March 6, 2013

National Oreo Day

"Health food may be good for the conscience, but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better." - Robert Redford

It's National Oreo Day!

Here's a timeline of Amur-KAH's, nay the world's!, favorite cookie (well, just when the fun new products came out that is):

March 6th, 1912 - Nabisco changes the universe forever by introducing a new cookie called the Oreo which was made with two chocolate wafers with with a rich, creamy filling
1974 - Double-Stuf Oreos are introduced
1985 - Mint-creme Oreos are introduced
1987 - Fudge covered Oreos are introduced
1990 - White fudge covered Oreos are introduced
1991 - Halloween (orange) Oreos are introduced
1994 - Reduced-fat Oreos are introduced (people actually buy those?)
1995 - Christmas (red) Oreos are introduced
2001 - Chocolate creme Oreos are introduced
2003 - The "Uh-Oh!" Oreo is introduced

(For more information, check out this awesome Oreo fact sheet Kraft put together for the 100th birthday celebration in 2012. I'm sad to say that Spring [yellow] Oreos were not mentioned, but it is fascinating to learn that Germany, Poland, and India only just got Oreos in 2011!)

Anyway... now you're all the wiser, foodies!

I've always liked Oreos, but they became a go-to treat when I found out that they were suitable for vegans (their sugar source is questionable, of course, since 50% of the products made in the U.S. contain beet sugar and the other half contain cane sugar which is processed through bone char, so use your own discretion). And as of this spring, the Oreos found in the UK are now also veg-friendly as they removed the whey powder from their ingredients!

Huzzah!

For those of you who know me really well, you'll know that I tend to ONLY eat "colored" Oreos - the yellow, orange, or red versions (in my opinion, they taste better - I know they don't really, but I'm weird like that). Today I'm making an exception because I just discovered "Mega Stuf" Oreos. SOLD. And I'm dunking them in a glass of spiked iced coffee. Best... food holiday... ever? Maybe.

Happy National Oreo Day!