Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Oreo!

In 1912, on this day, the National Biscuit Company introduced the Oreo sandwich cookie to the town of Hoboken.  A little Oreo Trivia...compliments of Chicago Tribune

 Here's a look back at the first 100 years of the world's best-selling cookie. How do you eat yours? Twist, lick and dunk, or simply whole? (Kraft says the world is split, 50-50, on that one).

March 6, 1912

Produced at the National Biscuit Co.'s (Nabisco's) Chelsea Market bakeries in Manhattan, N.Y., the first Oreos were sold in Hoboken, N.J., on this date.

30 cents

Price per pound grocers paid for the first Oreos, which were packaged in bulk tins.

$2 billion

Global Oreo sales in 2011.


Bakeries around the world where Oreos are now made.

The global cookie

Oreos are sold in more than 100 countries. The top five, based on sales: U.S., China, Venezuela, Canada and Indonesia.

That name

The origin of the Oreo name is unclear. Theories include that it was borrowed from "or," the French word for gold, because the cookies first came in gold-colored packaging; that it was taken from the Greek word for mountain, because the cookies were first shaped like a hill; and simply that the cookies — which look like two O's — reflect the two O's in chocolate with the "re" from "creme" in the middle.

Oreo slogans

1950: Oh!, Oh! Oreo!

1980: For the kid in all of us

1982: America's best loved cookie

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