Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kraft
Oreo, the cookie we all grew up eating, is celebrating a very big milestone today – its 100th birthday. On March 6, the National Biscuit Company sold its first Oreos to a grocer in Hoboken, New Jersey. The price was 30 cents for each pound of cookies. Here at iVillage, we have a personal connection to those old-timey Oreos – they were manufactured in New York City’s Chelsea Market, which is now home to restaurants, shops and our offices.
Oreos are now sold in more than 100 countries (China is the second-highest consumer, after the U.S.) and are the best-selling cookie brand of the 21st century, according to parent company Kraft Foods.
We may only know the Oreo in American incarnations like Double Stuf, Cool Mint, White Fudge-Covered, Cakesters, Peanut Butter and Golden (vanilla), but in other countries, there is Oreo Green Tea Ice Cream (China), Oreo Alfajor (Argentina) and Oreo Strawberry (Indonesia), to name a few.
Whatever the flavorings or fillings, at its heart, the Oreo is a sandwich cookie, which means there are lots of ways to eat it. There’s the (Kraft-approved) “twist, lick and dunk” with a glass of milk, or more imaginative methods – like nibbling the cookies slowly, eating several cookies at once, or letting them get soggy in a glass of milk. As a kid, I scraped out the filling to eat separately from the cookies. Which seems a little gross now.
But that’s the cool thing about a product that’s been around for so long – almost everyone has their own special taste memory.