Oreo: 15 Little-Known Facts About the Iconic Sandwich Cookie




Oreo cookies are one of the most iconic treats in the world. However, despite the fact that the cookies have spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Oreo cookies. Well, what are you waiting for? Check it out for yourself below!

Number Fifteen: The Oreo Was Invented the Same Year the Titanic Sank

The year of 1912 was an iconic one for more than one reason. Not only did the Titanic tragically sink, but the Oreo came to be that very same year.

Number Fourteen: Oreos Used to Cost Less Than One Dollar Per Pound

In fact, the cookies used to be sold by weight and only cost $0.30 per pound. Imagine how many you could buy with just a few dollars!

Number Thirteen: The Story Behind Oreo Way

Oreo Way is a street in New York that was formerly known as West 15th (between 9th and 10th Avenues). The street was renamed to honor where the very first cookie was made and is also where the very first Nabisco factory was located.

Number Twelve: You Can Find Oreos in Over 100 Countries

It’s true! The cookies have truly become ubiquitous, so if you’re traveling, chances are you’ll see those infamous sandwich cookies wherever you’re going.

Number Eleven: The Number of Oreos Made in a Year Would Circle the Earth Five Times

There are factories that make the sandwich cookies in 18 countries all over the world. These factories help produce 40 billion Oreos every year, and the Oreos made in a year would, if stacked together, circle the earth five times.

Number Ten: Half of Consumers Pull the Cookies Apart Before Eating Them

Rather than nibble on the outsides or eat them whole, half of the cookies’ consumers prefer to twist the cookies open before eating (or dunking) them. The other half, presumably, leave them stuck together before dunking/eating.

Number Nine: Ladies Are More Likely to Twist

If you are someone who takes your cookies apart before eating them, pay attention to how you take them apart next time. Women are more likely to twist Oreos open than men, who are more likely to just pull them apart.

Number Eight: Its Facebook Page Has a Record Number of Fans

Oreo’s Facebook page has over 41 million likes. This ranks it in the top 10 brands in terms of Facebook likes (it’s currently at number six). Impressive!

Number Seven: Before it Was a Sandwich, it Was a Biscuit

The cookie was introduced as a biscuit, rather than a sandwich when it was invented in 1912. It officially changed its name to “Oreo Sandwich” in 1921.

Number Six: They Were Part of the World’s Largest Blind Taste Test

In 2009, the cookies were part of a blind taste test that took place in Madrid, Spain. The taste test, which included 1,471 people, was the largest blind taste test in recorded history.

Number Five: It’s the Most Popular Cookie of the 21st Century

In 2014, the brand brought in $2.5 billion in worldwide annual revenues. Clearly, it’s doing something right.

Number Four: They Were Once Made With Lard

Though vegans and non-vegans alike can enjoy Oreos today, it wasn’t always that way. The cookies used to be made with lard, but Nabisco switched over to vegetable oil in the 1990s.

Number Three: The Creme-to-Cookie Ratio Is Scientific

Every single Oreo cookie has a ratio of 71 percent cookie to 29 percent creme. Obviously, this only applies to the classic Oreos (not the double and triple stuffed).

Number Two: Two Flavors Originally Debuted

Along with the classic chocolate flavor rolled out in 1912 was a lemon meringue flavor. However, the lemon meringue flavor wasn’t popular enough and was eventually discontinued.

Number One: One Cookie Takes Nearly an Hour to Make

Sure, you can down an entire sleeve of Oreos in about two minutes, but did you know one Oreo requires 59 minutes to make? Thanks for reading!

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