Fond reflections on the Oreo

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Greg Peck
March 7, 2013

Did you know that Wednesday marked the 100th birthday of the Oreo cookie? I didn’t, until I heard Al Fagerli and Tim Beggs talking about it on WCLO. In honor of the occasion, Nabisco debuted a limited edition Oreo flavor: Birthday Cake Oreos. The cookies look like standard Oreos, except the white frosting has flecks of rainbow sprinkles.

I admit, it’s not just pies (see related blog) I love as dessert. I love cookies, too. Yet it has been many years since I bought Oreos or any other package of cookies from a store (and I do the shopping in our household).

Make my cookies chocolate chip, chewy, any time. Second place, those homemade ones made with peanut butter and/or molasses with the big Hershey Chocolate Kisses. Chewy, of course.

Cheryl and I buy and enjoy Girl Scout cookies (see my blog on that topic, too), but we don’t buy cookies from stores. That doesn’t mean I don’t recall those childhood days of feasting on cookies from groceries. Our next-door neighbors’ mom often had store cookies when my sister and I were over there playing. That mother stocked lots of those wafer cookies in vanilla, pink (strawberry?) and chocolate. She also had Oreos.

Many people favor dunking Oreos in milk. I never did. Instead, I’d pry each one of these “sandwich” cookies open and eat the white frosting before downing the chocolate cookie halves.

Alas, those days are behind me as I consider more carefully the health ramifications of overindulging on cookies and such things as our company’s annual “health risk assessment,” which I underwent Tuesday. Fail to meet certain minimum standards, and I’d pay even MORE toward our health care premiums.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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