Everybody has had an Oreo some time in their life. If not, you have to try one! Today is Oreo's 100th birthday. To celebrate, I say have some Oreos! There's just something about that creamy sandwich cookie that everybody loves! There's regular, double stuf, chocolate-covered and so many other kinds of Oreos. But you may have never heard of some of these international flavors.
Oreo isn't just popular in America; it's a worldwide favored cookie. It is one of the best-selling cookies of the 21st century and has made $1.5 billion in worldwide revenues.
Oreos first came about in New York 100 years ago to compete with British biscuit cookies. Oreos are now sold in more than 100 countries. Just in the mid 1990s, they were only sold in 30 countries. Talk about fast expansion! It must be that great creamy taste. As of 2006, Oreo became China's best-selling cookie only after being introduced in 1996. Oreos catch on quick!
Unlike the United States, other countries offer some unusual Oreo flavors. Some are duo flavors, such as strawberry and vanilla or dulce de leche and banana. View the gallery for more fun flavors.
With all this talk about Oreos, you might wonder where the name came from. Nobody is sure if the letters stand for something since they are in all capitals on the packages. Some people think the name comes from the French word or, which means gold. (And originally Oreos came in a gold package and were called Oreo Biscuits.) Other people think that the Oreo name came from the Greek word oreo, which means beautiful. After being called Oreo Biscuits, the name changed to Oreo Sandwich in 1921. The name changed again in 1948 to Oreo Creme Sandwich and again in 1974 to Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. Today, everyone knows them simply as Oreos. And they're delicious as ever! Happy birthday, Oreo!
How do you like to eat your Oreos? Do you dunk them, twist them, lick them, bite them or something else?