The “Oreo” cookie was first developed and produced by the then National Biscuit Company (now known as Nabisco) on March 6, 1912. The current design was developed in 1952 by William Turner; the traditional white creme filling was formulated by Sam Porcello.
Currently, celebrating its 100th anniversary, it is a snack food with which most of us are familiar. Many of us have grown up eating Oreos; debate continues to this day as to the best way to consume them. Are they to be dunked whole in milk or twisted open. And thus beckons fond memories of carefree and innocent times of childhood. 50 percent of all Oreo eaters twist apart their cookies before eating them; there are more women twisters than men twisters. Besides eating them plain, countless recipes exist, using Oreos in cakes, ice creams, and assorted desserts. Oreos have indeed become a part of twentieth century pop culture. Today, Oreos are enjoyed in more than 100 countries, with the biggest markets in the USA, China, Venezuela, Canada, and the UK; it is the world’s top selling cookie.
If all the Oreos ever manufactured were lined up, they would circle the Earth 381 times at the equator; stacked on top of each other, they would reach the moon and back four times.
450 billion Oreo cookies have been sold since their introduction.
A controversy came about this past summer (June 2012) when Nabisco published the following photo of an Oreo in support of Gay Pride month on their Facebook page.