It's not Derby's birthday ... but it's
Oreo's big 100th birthday.
So in case you didn't know here is all you need
to know about the creation of the famous
Have you seen these special edition packages of
Oreo cookies in your grocery store?
Oreos Are Introduced
In 1898, several baking companies merged to form the
National Biscuit Company (NaBisCo), the maker of Oreo cookies.
By 1902, Nabisco created Barnum's Animal cookies and made them
famous by selling them in a little box designed like a cage
with a string attached (to hang on Christmas trees).
In 1912, Nabisco had a new idea for a cookie -
two chocolate disks with a creme filling in between.
The first Oreo cookie looked very similar to the Oreo cookie of today,
with only a slight difference in the design on the chocolate disks.
The shape and design of the Oreo cookie didn't change much
until Nabisco began selling various versions of the cookie.
In 1975, Nabisco released their DOUBLE STUF Oreos.
Nabisco continued to create variations:
1987 -- Fudge covered Oreos introduced
1991 -- Halloween Oreos introduced
1995 -- Christmas Oreos introduced
The Mysterious Name
So how did the Oreo get its name?
The people at Nabisco aren't quite sure.
Some believe that the cookie's name was taken from the French word for gold,
"or" (the main color on early Oreo packages).
Others claim the name stemmed from the shape of a hill-shaped test version;
thus naming the cookie in Greek for mountain, "oreo."
Still others believe the name is a combination of taking the "re" from "cream"
and placing it between the two "o"s in "chocolate" - making "o-re-o."
And still others believe that the cookie was named Oreo
because it was short and easy to pronounce.
The National Biscuit Company sold its first batch of Oreos on March 6, 1912
—and as the cookie's 100th birthday approaches,
its makers want the world to celebrate.
Kraft Foods has launched an international campaign across media new
and old, centered on a birthday-party theme and complete with special
events and limited-edition Birthday Cake Oreos. "
HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY TO
THE BEST COOKIE EVER!