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Oreo: Little Known Facts
Sunday, March 03, 2019
Ten Facts You Never Knew About the Iconic Cookie!
We’re celebrating Oreo National Day! Magic happened on March 6, 1912 when two decoratively embossed chocolate-flavored wafers met up with a rich crème filling. Today, Oreo is the world’s top selling cookie. Whether you enjoy the original, green tea, dulce de leche or one of the many flavors found around the world, one thing remains right at the heart of milk’s favorite cookie: the iconic “twist, lick, dunk” ritual that brings people together like no other biscuit can!
But there is more behind the cookie than you can imagine. Here are 10 facts about the iconic brand that you never knew!
10. The Story Behind Oreo Way
Oreo Way is a street in New York that was formerly known as West 15th (between 9th and 10th Avenues). The street was renamed to honor where the very first cookie was made and where the very first Nabisco factory was located.
9. You Can Find Oreo Cookies in Over 100 Countries
It’s true! The cookies have truly become ubiquitous, so if you’re traveling, chances are you’ll see those infamous sandwich cookies wherever you’re going.
8. The Number of Oreo Cookies Made in a Year Would Circle the Earth Five Times
We have factories that make Oreo cookies in 18 countries all over the world. These factories help produce 40 billion cookies every year. If stacked together, these cookies would circle the earth five times!
7. 50% of Oreo Consumers Pull the Cookies Apart Before Eating Them
Rather than nibble on the outsides or eat them whole, 50% of Oreo consumers prefer to twist their cookies open before eating (or dunking) them. The other half, presumably, eat them stuck together.
6. Ladies Are More Likely to Twist
If you are someone who takes your cookies apart before eating them, pay attention next time. Women are more likely to twist Oreo cookies open than men, who are more likely to just pull them apart.
5. Record Number of Fans
Oreo’s Facebook page has over 42 million likes. This ranks it in the top 10 brands in terms of Facebook likes (it’s currently at number six). Impressive!
4. Oreo Cookies Were Part of the World’s Largest Blind Taste Test
In 2009, the cookies were part of a blind taste test that took place in Madrid, Spain. The taste test, which included 1,471 people, was the largest blind taste test in recorded history.
3. It’s the Most Popular Cookie of the 21st Century
In 2018, the brand brought close to $3 billion in worldwide annual revenues. Clearly, we’re doing something right!
2. Two Flavors Originally Debuted
Along with the classic chocolate flavor rolled out in 1912 was a lemon meringue flavor. However, the lemon meringue flavor wasn’t popular enough and was eventually discontinued.
1. It takes Two Hours to Make and Bake One Oreo Cookie
Sure, it takes 120 minutes to produce a cookie … but does it take that long to eat one?