March 6th is National Oreo Cookie Day!

From time to time theOUTfront enjoys bringing its readers a story meant simply to give them a smile.  When better than on a Monday that’s also National Oreo Cookie Day?

In June 2012, Oreo created an advertisement featuring an Oreo cookie with rainbow colored cream celebrating Gay Pride month. Naturally, the ad prompted negative comments; but Kraft (parent company of Nabisco) stood strong stating,

 “Kraft Foods has a proud history of celebrating diversity and inclusiveness. We feel the Oreo ad is a fun reflection of our values.”

The Oreo was first created by the National Biscuit Company, aka Nabisco, in 1912 at its Chelsea, Manhattan factory in what today is known as the Chelsea Market on Ninth Ave.  The exact origin of the name Oreo is unknown, but one theory suggests it comes from the French word ‘Or’, meaning gold for its early packaging, or possibly the Greek word ‘Oreo’, meaning beautiful, nice or well done

There are two basic Oreos; the most popular chocolate cookie crème filled and the golden cookie crème filled.  Both of these have been dunked in millions of glasses of milk over the years.  Currently Oreo is holding an Oreo Dunk Sweepstakes for the best “how you dunk” video.

Sweepstakes details and entry here

In addition to the chocolate and golden Oreos, Nabisco developed two distinct lines of the sandwich cookie, “varieties” and “limited editions.”  Variety Oreos come to market and stay, the most famous and beloved being Oreo Double Stuff in 1974. 

Nabisco started introducing “limited edition” Oreos for its centennial in 2012 with the Birthday Cake Oreo; two chocolate cookies printed with “Oreo 100” and a “birthday-cake” flavored filling and sprinkles inside.  Other limited edition flavors have included SpongeBob Oreo, Cookie Dough Oreo, and S’Mores Oreo. 

The 2017 limited edition released just last month is Peeps made of two vanilla cookies filled with “Marshmallow Peeps flavored creme.”

Join theOutfront in celebrating National Oreo Cookie Day!

  • Tell us your favorite flavor and how you eat your Oreos
  • Take the Oreo Cookie Challenge:  Move an Oreo from your forehead into your mouth without using your hands
Photo by Barbara J. Perenic


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