The world’s favorite cookie, first sold to a Hoboken grocer on March 6, 1912, was known then as an Oreo Biscuit.
At that time, the recipe called for lard. But after a lengthy (over three years) and expensive conversion, Nabisco earned kosher certification for the cookie in 1997.
A bit more trivia:
- The Oreo name was trademarked on March 12, 1912.
- Nabisco’s second Oreo flavor? Lemon! It lasted from 1920-1924.
- The Oreo Big Stuf proved slightly more popular than lemon Oreos. After a seven-year run, the cookie was discontinued in 1991.
For a short history of the Nabisco company–and how it got its name–see a post I wrote last summer for Midwest Almanac: Nabisco and the Oreo Color Challenge.
The Oreo Dunk Challenge
How does Shaq dunk an Oreo? See the video and all the details on how you can win $2000 and a VIP trip to an Oreo Celebrity Dunk event. The challenge ends on April 30, 2017.
The Oreo Color Challenge
There’s no prize for this one, only good-natured controversy!
“What color is Oreo: black or brown?”
This question appears on the FAQ website page of Mondelez, the company that–105 years later –manufactures the world’s favorite cookie.
I love the Oreo Thins. Which Oreo is your favorite?
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She cried when she unpacked the gravy boat.
My younger daughter Jill wrote an update on Facebook the other day about unpacking the family china. To her, it evokes memories of family holiday dinners.
Especially the gravy boat.
We used it whenever we needed a gravy boat even if we were eating off paper plates.
Those days are gone. But not the treasured memories of shared meals and celebrations.
I really miss being a whole family, but I have to say that using this china with my family, Jacob and our girls, it means so much. You never know growing up what will stick with you and will be tear-jerking memories down the way in your life . . . like a gravy boat that can make me cry.”
Sure, I got teary-eyed, too, reading her update.
But it was the comment from someone who also received the family china that had me reaching for the Kleenex:
there were no tears because there were NO memories of using the china.”
This is my plea to parents everywhere.
Give your children the memories they don’t even know they’re tucking away in their hearts.
Use the china.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
During my search for a Valentine’s Day card to share with you, I came across an image that–what can I say?–it spoke to me.
I felt that little tug in my heart that whispers: here’s a story.
So instead of sending you a valentine, I’m sharing this image with you. Do you hear its whispers, too?
Pretend with me.
Imagine your character is walking in a park, grateful for the warmth of a sunshiny day that promises spring is coming soon. Something shiny in the grass catches her eye, and she finds this ornate key and lock tied with slender ribbon to a ceramic heart. Deep inside she knows it’s meant for her.
But what does it mean?
Does it symbolize a love she has found? Or a love she has lost?
Which story would you prefer to read? Or to write?
Where Treasure Hides February Special!