I open my Oreo cookie, carefully, then eat the cream out of the center before crunching into each cookie half. Today is another great excuse to tear into a package of Oreos and get all the creamy centers I can: The cookie is turning 100 years old. That’s right — this black-and-white favorite has been around since 1912.
Back when it was called the Oreo Biscuit, production of the Oreo by the National Biscuit Company (NBC) was right here in the current home of Food Network, Chelsea Market. Susan Watson, a Manager in Kraft Foods archive, explained that even though there were hundreds of National Biscuit Company cookie products, Oreo became one of their most popular items. Ads dating back to the 1920s show the cookies being pulled apart to reveal their creamy white center. Today, there are more than 21 bakeries around the world cranking out the cookies.
How are you celebrating Oreo’s 100th?
FACT: The Food Network Studio is in the old National Biscuit Company(Nabisco) bakery. The Oreo cookie was first baked here in 1912 and is now the best selling cookie in the world.
Click to check out the original Oreo packaging:
- Joe, Scheduling Manager (Honorary Food Network Historian)
On special occasions, FN offers private tours to visiting dignitaries, celebrity chefs and the like. One FN’er, Joe, takes time from his day job to lead this behind-the-scenes tour.
A recent tour-ist, Lana, suggested… “You could ask Joe what questions folks ask the most (during tours). I’ll bet it’d make an interesting read.” Good post, Lana. Thanks, Joe. Here goes:
Q) Who gets to eat the food?
A) Who ever is closest – studio crew etc… We only purchase food for what we are making that week and we donate to any extras to City Harvest each Friday.
Q) On Iron Chef America, do they know the secret ingredient?
A) Before the show, the chefs are told that it could be one from a list of items. The challenge is still amazingly difficult to pull off in an hour. Plus, the cameras never stop rolling…no matter what.
Q) Are all of the Iron Chefs here for each show?
A) When we shoot a battle, there is only one. The others are stand ins.
Q) What is the weirdest ingredient a challenger chef requested on Iron Chef?
A) Jose Andres – Goat testicles
Bonus fact — Our offices are on the site of the original Nabisco factory. The Oreo was invented here in 1912.