Oreo Cookies Are a Hundred Years Old

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Thursday, March 7, 1912:  Unimportant, soon forgotten. That’s all I can think of now.

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Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma didn’t write very much a hundred years ago today, I’m going to go off on a tangent and get on my soapbox–

Oreo cookies were first made in March 1912.  I’ve seen several stories about the anniversary in the press.

New York Times

Reuters 

Wow, I never would have guessed that Oreos were a hundred years old.  Part of me thinks it’s awesome that this cookie has been around so long—and that Grandma probably enjoyed them as a teen.

However, another part of me is sad that processed foods like Oreos were available a hundred years ago. I want to believe that people ate wholesome, homemade, locally produced foods a hundred years ago—when the reality is that by 1912 the world was rapidly industrializing and “modern” foods were readily available.

6 Responses

  1. Amazing that Oreos have been around for 100 years. I wonder if they were exactly the same 100 years ago?

  2. I wonder if they were the same too.

  3. I quickly googled the history of Oreos and it looks like the design printed on the cookies has changed over time (http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/who-made-that-oreo-emboss/). Also according to Nabisco’s website, there were originally two flavors: lemon meringue and plain.

  4. The good part was, they were far more active, no Television, no internet. Just the good ol’ outdoors and of course the cows, HA

  5. I think in every age there were various kinds of foods and eating habits that were detrimental to a person’s health. What has changed is our awareness of them and what a person needs to eat to stay healthy.

    For instance, my grandparents enjoyed the prosperity of the post WWII economy and told me that meat and potatoes was something to be enjoyed. My maternal grandparents ate more pasta and fresh vegetables during the Depression but in the Post-WWII years increased their intake of meat slightly more. Today my generation prefers more lean meats, more fresh veggies and less carbs.

    The Depression Era diet of my maternal Grandparents, which was once called peasant food by my classmates in the 1960s, is now the stuff of gourmet cuisine and what is called “The Mediterranean Diet”.

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