Oreo Cookie Centennial

Oreo Cookie Centennial

An American icon reaches the century mark today: the Oreo sandwich cookie. A classic. Two crisp, round, embossed chocolate-colored wafers separated by a thin stratum of sweet white paste. Nothing but the finest sugar, enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1}, riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid, high oleic canola oil and/or palm oil and/or canola oil and/or soybean oil, cocoa (processed with alkali), high fructose corn syrup, cornstarch, leavening (baking soda and/or calcium phosphate), salt, soy lecithin (emulsifier), vanillin — an artifical flavor, chocolate. Yum.

The Oreo has been sneakerized into dozens of variations, none of them terribly memorable. When Oreos invaded China, the cookies became totally tubular. $2 billion-worth of Oreos were sold worldwide last year.

You can celebrate the 100th birthday of the Oreo with fun and games or social media, but it can also be a teachable moment. Steve Spangler uses Oreos to demonstrate the phases of the moon. Sweet!

Oreo Phases of the Moon

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2 Responses to “Oreo Cookie Centennial”

  1. timqueeney Says:

    Nice phase animation – will never think of a decapitated Oreo now as anything but a full moon. But not definitive without a libration component, no?

    http://www.universetoday.com/93973/pick-up-some-good-librations-with-this-stunning-moon-video/

  2. NotionsCapital: 2012 in Review « NotionsCapital Says:

    […] with 2,654 views. The most popular post that day was a typically hard-hitting think piece, ”Oreo Cookie Centennial.” Best ever? 48,132 views of “Congress Reaps Pizza Harvest“ on November 17, 2011. […]

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