Chris' Corner: Ode to the OREO

Ode to the OREO

The OREO cookie, first manufactured on March 6, 1912 turned 100 years old yesterday!

North America's most popular cookie, or "OREO Sandwich", as it was referred to in a 1924 advertisement was originally two chocolate wafers with either a vanilla or a creamy lemon filling.  Soon after that they stopped making the lemon OREO.

Not nearly as secretive as "how they get the Caramel in the Caramilk chocolate bar, the following video describes the OREO making process.

Who named the OREO, and what did it stand for is unknown.  Oreo means "nice and perfect" in Greek, was this the genesis for the name of this iconic cookie?

OREO cookies are made differently in Canada where we use coconut oil in the manufacturing process.

My favourite cookies are 1) Peek Frean's Fruit creme, and 2) Dare's Lemon Creme.
Are OREO's your favourite cookie?  ... and if so, how do you like to eat them?

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Comment balloon 17 commentsChris Smith • March 07 2012 04:40AM


Good morning Chris,

Wow the Oreo is a 100 years old! I remember as a kid I use to separate the sandwich and eat the inside or I'd dip them in milk! It's been a long time since I have had one :).

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 8 years ago

Good morning Chris. I read the title and had to read the post, and by the way, I am now craving an entire bag of Oreo's. The video is too much. Enjoy your day and think of me on my way to the supermarket got it get Oreo's.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 8 years ago

When I was a kid my mom would have to stop me from eating the entire bag.  I loved those things.  Now I know you shouldn't eat them at all because of all that sugar and other " stuff " they add to them these days.

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) over 8 years ago

Anything chocolate is my favourite cookie Chris! Would have loved the lemon filled Oreo's. Funny you just posted on Oreo's, just spotted them in the store yesterday with a sprinkled cream filling to celebrate their 100 years! Usually I eat one cookie piece, then lick the cream down and then finish the yummy baby off! Mmmm.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Chris, I just had some homemade oreo cookies today! Yu-um! When the boys were young, they'd eat the center and I would eat the cookie part. We were quite a team!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Dorie, if I had two, I would twist and create my own "double stuff", way before OREO came up with them =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Sheila, according to the statistics, you will not be the only one ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Jeanne, My son, Alec (aged seven) loves them.  He can have two for dessert if he chooses.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Al and Peggy, we all have our favourite ways... I have not seen the anniversary cookies yet, but will keep an eye out for them.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Homemade oreo's sound great, Wanda.  You must remind your son (Scott) of that when he comes home.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

I know they are delicious, but, oh, that "stuff" inside them is so bad for your heart and arteries.  I would love the recipe for the homemade ones, though.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 8 years ago

Wow, this is timely. I just had my first oreo ice cream cookie of the year today. It had been in the convenience store freezer too long (probably all winter) and was hard as a rock, but I still enjoyed it once it warmed up in my mouth.

As for cookies, I would have to say that PIMs are my favourite of all because the remind me of my grandmother. Very sour. Just kidding. They are one of the few sweet treats that survived the crossing over from the U.K. and retained its British flavour.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Howdy and evening Chris

Chris my friend, this sure is a mighty fine blog post about Oreo Cookies! That sure was a mighty fun video to watch.

May the warm rays of Sunshine of happiness always find their way too and fall upon you and your family!

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 8 years ago

I was peacefully looking at my salad until I read your post I have to go to the store.

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) over 8 years ago

Chris - coconut oil ..... maybe we should have eaten a lot more Oreos as kids ..... it is supposed to be good for people in regards to Alzheimer's ..... check out "Dr. Bruce Fife bok  Stop Alzheimer's Now"

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Chris ~ Bags of Oreos have about a 24 hour shelf life in our pantry. although I am not a big cookie fan my kids and hubby sure eat my share. : )

Posted by Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD (Frankly Real Estate Inc.) over 8 years ago

Chris, Oreos used to be one of my favorite cookies.  I liked them dipped in milk or coffee.  Thankfully, my sweet tooth is gone and I no longer eat cookies of any kind. If it returns, I will likely be back to Oreos.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 8 years ago