The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old!

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2012/03/06 08:46:28 (permalink)

The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old!

Oreo, the world's most popular cookie, was introduced by Nabisco a hundred years ago today. The first batch was baked in Manhattan and sold in Hoboken. It was as it is today: two dark chocolate cookies with a fake buttercream filling holding them together. The original ornate design on the cookie was very similar to today's. The only major change over the years was to add the Nabisco colophon to the center. A few decades ago, Esquire magazine tried to discover who created the design and why. They didn't find out, but they did learn one amazing, little-discussed fact about Oreo: it is a ripoff of the long-running but now extinct Hydrox, made by Sunshine Biscuits.
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So, will the person who’s never eaten an Oreo please step forward?
I thought so, No one!
And how do you eat it?
Whole?
Split open and un-iced half first?
Iced half first?
Dunked in milk?
Run out and buy a package and be a kid again!
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    fishtaco
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/03/06 15:00:35 (permalink)
    I mix it up, eating wise. Some get eaten whole. Some split, scrape the filling off with my teeth.
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/03/06 16:55:59 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    Oreo, the world's most popular cookie, was introduced by Nabisco a hundred years ago today. The first batch was baked in Manhattan and sold in Hoboken. It was as it is today: two dark chocolate cookies with a fake buttercream filling holding them together. The original ornate design on the cookie was very similar to today's. The only major change over the years was to add the Nabisco colophon to the center. A few decades ago, Esquire magazine tried to discover who created the design and why. They didn't find out, but they did learn one amazing, little-discussed fact about Oreo: it is a ripoff of the long-running but now extinct Hydrox, made by Sunshine Biscuits.
    Courtesy of Tom Fitzmorris www.nomenu.com
    So, will the person who’s never eaten an Oreo please step forward?
    I thought so, No one!
    And how do you eat it?
    Whole?
    Split open and un-iced half first?
    Iced half first?
    Dunked in milk?
    Run out and buy a package and be a kid again!


    It was originally called the Oreo Biscuit.
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    Twinwillow
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/03/06 16:59:55 (permalink)
    Betchya can't eat just, one!
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/03/06 19:57:31 (permalink)
    The Italians in Hoboken had no say in that filling.
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/03/08 17:13:00 (permalink)
    Pffft.  That's nothing.  I've got food in my fridge that's much older than that.
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/03/09 16:24:48 (permalink)
    What came first, the Oreo or the Hydrox?
     
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/03/09 16:39:43 (permalink)
    bartl
    What came first, the Oreo or the Hydrox?
    Bart

    Sunshine Biscuit's Hydrox was first - 1908
    Oreo's showed up in 1912
    From Wiki:
    Hydrox is the brand name for a creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookie that debuted in 1908 and was manufactured by Sunshine (later Sunshine Biscuits).[1] Its name was formed from the atomic elements which make up pure water: hydrogen and oxygen.[2] The similar Oreo—introduced later, in 1912—was inspired by the Hydrox, yet Hydrox suffered from the impression of being a knockoff. Compared to the Oreo, the Hydrox had a "tangy, less-sweet filling" and a crunchier cookie that stood up better in milk.[3]
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/03/16 22:02:56 (permalink)
    It's really interesting to see the outstanding displays of Oreo's in the stores! They've gone all out with the promotion. New varieties, new shapes, etc. EXCELLENT Marketing! I'm sure they will see big sales increases!
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/03/16 23:40:27 (permalink)
    Its funny, I rarely buy Oreo's- but when I have one or two, I rememeber how much I really like them!
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/03/17 07:08:18 (permalink)
    ann peeples

    Its funny, I rarely buy Oreo's- but when I have one or two, I rememeber how much I really like them!

    I rarely buy Oreos because I can't stop at one or two.
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/03/17 12:59:04 (permalink)
    my favorite store-bought cookie next to Mallomars.  I split 'em, use one side as a scoop to get the filling off the other.
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/03/27 23:22:59 (permalink)
    We prepared a really good layered dessert with Oreos yesterday: 
    Oreo crust bottom
    Sliced strawberries
    Jello cheesecake pudding
    Cool Whip
    More sliced strawberries and crushed Oreos on top of the Cool Whip
     
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/05/22 15:20:16 (permalink)
    Trader Joes makes an Oreo knockoff called Jo Jo's. I like them better and they're cheaper!
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/05/22 22:31:17 (permalink)
    Hydrox were around before Oreos. Hydrox, like all treats at that time, were designed to appeal to adult’s tastes. That was because only adults had money and made all purchases.

    Oreos were copied after Hydrox, but their manufacturer had what was a radical idea at the time to design a product specifically to appeal to children’s tastes. That is why Oreos are softer and sweeter while Hydrox were crisper and less sweet.
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/05/23 08:58:43 (permalink)
    For anyone watching their sugar intake, Sugar Free Oreos taste very much like the original.
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    Re:The Oreo Cookie is 100 Years Old! 2012/05/23 11:06:57 (permalink)
    Thanks for the info, cavandre!!
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