Did you know that the way you eat an Oreo cookie says something about your personality? How about that the symbols on these popular cookies might be tied to the Knights Templar? Or maybe that they might just be more addictive than heroin? Read on to find out more about milk’s favorite cookie.
10 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Oreos
10 Things About Oreo That May Surprise You
Oreos are the world’s best selling cookies, yet there’s not much we know about them. There’s enough Oreos made each year to circle the globe four times when stacked, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are 10 interesting facts about Oreos that might be new to you.
1. The Oreo Cookie Is New to Russia
The cookie was formally introduced to Russia last year 2015, while the American people have been enjoying it since 1912. Oreo was able to up their manufacturing capabilities to start making the famous cookies on Russia soil.
“Oreo is the world’s No. 1 biscuit, so this represents a major snacking milestone for the Russian market,” said Hossam Ashour, General Manager, Mon’delez Rus. “Now consumers in Russia will be able to enjoy these legendary cookies, experience the world-famous ritual of ‘twist, lick and dunk’ and love them as they are loved the world over! In addition, producing Oreo in Russia will make these delicious treats more accessible to local consumers and help expand Russia’s biscuits market.” – quote via Mon’delez International
2. The First Oreo Cookie Was Made in NY
The very first Oreo cookie was made in Chelsea at 15th Street and 9th Avenue in New York City, which is an honorary street for the iconic treat. Read more about the surprisingly interesting history of Oreos here!
3. Why Are They Called Oreos?
There are only theories as to why they’re called Oreos. One popular theory is that the name is somehow connected to the French word for gold, as it was originally wrapped in a gold package.
The origin of the name Oreo is unknown, but there are many theories, including derivations from the French word ‘Or’, meaning gold (as early packaging was gold), or the Greek word ‘Oreo’, meaning beautiful, nice or well done. Others believe that the cookie was named Oreo because it was short and easy to pronounce. – Wikipedia
4. The Stamped Design of the Oreo Has Some… Interesting Origins
The stamped design of the cookie includes symbols related to the Freemasons and the Knights Templar of Crusades fame. It has been speculated that there may be a deeper meaning in those symbols that has some historical importance.
The current design of the OREO was formulated in 1952 by some secret cookie designer, that must have been affiliated with the Templars, or he just loved their symbology. You can see right above, the circle with the word “OREO” has a cross with a two-bar cross; this is known as the Cross of Lorraine which was carried by the Knights Templar into the Crusades. The Cross of Lorraine is part of the heraldic arms of Lorraine in eastern France. Between 1871 and 1918 (and again between 1940 and 1944), the northern third of Lorraine was annexed to Germany, along with Alsace. (Wikipedia) There are also exactly 12 Templar Cross Pattees in a circle, with also 12 dots and 12 dashes. – Read more about the symbology of Oreos here!
5. Oreo and Its Unique Variety of Flavors
Oreo has unique varieties sold in many countries. Thanks to the flavor makers these varieties include Green Tea, Alfajor, and File Cupcake. Check out the 22 weirdest Oreo flavors here!
6. Hydrox vs. Oreos
Have you heard of Hydrox cookies? AT first glance they might look like the poor man’s Oreo, but Hydrox is not an Oreo knockoff. These cookies were created years before Oreo arrived on the cookie scene. But which one is better? Click here to find out which iconic cookie won in a head to head contest.
7. Addictive Oreos… Are They Really More Dangerous Than Drugs?
The answer – maybe. Oreos have been tested to be addictive. The cookies beat cocaine or morphine, which was tested on rodents. Researchers found out that the brain’s addiction hotspots was triggered by the combination of high fat and high sugar.
8. Oreo’s Double Stuff Isn’t Quite So
Oreo’s Double Stuff variety does not have twice as much filling. A high school math class conducted the research and ran the numbers back in 2013. They concluded only 1.86 times the stuff found in the double stuff variety.
9. The Way You Eat An Oreo Reveals Your Personality
A person eating an Oreo reveals a lot about himself. A survey conducted by Kraft Foods in 2004 showed that those who twist are sensitive people, whereas, energetic people tend to dunk. And those who just dives right in and take a bite are people that have great self-confidence. Check out the full personality list here!
10. 59 Minutes To Make One Oreo
Making one Oreo cookie takes 59 minutes to be exact. A year’s worth of Oreo goes through 20 million pounds of cocoa and mixes close to 50 million pounds of sweet, creamy filling.
Watch this video by TRR56 about how sandwich cookies are made.
Did you find this blog interesting? Truly an oreo is not just a cookie… 😀 Hope you enjoy this blog as much as I do! Twist it! Lick it! Dunk it!
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Originally posted on March 7, 2016 @ 10:27 am