with friends or enjoy by themselves. Oreo is a classic biscuit and it never goes out of style!
Even though the FAQ page of Oreo says that it does contain small traces of milk and the decision to eat Oreo as a vegan is a personal choice. There are no animal-derived ingredients in Oreo but it does have some sort of dairy products in it but it is definitely not like you are chugging a whole glass of milk. So it can be said that Oreo cookies are Vegan and Kosher.
5. Oreo has undergone quite a few name changes
Oreos have been in the market for more than 100 years now but nobody knows where Oreo got their name. Since Oreo’s first sale in 1912, they’ve got through several name changes. Way back then, they were called Oreo Biscuits by National Biscuit Company aka Nabisco. Nine years later in 1921, their name was changed to Oreo Sandwich which apparently wasn’t descriptive enough, then they were renamed to Oreo Cremé Sandwich in 1948 and finally changed it to Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookie in 1974. Over the years, the core name ‘Oreo’ has not changed but the origin of the name remains a mystery.
6. Oreos are actually super different in China
Oreos were loved in the United States but they didn’t do well in the Chinese market when they were first introduced in 1966. So instead of pulling them from the market, the manufacturer asked Chinese consumers for feedback and suggestions. Pretty smart, right? Apparently, Chinese consumers had pretty wild suggestions because when Oreo was reintroduced in China, it was totally different. Oreo had changed the recipe, added new flavors, and changed the shape entirely. What they came up with, was a tube-shaped treat with four layers of chocolate wafer and vanilla cream filling and it worked! It became the best-selling biscuit by 2006 and even expanded to other countries. The flavors in the picture are- Hot chicken wings and Wasabi. AAHHHH!!!
7. Songs dedicated to Oreo
There are a few songs dedicated to Oreo cookies. Oreo by Shotgun Willy and another by Izayah Miller. There is also an Oreo Rap by Stash Magazine. It is pretty amusing!
8. Oreo come in more flavors than you can imagine
Like any other candy and snack company, Oreo has added all sorts of wacky flavors over the past few years. Some of these crazy flavors are Creamsicle, Banana, Split Candy, Candy Corn, Open Applaud, Gingerbread, Candy Game, Watermelon, and Reduced Fat to name a few. We told you they have more flavors than you can possibly imagine!
9. Oreos are sold in over 100 countries
Oreos are sold in over 100 countries. The biggest markets being United States, China, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, India, and Germany. Also, Brazil is the fastest-growing market for Oreos. Oreo cookies were recognized as World’s favorite Cookies in 2019 by Mondelez International.
10. Oreos are as addictive as Cocaine
Can’t resist a box of Oreos? There might be a captivating biological reason for that! New research suggests that sugary, fatty treats can evoke the same reaction and activate the brain in a similar way as cocaine and morphine, at least in lab rats.