History Of The Oreo Cookie

Posted in on the 21st January, 2014

It is fun to learn about the history of the cookie. With the different types to cookies out there, it is interesting to learn many of their back-stories and how they came to be. Consider it a bit of a trivia that cookie lovers can talk about in their circles. One interesting story to know about is the history of the Oreo cookie.

Early History

The Oreo cookie is probably the best selling cookie in the United States since it was introduced in 1912. It is noted for a pair of chocolate discs with white filling in the middle. Imagine a cookie having this long history and you may think that the Oreo may have gone through many changes through the years. In fact, the Oreo cookie today is just about similar to the first Oreo cookie that came out. The only difference may be slight design changes on the chocolate disks.

The Oreo cookie was introduced in the market by the National Biscuit Company or Nabisco. The company started making animal cookies in 1902. By 1912, Nabisco developed an idea for a new cookie- two chocolate disks sandwiched together with a creme filling in between. The Oreo cookie was launched as an imitation of the Hydrox cookie being sold by a Nabisco rival, Sunshine company. Eventually, due to cookie quality issues, the Hydrox suffered the impression that it is the imitation cookie, even though it came out in 1908, four years before the Oreo cookie was first launched. Nabisco sold the same cookie design until 1975, when the company started selling different versions of the said cookie.

What’s In A Name?

Even though the name has become well-known, how it came to be called the Oreo is still quite a bit of a mystery. There are several theories to the origins of the name. One of them is that the name was derived from the French word “Or” for “gold”, which was the color or the Oreo’s original packaging. Another theory indicates that the name may have come from the Greek word, “oreo”, which means “mountain”. Some say that the company simply decided to call the cookie by its now well-known name simply because it is short and easy to pronounce.


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