Oh!, Oh!, Oreo! has interesting history

Oh!, Oh!, Oreo! was the first Oreo slogan made in 1950.

Photo by Quinn Williams

Oh!, Oh!, Oreo! was the first Oreo slogan made in 1950.

By Quinn Williams, news writer

Over 500 billion of these cookies have been sold since they were first introduced in 1912, making them the best selling cookie of the 20th century, says Cracked.com. They are sold in over 100 countries, and, if lined up end-to-end, they would circle the globe 381 times, according to TIME reporter Samanatha Gross man in her 2012 article Oreos Turn 100: 9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Iconic Cookie.

According to the records of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Oreo brand cookies became public in America by what is now Nabisco, on March 6, 1912. (Did you know? Nabisco is a shortened form of National Biscuit Company.)

The first Oreo was sold in Hoboken, New Jersey, and sold at 30 cents per pound. Since then, the Oreo has become the best-selling cookie in the United States.

The Oreo cookie is 71 percent crème and 29 percent cookie.

In December 1997 at great expense, Nabisco changed their original pork lard recipe to use canola and palm oil instead, and now Oreos are kosher and also vegan approved.

The two cookies enclosing the icing are essentially just cocoa wafers. William Turnier credited the ornamental design on the wafer, but Nabisco will not confirm that he was, in fact, the mastermind behind the design.

At the website Time Out Chicago, managing editor Brent DiCrescenzo rated 23 Oreo cookies by their taste, including flavors such as pumpkin spice and caramel apple. Check out his take by clicking here.

Pop quiz: What is the slogan for Oreos?

If you know it, you are a true Oreo fan, but “Milk’s Favorite Cookie” wasn’t always their slogan. Oreo slogans have changed about seven times since 1950. They have been:

1950- Oh!, Oh!, Oreo!

1980- For the Kid in All of Us

1982- America’s Best-Loved Cookie

1986- Who’s the Kid with the Oreo Cookie?

1990- Oreo, the Original Twister

2004- Milk’s Favorite Cookie

No one can confirm why Milk’s Favorite Cookie was named “Oreo,” but that hasn’t stopped consumers. The world still loves those crazy sandwich cookies.