so a friend o mine was laid up in the hospital, and what does he ask for, but oreo's. i hinted around at fresh fruit, fresh baked goods, tasty ethnic treats, but no, he zeroes in on junk food. not even any junk food, but these things. what can i do? the poor guy had a stroke.
so i go buy a box containing 12 packets of oreos, and he takes half. now i have a bunch, so i try them. they're different. not as good as i remember. the dark cookie part is now more fractile, yet less crisp. just biting one causes radial fractures to run across the disc. this rarely happened when i was a boy. i could possibly accept this as a compromise if it had become an exceedingly crispy cookie, but in fact the opposite has occured. the cookie, well within it's expiration date, is now soggier. what gives?
of course, the partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is gone. now it is "high oleic" canola oil and/or palm oil. hmmm. more healthful, i suppose, than the old sickeningly sticky criscoesque synthetic lard they used to feed schoolkids, but somehow, something has been lost. the cookie, as a microcosm of human history, is stuck at half cycle. as i see it, the only way forward is to go back to organic butter and lard based baking, where a cookie should be consumed within a week and an hour's drive of its birth oven. yes, that will be more expensive, which means we will eat less as we eat better. what a novel idea.