Happy birthday to the Oreo cookie, which turns 100 today! If some of your fondest childhood memories involve twisting the cookie part off to eat the frosting first and then dipping the two halves in milk before finishing them off, you’ll want to celebrate this big day.
The Oreo cookie was invented on March 6, 1912 at Nabisco headquarters, which was then located in Chelsea in New York City. Although the company has since moved, the National Biscuit Company building still fills two blocks of the distinctive neighborhood and now contains Chelsea Market – a vast indoor mall with a food court, television studios, and offices. The Market still draws foodies – it is home to Food Network, a restaurant owned by one of Food Network’s Iron Chefs, a wine vault, bakeries, and several other restaurants.
Nabisco, which is now part of Kraft Foods, is currently headquartered in East Hanover, New Jersey. Most of the cookies are produced at the Richmond, Virginia Kraft/Nabisco factory. Since that day in 1912, over 362 billion Oreos have been sold and can be found in 100 different countries.
Celebrate America’s favorite cookie by inviting a few friends over to your apartment tonight for Oreo Cookie Cake. Or, unwind after work by serving Rachel Ray’s Liquid Oreos.
If you have kids and want to celebrate with them, get them in the kitchen to make a batch of your very own Oreos. They are time-consuming but worth it! This is a great way to have some (messy!) fun. If you don’t want to clean up the kitchen post-Oreo baking frenzy, then pay homage to the Oreo by baking a batch of these favorite cookies.
Some of us who made resolutions in January that require a cookie ban can still celebrate Oreo’s big day with these low-calorie cookies. They are surprisingly tasty and easy to make, so go ahead and enjoy.