First introduced in 1912, Oreo cookies remain one of the most popular mass produced cookies in the United States. Although there have been many variations on the essential Oreo introduced over the years (Bite Size, Extra Thick, etc.), the basic, original round chocolate baked wafer sandwich with a thin layer of white filling between them remains the hands-down favorite of millions of people.
The range of ways people prefer to consume one is interestingly varied.
First, there are the “traditional, well mannered” Oreo eaters. These folks simply pick one up and consume it in a bite or two. Nothing special to remark upon here except that this is only one of many ways I have seen them being eaten.
There are a range of styles of “side separators.” These are people who split the two sides of the Oreo apart before eating it. These Oreo fans, after dividing it in half then make another set of choices. They may prefer to carefully twist the cookie while splitting it so that all/most of the filling remains on one or another of the now two half-cookies. Then, they may elect to:
1. Eat the side with the filling first
2. Eat the side without the filling first
3. Alternate nibbles between the two sides
4. Lick the filling off the side that has it, then
5. Eat one side or the other first or
6. Stick the two halves back together and eat the reassembled Oreo in the “traditional” way.
7. Dunk it (in any of the above forms) into a glass of milk or cup of coffee.
(As an intact cookie or in halves.)
8. Crush the whole Oreo up into little pieces and eat them, out of a bowl, with a spoon.
I have personally been told about all of these (and some others I shall resist mentioning) and have witnessed and tried most myself. Personally, I am a “side separator” who eats the side with the filling first.
You can have some fun at a party by innocently posing this question to your guests:
“If you had only one thing to eat, an Oreo cookie, handed to you on a plate and not eating it was not a choice, how would you go about eating it?”
There is a similar range of choices when/if choosing to eat one of those amazing, nutritionless wonders, a “Twinkie” or something as healthy and natural as a freshly picked apple. Served a full-featured ice cream sundae, what do people save for the last bite? Some eat the cherry on top last ‘” Others begin with it.
We all eat of necessity. But how we eat is a function of preference and habit.
Oreos make a convenient example but there are, in fact, many ways to eat just about anything. Needless to say (although I am saying it,) there is no accounting for how people eat things when it is different from how we eat the same item.