6 Things You Didn’t Know About Oreos

Happy National Oreo Cookie Day folks!  On March 6, 1912, Oreo sandwich cookies were introduced to the public in a grocery store in Hoboken, New Jersey. Whether you dunk them, twist them or eat them whole, here are 6 surprising things you should know about Oreo cookies…

#1. It takes 59 minutes to make an Oreo.#As far as commercially made cookies go, Oreos have been a success since their introduction in 1912. Photo source: WikiCommons Each Oreo wafer is baked for exactly 290.6 seconds at a temperature of 400°F from above and 300°F from below.  Every Oreo cookie contains 90 ridges, 12 flowers, 12 dashes, and 12 dots.

#2. Cookie Lovers Have Enjoyed More Than 500 Billion Oreos Since they were invented in 1912, over 500 billion Oreo cookies have been enjoyed around the world.  If all the Oreos ever sold were laid end to end along the equator they could circle the earth 381 times. That same number of cookies stacked could reach the moon and back five times.

#3. Oreos Originally Came in Two Different Flavors When first invented, Oreos came in two varieties: original and lemon meringue. The original was wildly more popular, and so the lemon variety was discontinued in 1920.

#4. Oreos Come in Some Unusual Flavors Around the World In Japan and China, Oreos with a green tea flavored filling are popular and designed to appeal to cookie fans. For cream-filled cookie lovers in the Philippines, Oreos with a coconut-flavored filling were introduced. In Indonesia, a blueberry ice cream flavor combines with chocolate cookies for a real treat.  Oreos are available in over 100 countries.

#5. The Origin of the Name is a Mystery#Occasionally, Oreos get festive with holiday or limited edition fillings such as watermelon, cotton candy and banana split. Photo source: Pixabay No one knows why the famous cookie is named Oreo. Some say it’s because it’s easy to remember, however, others debate it was named after the origin of the word “Oreo” from the French word for “gold” or the Greek word for “beautiful.”

#6. The Ratio of the Oreo is Precise The perfection of an Oreo cookie is down to an exact science. The cookie- to- crème ratio of an original Oreo cookie is always, without fail, 71 percent to 29 percent.