Keep your e-mails pouring in, it's good to know that there are lots of you out there with views and opinions.
To help you work out what is what, are now little icons to help you see biscuit related themes. And now you can see at a glance which are the most contested subjects via this graph (requires Flash 6.0 plugin).
Please keep your mails coming in to email@example.com
If you like, you can use this search thingy to find stuff that matches with any of the icons you pick, or use the fantastic free text search, Yay!
|Esteemed Mr Nicey,|
Biscuits come in nice bright packets, all red and yellow (which we retired publishers know are Colours That Sell).
These Oreo things come in dull blue and black packets. In Australia, at least. Other products that are offered in this way include (a) those loo-blue things you use to clean your toilet, (b) fly spray, and (c) rat poison.
Is there a message in this?
I am, Sir, your humble.
|Boy, are you rough on oreos. |
Once I waded through the political asides and anticapitolist rant, and got to the part where you think Americans are stupid & need directions to eat...what nonsense.
Oreos are fine with milk. At college, the lab rats would do anything for oreo soaked in milk. They have their uses.
But American kids grow up with other cookies, mostly homemade. Chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies, molasses cookies, snickerdoodles, etc.,and the bar cookies, lemon and date, etc. They are given away, served at pot luck suppers, sent to college kids and soldiers,
and exchanged at christmas. They are a treat. They are not steady diet item. Four would be enough for me and my three sons -- and no, we are not fat. We don't unscrew them, either, not that I can see it matters.
So get off your high horse, get past the politics, and eat an oreo. If you don't like it, fine. But the political baggage you have loaded on the poor oreo would stagger a pack mule.
Some fun you have here. "Nicey" you are not.
Caledonia, Illinois, USA
|Nicey replies: I don't recall saying anything about Americans being fat or stupid in the review, that would have been rude and demeaning. I certainly did eat some, as did my two sons, who unusually for them declined the offer of more despite drinking milk at the time.
I don't doubt for a minute that 'poor' Oreos can help be anything other than a huge imperial biscuit given the size of the US market and the market penetration it commands. So I think it can stand having some of its less pleasant facts discussed.
I dont' like oreos.
but stuck as i am in this barren bicuitless backwater usa, I have invented a use for them
I call it the "Oreo double double triple doublestuff"
|Nicey, Oreos are scrummy -- especially, as one person commented, with a big glass of milk. (Then again, I've got strong childhood associations with them, so perhaps I'm biased.) When I moved to the UK six years ago, I could only find Oreos at specialty importer shops in London (and also in Amsterdam). A few years ago, they started showing up in Sainsburys, and now they're in my local cornershop. Rejoice! The comments approving of Oreo milkshakes and Oreo McFlurries are spot-on; for a lovely dessert, crush a bunch of Oreos and fold into a combination of whipped cream and Devon custard. No, this isn't health food, but everything in moderation, right? For what it's worth, the eating instructions are less instructions and more marketing thing; in the US, much is made of the "proper" way to eat an Oreo -- same with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. You're quite correct, though, that the Oreos packaged in quantities of four do not constitute the typical American's idea of a single Oreo serving. When I reported to my best friend (a stunning, slim female) back in the US of this phenomenon of four packets of four Oreos per box, she replied in horror: "Sixteen Oreos in a box? I eat more than that in one sitting!" Indeed, Oreos in the US come in packaging consisting of four corrugated cardboard "sleeves," with each sleeve holding a row of about twenty or so Oreos. My friend and I agreed that one sleeve of Oreos seemed the proper quantity for consumption in one sitting, especially if you've been chucked.|
I can't believe I had so much to say about Oreos. For shame.
|Nicey, Oreos are icky. Especially when the filling is colored in seasonal themes, e.g., red for Christmas, orange for Halloween, green for St. Patricks Day. The true pinnacle of American commercial cookie/biscuit manufacturing is the Girl Scout Thin Mint. A thin round crispy chocolate-mint biscuit enrobed in a "chocolate" covering. They have been around for over 50 years, and represent 25% of all sales of Girl Scout cookies. Definitely a cult item. Very good frozen. They are currently on distribution this week and I have just received a box from my neighborhood Girl Scout. MMM! Girl Scout cookie history is at www.girlscouts.org, quite an interesting site. But not as entertaining as yours. Keep up the good work.|