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|Dear Wifey and Nicey,|
I can not allow the disparaging remarks about Oreos go unchallenged. The Oreo is a wonderful cookie (biscuit) and friend to many. It may not have the true chocolatey goodness of some others, but it is sweet and chrunchy, and that is quite a lot. It dunks in milk like no other. It goes with tea or coffee. Also, taking apart the Oreo and licking the frosting off before eating the cookie can be both fun and erotic if performed correctly. I will save my lecture on the goodness and usefullness of peanut butter for another time. Long live Oreos!!
|Hi Nicey, do you remember me, Martin in Thailand? Congrats on all the media exposure, richly deserved. When last I wrote, Marks and Sparks were selling McVities standards here - digestives, rich teas etc. at 85 baht/packet. Excuse me, but in Thailand that can buy enough rice to feed a family of 5 for a week. Seriously. There was a local biscuit somewhat reminiscent of Nice called "Homey", which stood in on occasion, but I became excited when a new biscuit appeared, Fun-O. The name's a bit of a giveaway, so I just had to tell the story to the attached pic.|
Oreo mutates into Custard Cream - amazing biscuit evolution in Thailand!
1. The original, Oreo Nabiscoensis, familiar to biscuiteers worldwide, made under licence by PT Nabisco Foods in Indonesia, selling at the Thai consumer-friendly price of 5 baht for 3. Don't worry, the funny writing just says "Oreo."
2. Oreo Knock-off-oensis, "Cream-O", made by "Jack 'n Jill" aka URC (Thailand) in Samut Sakhon near Bangkok, cleverly selling at 5 baht for 4. 2a. (not shown) an intermediate species of Cream-O, in the same size packet, but with chocolate cream filling.
3. An evolutionary breakthrough! Someone at URC decides to put a light shortbread mixture in the pseudo-Oreo moulds, but still with chocolate cream filling. The result is called "Fun-O." Now we are getting 6 biscuits for 5 baht.
4. Amazing convergent evolution! Light shortbread with custard cream filling. It might be showing signs of its Oreo ancestry, but taste-wise, this "Fun-O" is a bona fide custard cream! Still at 6 for 5 baht too.
|Nicey replies: An outstanding bit of pure biscuit research the Martin. Unfortunately as there isn't a scientific journal dedicated to the science of biscuits you'll have to settle for us as the platform on which publish your astounding thesis.|
|There has been a heap of Oreo's dumped in Australian supermarkets and they're just sitting there. I tried a pack because they had been marked down to clear (never ever a good reason to buy biscuits) and then fed them to the dog, because they're so awful. Even the packaging is awful.|
|Nicey replies: And how did your Dog get on with them?
|I think it should just be pointed out that the Oreo "biscuit" is a classic example of how the Americans have absolutely no concept of what a biscuit should be. They should leave the people who know what they're doing to it and concentrate on things that they can do, like eating the lovely biscuits that us British make, like Rich Tea biscuits for example.|
Hannah Mills (Biscuit fan)
|I am an American. I'm also Canadian (and your review of Maple Cookies omitted the fact they're intolerably sweet - and it takes 40 gallons of maple sap to make a gallon of syrup, not 75). I thought I should get my North American roots out of the way first just so that you understand where I'm coming from, literally and figuratively.|
I'm also a writer and as such I spend a huge amount of time researching "stuff" (what a great word for someone with a Master's in English, huh?) which is rather heavy. So it was a delight to find your web page which is relaxing and fun to read.
However, I have to give you another slant on the Oreo cookies you so unmercifully trashed. One aspect of them you have completely neglected is the cookie's place in a transposed North American's psyche. When I miss the States and Canada, a trip to Sainsbury's helps a lot, when I can stand in front of the Oreo cookie boxes and remember so many things from "across the pond" dear to me. Time was I had to bring North American "stuff" (there's that word again) back to England where I have lived for 20 years. Now that I can buy Oreo cookies here, my suitcases are considerably lighter which British Airways probably appreciates no end.
And as far as instructions on how to eat Oreos go, that is the fun part of eating them. Spend time taking the cookie apart, peeling off the vanilla with your teeth (though double vanilla ones are a bit too sweet), then crunching the cookie halves when they still have a hint of sweet filling on them, and you spend a lot less time eating more and more cookies. No, I'm far from fat, believe me. But once in a while, a cookie treat of Oreos is delightful, and a reminder of home. I for one am really, really, really pleased Oreos have come to England.