Upon embarking on a recent shopping trip at my local military commissary, I was immediately engaged by a huge Oreo cookie display as soon as I got in the door. It is not uncommon for military commissaries to have huge promotional displays just inside the entrance, and I am always somewhat leery of what special buys I can expect when shopping at any military commissary. I usually end up spending more than anticipated. If you previously were, or are still in the military, you would understand since often times the commissaries receive special manufacturer or distributor promotions and discounts because of their service to the military families. It is a benefit we military have shared for years.
Since 1912 Oreo has become the best selling cookie brand in the U.S. (Wikipedia, 2020). Not that I am a huge Oreo cookie fan, but the brand often times will find its way into our cupboard. I think it’s almost part of the mainstay for many American families to eat them while dipping into a glass of cold milk. Many varieties of Oreo cookies have been produced, and limited-edition runs have become popular in the 21st century (Wikipedia, 2020).
Oreo cookies consist of two crunchy wafers (traditionally chocolate) and a sweet cream filling (traditionally vanilla) sandwiched in between the wafers. There are several methods of eating these cookies, and dunking them whole into a glass of milk before biting into the cookie is just one such method. You will probably get as many different answers on ‘how’ to eat them from as many different people that you ask. There have been different combinations of wafer, and many are still available, as there are variations and combinations of the filling.
Some of the wafer/filling combinations that are regularly found in stores include a mint filling with the traditional chocolate wafer, a thin version of the traditional cookie, a miniature version and the double-stuffed version of the original. Some of the varieties I found today included Caramel Coconut, Peppermint Bark, Red Velvet and Carrot Cake. I chose the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie filling sandwiched between two graham wafers and the Dark Chocolate filled variations. At the $1.88 sale price point in the commissary this trip, I wanted to try more of the flavors, but I don’t like Oreos enough to eat just Oreos for the next six months. I just wanted to taste each combination, but I know I’ll get stuck finishing them as punishment for buying them all, so I just chose the two.
Of the two I brought home I prefer the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie because there seems to be a bit more creaminess. Both of these variations will get eaten in my house over time, but I’ll probably eat the lion’s share and have to wait until both packages are finished before I buy something other than Oreos.
The Oreo cookie is still one of the favorites in our house to be dipped in a cold glass of milk; but, even with the variations available from time to time, there’s just something about the original Oreo that keeps it original. There’s something in that simple cookie in its original formulation that keeps Americans honest . . . with a glass of cold milk.