7 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 7 surprising things you should know about Oreo cookies...


It takes 59 minutes to make an Oreo. # 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.

They Weren't the Original Chocolate Wafer Sandwich Cookie Oreos were introduced in 1912, but a similar cookie -- two chocolate wafers with embossing surrounding a creme center -- already existed. Hydrox, made by Sunshine Biscuits, had debuted in 1908. The Hydrox cookie was named after hydrogen and oxygen, which the company somehow thought would make people think of cleanliness. Hydrox's cookie was not as sweet, but it was crunchier and also kosher, which the pork-lard-laden Oreo was not. However, the sweeter Oreo eventually gained a bigger audience. Hydrox was revived a few years ago but has since become hard to find; the company, Leaf Brands LLC, has filed a lawsuit against Mondelez International (the current owners of the Oreo and Nabisco brands) claiming that the company has illegally hidden Hydrox from consumers. Mondelez denies the claim, but news stories have mentioned other claims from supermarket workers who noted they found entire stocks of Hydrox cookies moved from their planned location on shelves.


They Used to Be Called Oreo Biscuits # Photo credit: By Benson Kua from Toronto, Canada - Mr. Christie, you definitely make good cookies!Uploaded by tm, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25674180. When Oreos first went on sale, they were not sandwich cookies in name; they were called Oreo Biscuits. No one actually knows what "Oreo" means, although the original package for these biscuits was colored gold, and the name "Oreo" is similar to the French word for gold. The name has also been linked to a quality symbol possibly used at the time in Europe. The cookies went through a few minor name changes over the years (most notably from "biscuit" to "sandwich" in 1921); they didn't become "cookies" in name until the 1970s.


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.

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.

Previous Holiday-Themed Oreos Included a Dunking Kit and an Oreo "Record Player" In 2018, Oreo decided to cater to the crowds of cookie-dunkers who no longer wanted to end up with wet crumbs all over their fingers and released a cookie-dunking set that included a small pair of tongs. Another gift set was a "record player" upon which you'd set an Oreo cookie; you'd move a tiny phonograph arm over the cookie, and the player would start playing music. The player didn't actually play the cookie -- the music was pre-recorded -- but you could "play" several variations of the cookies that were included in the set. No word on what happens when you try to play the cookies backward.

About 60 Years Went by When Oreo Didn't Have Additional Variations It seems bizarre to think about it now, but for about 60 years, the only Oreo flavor available was the basic creme flavor. When the cookie debuted, it came in both that creme flavor and in a lemon meringue flavor, which was soon dropped. It wasn't until the Big Stuf Oreos (with one F) were released in the 1980s that the company started branching out. Now the cookies are known for having several year-round flavor variations, seasonal flavors, and a "The Most Stuf" variation.