7 Cream-Filled Facts About Oreos

Sep 18, 2015 09:30 PM EDT | By Jaja Agpalo

Oreo cookies have entered their 103rd year of world domination since first created in 1962. The National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) vended its first Oreo sandwich cookies to a Hoboken grocer, which grew into billions of dollars and numerous obscure varieties far along. Today, Oreos remain an iconic snack-time staple.

Everyone's favorite treat, with the 71 percent to 29 percent cookie-to-cream-ratio, has more layers than one might think. Here are just a few of the things you probably did not know about the world's best-selling cookies.

1. The name is still a mystery.

There weren't records to confirm as to where the word "Oreo" truly originated. Some believe it is from the French word "or," which means gold, since its original packaging is most gold, Time reported. Other have hypothesized that it came from the Greek word for mountain since the test version of the top-selling cookie had a hill-like shape.

2. The original Oreo recipe included pork fat for the creamy center.

Lard was once a key ingredient in that delicious crème filling between this pair of chocolate cookies. Hence, it is not surprising that pig hates Oreos. In 1985, the company started giving milky water to local pig farmer and he discovered his hogs loved every flavor except for Mint with Oreo Cookies, Mentafloss informed.

3. There was also a lemon meringue flavored Oreo when it was first debuted.

The flavor was dropped in 1920s. Since then, the company has branched out to a world of other flavors which include Banana Split Cream, Candy Cane, Candy Corn, Caramel Apple, Coconut Fudge, Cookie Dough, Cookies n' Creme, Cotton Candy, Creamsicle, Gingerbread, Limeade, Marshmallow Crispy, Neapolitan, Pumpkin Spice, Red Velvet, Root Beer Float, Watermelon, S'mores, Triple Double and White Fudge Covered and so much more. 

4. These cookies have a built-in personality test.

The way that you eat an Oreo could reveal something about your personality. Kraft Foods conducted a survey to over 2,000 Oreo eaters in 2004. It was then found that biters tend to be positive, even-tempered and confident; dunkers are courageous, spirited and social; and twisters are creative, passionate, profound and stylish. The survey also revealed that more men bite, while more women dunk.

5. They are not totally junk cookies as they meet certain dietary standards.

Oreos are considered accidentally vegan, despite the fact no one would recommend it as a diet food. While the original recipe called for pig lard, Oreos publicly became kosher in 1998.

6. They are sold in more than 100 countries.

In terms of sales, the top five are the U.S., China, Venezuela, Canada and Indonesia. In some countries, Kraft, Nabisco's parent company, reformulated the recipe to appeal to consumers. Flavors around the world include Blueberry Ice Cream (Indonesia), Dulce de Leche (Argentina), Green Tea Ice Cream (Japan),  Orange/Mango and  and Raspberry/Blueberry (China).

7. They are the world's best-selling cookie.

Since their debut, there were more than 450 million Oreo cookies around the globe.

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