The famous Sandwich cookie, the Oreo, is America’s and the world’s most popular biscuit and 450 billion of them have been sold since their introduction in 1912. And they were first made in NYC.
They were introduced to the world by Nabisco Biscuit factory which in those days was at Ninth Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets. These days what was originally the Nabisco factory’s loading dock houses the Chelsea Market which among other things sells delicious food of many kinds.
The rise and rise of the Oreo, a cookie made up of 2 baked chocolate cookies with a white creamy filling in the middle was actaully a bit of New York skulduggery. The Nabsico Biscuit Factory filched the idea and recipe for the biscuit from the Sunshine Biscuit Company, changed enough about it so it wasn’t an exact copy and marketed it so successfully that it became what it is today.
The modern Oreo has been modifed to replace the lard that used to be part of the original recipe so it was acceptable to those who only eat kosher food and to vegans. And in more modern times it has been modified to abolish trans fats.
Oreo’s have been around so long there is a whole light hearted controversy embedded in the American psyche around the best way to eat it. The cookie is now manufactured by Kraft who bought out the original compan many, many moons ago. However whichever way you look at it the Oreo is one of the greatest New York triumphs of all time.