I skipped a holiday party tonight to Google the history of the Oreo. Yes, my friends. The one, the only, the impossibly delish, crave-it-as-you-eat-it Oreo. Only Oreos can induce that response - where you’re thirsty for a 10 gallon jug of milk even as you reach for another, never daring to break the spell of chocolate crumble and ambiguously tasty cream filling.
So here’s the 411 on the Oreo. It was invented in 1912 by the National Biscuit Company (now affectionately known as Nabisco) at its Chelsea factory, where Chelsea Market now sits. This stretch between 15th and 16th is now known as Oreo Way (which feels more “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” than NY real estate, but we’ll let it go).
The OG Oreo had a wreath around its edge and “OREO” inscribed in the center (you never saw that coming, riiiight) and was sold in the US for 25 cents a pound. And the first crispy, crunchy cookie was sold in Hoboken, New Jersey.
The modern iteration was created by Nabisco food scientist Sam Porcello, who holds five patents on the Oreo. No idea what they are for, but I’m impressed nonetheless.
And today, the Oreo lives its own tale of greatness, nestled between Twix bars and Snickers at your local bodega, waiting to be consumed by delirious toddlers everywhere. America is having a love affair with the Oreo, people, and if you haven’t wised up to that -- I honestly don’t know what to do with you.
My gift to you is the ridiculously tasty recipes below.
1. Dirt Cake
You loved it when you were three and for all the right reasons. Part chocolate mousse, part airy, coffee goodness, the dirt cake’s still got it. Get our Dirt Cake recipe.
2. Ice Cream Cupcakes
Fudgey chocolate cupcakes topped with ice cream and Oreos. If this feels like the bodacious dessert you tried to sweet talk your parents into, that’s because... it is. Get our Ice Cream Cupcakes recipe.
3. Chocolate Mousse Pie
4. Oreo Pudding
Serve this deliciousness in a small cup for a little bite of heaven. Get the recipe here.
5. Oreo Crunch Parfait
3 ingredients, parfait perfection. Throw this together in 10 minutes for off-the-cuff deliciousness your guests will love. Get the recipe here.
6. Peanut Butter Oreo Pie
A personal favorite and totally on the money. The richness of the peanut butter, the crunch of the Oreo, the ying/yang of the textures - doesn’t get much better than this. Get the recipe here.
7. Oreo Hot Chocolate
The comfort of homemade hot chocolate with the extra kick of an Oreo crumble. Couldn’t be bad, amiright? Get the recipe here.
8. Oreo Cheesecake
Best served at midnight with a good cup of joe, feet up on your couch. Get the recipe here.
9. Oreo Chip Cookies
An indulgent choco lover’s dream. You’re welcome. Get the recipe here.
10. Chocolate Chip Cookies-and-Cream Ice Cream Bars
The best of all worlds. A match made in heaven: cookies and ice cream, come together underneath a creamy chocolate blanket of dessert bar bliss. This recipe is so good that it's worth enjoying even during the frigid winter months. Get our chocolate chip cookies-and-cream ice cream bars recipe.