5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Oreos

Happy National Oreo Cookie Day folks!  On March 6, 1912, Oreo sandwich cookies were introduced to the public in a grocery store in Hoboken, New Jersey. Whether you dunk them, twist them or eat them whole, here are 6 surprising things you should know about Oreo cookies...

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Cookie Lovers Have Enjoyed More Than 500 Billion Oreos Since they were invented in 1912, over 500 billion Oreo cookies have been enjoyed around the world. If all the Oreos ever sold were laid end to end along the equator they could circle the earth 381. That same number of cookies stacked could reach the moon and back five times.

The Ratio of the Oreo is Precise The perfection of an Oreo cookie is down to an exact science. The cookie- to- crème ratio of an original Oreo cookie is always, without fail, 71 percent to 29 percent. When it comes to Double Stuf Oreos, it turns out they are not quite doubled. A cookie-loving math teacher and his students cracked the case. Turns out Double Stuf Oreos have only 1.86 times the amount of filling compared to a regular Oreo.

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Men and Women Eat Oreos Differently Women seem to enjoy the taste of the cream filling the most, so 41 percent of them like to screw apart the cookie before eating it. Eighty-four percent of men tend to eat the tasty treat whole, on the other hand. Dunking Oreos in milk is a popular activity among both sexes and can be done more easily by wedging the tines of a fork into the cream filling. While it takes only about 59 seconds to chow down an Oreo, it takes a factory 59 minutes to make one.

The Cookies Were Basically a Knock-Off of Sunshine Hydrox Many people think that Oreos were the original chocolate sandwich cookie, but Sunshine Hydrox introduced a cream-filled cookie held together by two chocolate biscuits in 1908. Oreos are sweeter and less crunchy than the original Hydrox, but that may not be why Oreos took over the market. The problem with the Hydrox cookies may have been the name itself, which sounds a bit more like a chemical compound than something tasty.

No One Knows Who Came Up With the Name There has been speculation over the years that the name Oreo comes from the Latin word for laurel because there is a laurel wreath featured on the face of the chocolate cookies. This might be correct because the company produced other cookies with botanical names such as Helicon, Lotus, and Avena. Then again, Oreo is a short, easily pronounceable name that is memorable, so whatever its origin, it turned out to be a good product name.