A nod to the Oreo on its 100th birthday

WASHINGTON – Today, the Oreo cookie turns 100 years old.

It’s hard to imagine life without the cookie, as most people weren’t alive before its 1912 debut. That same year, the Titanic sank, the Girl Scouts began and the Maraschino cherry was introduced.

Mallomars followed one year later.

In the century since, Oreos have become America’s top-selling cookie, with more than 362 billion sold.

The first sale of Oreo cookies was made to a grocer in Hoboken, N.J.m according to The New York Times,.

From there, the Oreo didn’t change much until 1975, when Double Stuf Oreos were first introduced. After that came Fudge covered Oreos, Halloween Oreos and Christmas Oreos.

In celebration of the centennial, the brand’s present owner, Kraft Foods, is selling special limited edition batch of birthday Oreos, complete with sprinkles inside the cream.

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