Entries in Cookies (2)


Oreo Celebrates 100 Years of Twisting, Licking and Dunking

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Get your glass of milk ready for dunking: the Oreo turns 100 years old on Tuesday.

Created on March 6, 1912, in a National Biscuit Co. bakery in Manhattan, the sandwich cookie has come a long way from its first sale to a grocer by the name of S.C. Thuesen in Hoboken, N.J.

Now an international favorite, Oreos can be bought in more than 100 countries and rake in $1.5 billion in global annual revenues.  More than 95 million cookies are sold each day.

Becky Tousey, Kraft Foods' corporate archivist, said the brand's message has maintained the same theme in its advertising over the years.

"The focus of advertising was on the fun of eating Oreos, the fun of the parts of the Oreo," she told ABC News.  "It has that theme of the enjoyment -- the twisting, the licking, the dunking.  For me, as a historian, it's fun to see that thread throughout."

The cookie's popularity has endured at least five design changes along with the National Biscuit Co.'s name change to Nabisco and the eventual takeover by Kraft Foods.

"It's always been a top seller -- if not, the top seller for quite a few decades," Tousey said of the Oreo brand.  "Even early on, it became clear to the National Biscuit Co. that it was one of its flagship brands and the company really supported it. ... [Oreo] has demonstrated decade after decade that it continues to endure."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Girl Scouts Introduce New Cookie

Giuliana Nakashima/The Washington Post/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, oh my! Girl Scout cookie season is upon us and soon the troops will fan out to sell the irresistible cookies with those signature smiles. This year, in honor of the organization’s 100th anniversary, you’ll see a brand new cookie flavor in the mix. Called the Savannah Smile, it’s a crescent shaped, lemon-wedge cookie with lemon chips that’s dusted in powdered sugar.

According to Little Brownie Bakers, the company that bakes the new confection, the cookie is named after Girl Scout founder Juliet Low’s hometown and is “cool and crisp, with just the right number of lemon chips to deliver tiny bursts of flavor.”

For the calorie-counters, five Savannah Smiles will set you back about 140 calories.

Since 1917 when troops first baked cookies and sold them in school cafeterias, the Girl Scout cookie fundraising effort has grown to generate millions of dollars a year for the organization. Approximately 200 million boxes are sold each year and the biggest seller is the Thin Mint, which accounts for 25 percent of overall sales, according to their website. Samoas are a close second, consisting of 19 percent of total sales, and Tagalongs come in third with 13 percent. Do-si-dos and Trefoils round out the top five biggest sellers.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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