Today is the day to dish out the glasses of milk, throw on the party hats, and honk on the noisemakers: March 6th, 2012 marks Oreo’s 100th anniversary and birthday! After seeing the giant Oreo birthday billboard advertisement in the Eaton Centre last week, I knew I couldn’t let the day go by without a special post devoted solely to the humble yet wildly popular Oreo cookie. Few foods have remained as iconic in the pop culture arena for as long as the Oreo and the fact that we are celebrating its 100th birthday speaks to its nostalgia, its universal appeal, and its capacity to weather cultural storms. The Oreo has survived world wars, economic depression, changes in technology, and no doubt, countless competitive attempts at cookie de-throning. And yet here we are saluting the sweet, creamy cookie sandwich that has spawned a thosuand and one creative, imaginative, and delicious dessert spin-offs, reinventions, and variations!
This is a huge milestone and I intend to celebrate Oreo’s 100th year of cookie and cream greatness in grand style. Throughout the next year, I’ll be featuring Oreo desserts of all kinds in honour of its 100th birthday and I am so excited to get started on this new series! I’ll be posting about different Oreo desserts around the city, Oreo recipes and posts from fellow bloggers, Oreo anniversary news (there’s expected to be a multitude of special Oreo products being released and introduced to the masses as the months go on in celebration of the milestone anniversary), and some special Oreo recipe surprises of my own that I’ve been working on.
I’ll be writing up a separate post solely devoted to this, but I wanted to give everyone a heads up now: I’ll be collecting photos and recipes of everyone’s homemade Oreo desserts and baked goods on a continuing basis to feature on the blog as guest posts, so if you have something you want to share and if you want to be a part of the series, send me an e-mail at perky_peach AT hotmail DOT com and we’ll get this Oreo party started!
If you’re a cupcake lover, there are plenty of cupcakeries in the city that offer Oreo cupcakes and they’re all special and delicious in their own way. Some of them have crushed Oreo crumbs sprinkled on the frosting, some have Oreo baked right into the cupcake, and some go the triple threat route, offering Oreo in every inch of the cupcake! Short & Sweet Cupcakes offers the ‘One Hundred and One’ Oreo cupcake and if you’re looking for an extra boost of chocolate, the bakery sells packages of chocolate covered Oreos sprinkled with colorful funfetti sprinkles or drizzled in white chocolate.
Off the top of my head, other cupcake bakeries that offer Oreo varieties include Designer Cookie Boutique and Bake Shop, For the Love of Cake, Flour Studio, The Cupcakery, and Prairie Girl Bakery as one of their special Treats of the Week. Aside from the cupcake craziness, there are lots of Oreo pies, cakes, bars, and confections to enjoy (the Oreo cream bar cake from Sobeys supermarket is one of my favourite Oreo desserts of all-time!), so I’m anticipating one very tasty, delightful year ahead of me.
Whether you’re a diehard McDonalds Oreo McFlurry fan (you know who you are!), an Oreo cupcake inhaler, or just an Oreo eating maven (Do you twist? Do you dunk? Do you spread peanut butter on it? Do you shove the whole thing in your mouth?!), the Oreo holds a special place in many of our hearts. This is going to be so much fun, everyone, and I can’t wait to see what the series will bring throughout the year!
Oreo cupcake photos taken, top to bottom: Sobeys supermarket, Short & Sweet Cupcakes, Designer Cookie Boutique and Bake Shop, and Short & Sweet Cupcakes.