OREO Cookie: 10 Delicious Facts
No matter how you eat your OREOs, the cookie has become famous all over the world. Most people don’t know much OREO history, so here are a few interesting and curious facts about OREOs. Sit back, grab an OREO Ice Cream Cake or an OREO Ice Cream Roll, and learn about everything OREO.
OREO Ice Cream Freak Cake pictures from Food Lovin’ Family. Get the full recipe here.
1. OREOs Are Over a Century Old
100 years of OREO? Time flies when you’re the best cookie ever. In 2012, OREO celebrated its first centennial. Most of us have never known a world without these delicious cookies, and there’s definitely a reason they have stuck around so long (hint: they’re too delicious to pass up). No wonder it feels like these cookies have been around forever!
2. The First OREOs Were Lemon Meringue
Why didn’t they just start with Double Stuf? We may never know. But, did you know that OREO used to come in lemon meringue? When the OREO first debuted, it came in both classic and lemon meringue flavors. As you probably suspected, the classic cream filling was far more popular. The lemon meringue cookie was discontinued in 1920.
3. Over 500 Billion OREOs Have Been Eaten
OREOs end up in cupboards and pantries almost as quickly as stores can stock them. In fact, it is estimated that people have enjoyed over 500 billion OREO cookies around the world since their original release in 1912. Yeah. 500 billion. How many do you think you’ve contributed to that count?
4. OREOs: To the Moon and Back!
If it is difficult to visualize 500 billion OREOs, here are few examples to help you understand how massive this number is. With 500 billion OREO cookies, you could stack them high enough to reach the moon at least five times. If you had 500 billion OREOs, you could wrap them around the Earth’s equator 381 times. That’s a pretty impressive trail of cookies. So if you were thinking “oh man, I’d love to get my hands on 500 billion OREOs,” it’s not that easy.
5. OREOs Have Their Own Holiday
National OREO Day is March 6. Yes, OREOs have their own holiday. Be sure to stock up on OREO Ice Cream Cakes and celebrate.(Yes, they should get their own month. We agree.)
6. OREOs Come in Different Flavors Around the World
Going on a trip? Fear not. OREO will be there. OREOs may seem distinctly American, but they’re not limited to the United States, or even to North America. OREOs are sold in more than 100 countries. Some countries even enjoy wild flavors that you can’t typically find in the USA. In China, you can buy green tea OREOs. If you visit Argentina, try a dulce de leche and banana combination OREO. Orange ice cream flavored OREOs are available in Indonesia.
7. Double Stuf OREO? Not Quite…
Want to do some math? Okay. What if it’s OREO math? Double Stuf OREO don’t technically contain double the cream filling. As it turns out, Double Stuf OREOs have around 1.86 times as much cream in the center. Double Stuf OREOs are designed to balance the deliciousness of the chocolate cookie flavor.
8. The OREO Ratio
OREO cookies stick to a rather precise ratio. Every OREO cookie is 71 percent cookie to 29 percent creme. The classic cookie has a strict ratio so every bite tastes familiar.
9. OREO Cookies n’ Cream Is America’s 4th Favorite Ice-Cream Flavor
96% of Americans eat ice cream, and Cookies n’ Cream is the fourth most popular flavor. In the lead? Chocolate in first place, followed by vanilla in second place and, shockingly, butter pecan in third.
10. No One Remembers How OREO Got Its Name
Most of us can’t remember the name of the person we met 2 days ago. So, it’s no surprise that no one remembers the origin of the cookie’s distinctive name in 1912.