There’s more to this iconic cookie than just creme and chocolate. Here’s to the world’s number one, a best-selling cookie with our compiled list of interesting and mind-blowing facts even the most cookie connoisseur wouldn’t know. So pour yourself an ice-cold glass of milk and mind digest these amazing facts about the Oreo. Ready, set, ka-BOOM!
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10. Oreos May Be Addictive as Cocaine to Your Brain
According to a small study from Connecticut College dated back from 2013, Oreos can just as addictive as cocaine – that’s if you’re a rat. Oreos activates higher activation in the brain area that’s responsible for the feeling of pleasure and addiction. While this study was done to rats, it’s likely this can have effects on humans. This is why it’s hard to resist eating a sleeve of Oreos.
9. Men and Women Eat Oreos Differently
Women savor the flavor of the whole cookie longer than men do. 84% of men tend to eat the Oreo whole whereas 41% of women twist or pull apart the cookie apart before eating it.
8. Oreos Says Something About Your Personality
According to a History.com video, in 2004, Kraft (Nabisco is now a Kraft brand), surveyed over 2,000 Oreo eaters and found that they are divided into three categories:
- Dunkers tend to be energetic, adventurous, and extremely social.
- Twisters — and who hasn’t twisted an Oreo – tend to be emotional, sensitive, artistic, and trendy.
- Biters are easy-going, self-confident, and optimistic.
The survey also discovered that more women tend to be dunkers while men tend to be biters. And, Democrats tend to twist, Republicans tend to dunk.
7. There Is an ‘Oreo Way’
West 15th (between 9th and 10th Avenues was renamed to “OREO Way” in 2002 to honor where the first cookie was made and where the first Nabisco factory was located. That place is now Chelsea Market where Alphabet has bought it for $2.4 billion to house it has its own food court.
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6. High School Teacher Disproves Oreos Are “Double Stuffed”
Dan Anderson, a high school math teacher in Queensbury, New York, and his students claim that the Double Stuf Oreo is not actually double stuffed but 1.86 times the size of regular Oreos. Their research has data proving this idea to be correct and the cookie company is skimping on the middle cream.
5. Lard Was Once Its Filling
The original recipe for the cookie was from lard (also known as pig fat which gave it the creamy texture but Nabisco made the switch in the 1990s to a vegan (and kosher option by using vegetable oils. In the past, many sweets were made from animal fats.
4. Two Men Were Convicted for Selling the Secret Oreo-Whitening Technique to China
In 2014, Walter Lian-Heen Liew and Robert Maegerle were found guilty and face two decades in prison for stealing the recipe for making titanium dioxide (TiO2), a chemical that gives the whiteness to the Oreo creme, to Chinese companies.
3. Oreo’s Filling Cream Had to Be Renamed to Creme
Since there were no cream ingredients in the cookie, the FDA did not allow Nabisco to call their filling cream. Instead, the company called it “creme” as a workaround.
2. The Oreo Name Origin Is Unknown
The folks at Nabisco aren’t quite sure themselves. The cookie was first introduced in 1912 as Oreo Biscuit, then later changed to Oreo Sandwich, then to Oreo Creme Sandwich, then Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookie, and eventually it was simply dubbed as “Oreo”.
1. Weird Flavors Are Common Around the World
If you are adventurous, you may find these totally off the wall flavors in an aisle in another country:
- Swedish Fish
- Hot Chicken Wings
- Glow In The Dark
- Candy Cane
- Green Tea
Some of these flavors are limited time only so the chance to eat them may already be gone!