Oreo Cookies 100 Years Old!
by Debbie & Randy Coe
Did you know that America’s favorite chocolate cookie, Oreo, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year? It has become the the country’s best-selling cookie by selling over 260 billion since its introduction.
The Oreo cookie was introduced in 1912 by the National Biscuit Company, today known as Nabisco. The original design was very similar to the version we know except that the pattern on the wafer was different.
The cookie remained unchanged until 1975, when different versions began to be made: Double Stuf in 1975, Fudge Oreo in 1987, Halloween Oreo in 1991, and Christmas Oreo in 1995.
Where did the name come from? One version says it came from a hill-shaped test version that was named for the Greek word oreo, which means mountain. Another version says two letters were taken from the word cream, RE, and two from chocolate, OO, and put together to form Oreo.
It doesn’t need tellling that Oreos are good to eat plain. But here’s a recipe that is simple to make, especially for kids.
2 small pkg. of instant chocolate pudding
1 small pkg. of instant vanilla pudding
4 cups of whipped cream or whip topping
1 pkg. of Oreo cookies
Make each pudding as directed on the package. Add 2 cups of cream to each pudding mixture. Crush the package of cookies. Keep out about 1/2 cup. Put equal amuonts of the crushed cookies into the pudding mixtures. In parfait tumblers or a large clear bowl, alternately layer chocolate and vanilla puddings and then add some crushed cookies on the top. Refrigerate this until you are ready to serve it.
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