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History of the Oreo

oreoBy Janell Curl

The Oreo in my opinion is one of the best cookies ever made, but where did it come from? Well, according to Jennifer Rosenberg a 20th Century History Expert, The Company Nabisco came out with the cookie in 1912. From the beginning, the Oreo cookie was the best selling cookie in the United States. Then in 1975 they started to see their sales dropped.

So they decided to release the double stuffed Oreo and from there continued to create new variations.

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.

So far over 362 billion Oreo Cookies have been sold since it was first introduced in 1912.

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