Oreo cookies turn 101 years old on March 6th, and we thought to honor this most delicious treat by giving you some fun facts about these extremely popular cookies, along with our favorite Oreo recipes!
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What’s in a Name?
The name “Oreo” is a household name, but what does it really mean? Well, nobody really knows! It seems that the origin of the name has been lost over time, and today we can only guess where it came from. Some think it comes from the Greek, where the word “oreo” means beautiful, and others claim it comes from the French word “or”, which means gold (the original packages were gold). One thing’s for sure, whatever Oreo means, it must be synonymous with “delicious”!
We all know and love the chocolate-and-cream flavor of Oreos, but a lot of countries have taken the original flavor and adapted it to the local palate. Argentina, for example, has a Dulce de Leche Oreo that comes with caramel filling; Canada has a Strawberry Milkshake Oreo with strawberry flavor; Japan and China have a Green Tea Oreo; Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia have a Blueberry Ice Cream Oreos and Orange Ice Cream Oreos! And that’s just a few of Oreo Cookies international offerings.
Although the traditional shape of the Oreo is round, there have been some variations throughout the years. In 1976 Nabisco introduced Football Oreos, in the shape of, you guessed it, an American football. There’s also Oreo Fudge Rings, Oreo WaferStix, Oreo Sippers (in the shape of “straws”), Oreo Fudge Cremes, and many other variations!
Twist and Dunk
During the Super Bowl blackout of February 3, 2013, Oreo’s official Twitter account tweeted, “power out? No problem. You can still dunk in the dark”. That tweet was re-tweeted almost 15,000 times!
And finally, here’s our favorite Oreo Recipes
- 1 dozen Oreo cookies, crushed
- 5 1/4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 14 ounces cold heavy cream
- 3 large egg whites
- 1oz sugar
- Melt chocolate in a large bowl on a double boiler or bain-marie, on very low heat, stirring constantly until melted. Remove from heat and let cool until almost room temperature.
- 2. Beat the cream to soft peaks. Leave at room temperature. Using an electric mixer, whip egg whites until you get soft peaks, then slowly add the sugar as you continue to whip. Whip until firm.
- 3. Whisk the egg white mix into the chocolate, and whisk until completely incorporated, then slowly fold the whipped cream. Cover and refrigerate until set (1 hour approx.).
- 4. Add a layer of crushed Oreos to an old-fashioned goblet or tumbler glass, and then add a thicker layer of chocolate mousse. Top with another layer of crushed Oreos. You can garnish with whipped cream or chocolate sauce!
- 4 Oreo Cookies, divided
- 4 Oreo cookies, finely chopped
- 4 tsps. chocolate syrup
- 1 ½ cup milk
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- Drizzle one tablespoon of chocolate syrup at the bottom of each glass, rolling the glass to coat it thoroughly. Quarter 4 cookies and add to blender with milk and ice cream. Blend until smooth. Pour into short glasses, top with chopped cookies whipped cream (optional!).
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 3 cups crushed Oreos
- 1 lb. semi-sweet chocolate, melted
- Other Oreo Recipes from around the web:
- You’ll also need wax paper and toothpicks for this. With an electric mixer, mix cream cheese and crushed Oreos until blended (not whipped). With your hands, roll into small balls, approximately 1-inch thick. Put in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
- In the meantime, melt chocolate using a double boiler or bain-marie. Remove from heat and let cool, but not solidify. Take the balls out of the freezer, and insert a toothpick in each one. Holding by the toothpick, dip the balls in the chocolate, until fully coated. Place on a pan lined with wax paper. Sprinkle with leftover cookie crumbs. Refrigerate until firm.
Oreo cake recipes from around the web
Bakerita’s Oreo Cake is a little slice of Heaven
The folks at TheKitchn crushed a few Oreos into this delicious looking cake
Whether you twist them, lick them, dunk them, or blend them, Oreo cookies are always delicious! So thisMarch 6th, raise your glass of milk and toast to America’s favorite cookie!