Oreo Cookies

Oreo Cookies just celebrated their 100th Anniversary. Who knew that Oreo’s were that old……it seems like they have always been around, but I never thought they were that old! The exciting part about this news is,  I was interviewed by the local paper for an article about Oreo Cookies. One of my chefs from school gave a reporter from the Omaha World Hearld my name, and the rest is history.

The Oreo Cookie turns 100

By Michael O’Connor


OREO’S BIRTHDAY: March 6, 1912

More cookie or creme?
29% creme 71% cookie

Cookie count: More than 35 billion Oreos were sold around the world in 2011. If every one of those cookies was dunked in a 4-ounce glass of milk, it would take more than 1,650 competition-size swimming pools to hold all of the milk.
First Sale: The first Oreo cookie was baked in the National Biscuit Company’s Manhattan Bakery. The cookies were sold in Hoboken, N.J., where Oreo was originally packaged in bulk tins and sold by weight.
Design: The Oreo cookie design has undergone at least five changes since 1912, but the contemporary four-leaf clover design has not changed much since 1953. The design consists of 12 flowers, 12 dots and 12 dashes per side.
Each Oreo cookie contains 90 ridges.
Baking: The cookies are made at 21 bakeries around the world. From mixing to baking to packing, it takes exactly 59 minutes to make an Oreo. Each wafer is baked for exactly 290.6 seconds at 400 degrees from above and 300 degrees from below.

What’s in a Name?

While there is no definitive answer on where the name “Oreo” comes from, here are some of the best guesses:
» From “or”, the French word for gold, which was the main color on early Oreo packages.
» A combination of the “re” from “creme” between the two “o”s in “chocolate” — “o-re-o.”
» From the Greek word “oreo,” meaning hill or mountain. Initial Oreo creations were shaped like a baseball mound.
Source: Kraft Foods
Market research shows:
84 percent of men eat the cookies intact
41 percent of women pull them apart
50 percent of all Oreo cookie eaters pull them apart
They get dunked. They get twisted. They get dropped into dozens of recipes created just for them.
The Oreo turned 100 on Tuesday, giving fans of the crunchy, frosting-filled cookie a chance to reflect.
Why do they like the darn things so much?
You’ll find Oreos in more than 100 countries. You can buy them next door in Canada. But apparently they’re also big in China and Indonesia.
You’re thinking: They’ll never turn up in France, a country known for a sensitive palate. Wrong. Just got them.
On Facebook, Oreo has drawn more than 25 million fans. They’re like a cookie Kardashian.
Global annual revenue? $1.5 billion. That’s B, as in bucket loads.

Melissa Cole of Omaha has a theory about that popularity.

It’s about contrasts, a cookie yin and yang. You’ve got the crunchy chocolate cookie outside. You’ve got a soft creamy vanilla inside.

Sounds simple enough. Maybe it’s the same reason people like sweet and sour pork, or a little salt on the edge of a margarita glass.
Contrast. Cole knows that when she has a bag of the cookies at home, look out.
“They don’t last long,” said Cole, a student in the Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha.
Cole likes Oreos best straight up. Just the cookie and a glass of whole milk. Skim is for wimps.
But the Internet is filled with all kinds of Oreo recipes.
You’ve got Oreo Cookie Salad, a little dish that includes 21 Double Stuf Oreos, two boxes of vanilla pudding and 16 ounces of frozen whipped topping.
Not recommended if you’re trying to get swimsuit-ready.
Don’t forget about Oreo Cookie Freak Out. Toss in a dozen Oreos, 16 ounces of fudge topping and, of course, frozen whipped topping.
Frozen whipped topping seems to be a common thread in a lot of Oreo recipes, but that’s a whole other story.
You also can make other cookies out of an Oreo, like some kind of baking genetics.
We’re talking things like Oreo Cookie Balls. We’re talking Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, basically an Oreo baked inside a chocolate chip cookie.
Oddly, neither recipe calls for whipped topping.
In maybe one of the strongest testaments to the cookie, brides will even order Oreo cake for a tier of their wedding cake.
Forget the keg of Bud for the reception. Bring on the milk.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1122, michael.oconnor@owh.com

Not only was I interviewed, but, they published one of my photographs!  I submitted  a few photographs and they picked one of my photo’s of cookies and cream cupcakes!


365 Project

Here are some of my favorite photographs from my 365 Project. The project is mainly a challenge to take a picture everyday and post it on a site! It’s fun, but more challenging than I thought it would be! Enjoy!


Espresso and Chocolate Macarons

Espresso Macarons

Chocolate Macarons drying out!

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling

To say I’m a fan of America’s Test Kitchen is an understatement at best.  Who doesn’t love a man in a bow tie (Christopher Kimbell) and the great Chefs that he has cooking along with him!  There has not been a recipe that I have tried from their cookbooks that hasn’t come out delicious.  I own 8 of their cookbooks, and was a subscriber on their website’s as well.  I really believe that if you need to know something about food, they are my go to for answers.  Along with all the great recipes, they also post video’s to help you understand the techniques that also go along with a recipe.  I wanted my first post about America’s Test Kitchen to be about my favorite cupcakes that I tried many years ago, and continue to make them every few months.

The Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes really describe this treat.  They are everything you could want in a cupcake;  deep rich chocolate flavor, moist and tender, and best of all….a chocolate ganache that gushes in your mouth as you bit into the cupcake.  To top it off, there is a Chocolate Swiss Buttercream frosting that melts in your mouth.  Amazing, delicious,  and tantalizing are words to describe these cupcakes.  I hope you enjoy my photograph, and you can see everything I was talking about!  I know I enjoyed eating them and for that matter, so did my neighbors!

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