All For The Cookie: The Oreo's Greatest Pop Culture Moments

All For The Cookie: The Oreo's Greatest Pop Culture Moments


This month marks the 98th anniversary of the Oreo. Created back in March of 1912, over 491 billion Oreo cookies have been sold since then—that's more white stuff than Rae and Ghost, The Clipse, and Officer Ricky's fantasies combined. Besides filling our stomachs, "America's Favorite Cookie" has filled up the pop culture universe. It has been everywhere, from in between our teeth to political talk shows and the weird world of Weird Al Yankovic parodies. Continue on to see the ads, recipe innovations, and cases where "Milk's Favorite Cookie" was served with a heaping helping of 'cism rather than con leche.

double stuff oreos

OREO INTRODUCES THE DOUBLE STUFF, 1975
• In 1975, Nabisco gave us Americans what we really needed—same great Oreo taste, double the filling. They know us too well—we just can't ever get enough of that creamy white stuff! Ayo!

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WEIRD AL YANKOVIC, "THE WHITE STUFF," DECEMBER 1990
• You're not officially a piece of pop culture until you're name-dropped in a Weird Al parody. Yankovic went above and beyond with this tribute, giving all the reason we love the Oreo to the tune of New Kids on the Block's "You Got It (The Right Stuff)."

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halloween oreo

HOLIDAY EDITIONS, 1991
• Nabisco let everyone know to respect their conglomerate, infiltrating the gimmicky but lucrative holiday-themed market. They hit us with the Halloween treat (above) in 1991, and busted out the Christmas joints for 1995. Best. Gift. Ever.

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mcflurry

OREO MOVES TO THE MCFLURRY, 1997
• Oreo partnered with the all-American institution that is McDonald's to bring us the McFlurry in 1997. Oreos and ice cream were common by then, but the 24-hour Mickey D's drive-thru completely changed the game for McFiends like us who chronically crave dessert at 2:47 a.m.

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MICHAEL STEELE MOCKED WITH OREOS October, 2002
• There are conflicting reports on what exactly went down, but the story goes that Republican Michael Steele was mocked with, and even pelted with, Oreos. All "he makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X" comments were made off the record.

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RANDY JACKSON OREO COMMERCIAL, MAY 2006
• In this tasteless Oreo commercial, Randy Jackson is less than subtly being called "black on the outside, white on the inside." You mean all the "dawg" references and bass-playing for Journey weren't a sign that he's not down?

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glenn beck

GLENN BECK IS "MR. OREO COOKIE" JANUARY, 2007
• We all know the shock jock has a history of shoving more foot in his mouth than cream filling, but back in 2007, when he worked at CNN, he really did it, when, at the height of the Duke lacrosse scandal (and on MLK Day), he declared himself "Mr. Oreo Cookie" to illustrate that he knows how blacks are feeling. Sorry, how the brothaman feels.

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Obama

LIMBAUGH CALLS OBAMA AN OREO, 2009
• It happened various times throughout the 2008 campaign, but Barry O's best buddy Rush Limbaugh takes the cookie for shouting Obama out as an "Oreo" in 2009 on his radio show. Because we all know middle aged white men are the experts on who's black enough..

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THE WILLIAMS SISTERS VS. MANNING BROTHERS AD, JANUARY 2008
• Not even being paired with America's Favorite Cookie could save the Manning brothers from looking like all-star cornballs as they hungrily licked off all that cream. Stick to the Gatorade commercials...

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fudge oreo

FUDGE COVERED, 1987
• Nabisco has been switching up the formula since sometime in the 1920s with the lemon filling, but since they covered Oreos in fudge in '87, the game has never been the same. With mint, white, and chocolate fudge, 'Bisco has hit us with with more styles and flavors than the Wu—only none is as disappointing as a U-God solo album.

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