With so many wacky food-themed national days out there, such as National Chocolate Cake Day (January 27), National Bologna Day (October 24), and National Vanilla Cupcake Day (November 10), it makes sense that there’s also a National Oreo Day. This March, celebrate Oreo’s birthday by biting into “milk’s favorite cookie”.
For over 100 years, Oreo cookies have been enjoyed in households the world over. First introduced as the “Oreo biscuit” in 1912, Oreos has since become one of the most beloved cookies in the world with many millions consumed every year.
National Oreo Day falls on March 6, and is the only day dedicated to enjoying world-famous Oreo cookies. Whether you want to find out more about National Oreo Day, or simply want a new excuse for going out and shopping for another bag of delicious Oreo cookies, this article is for you. In it, we dig deep to discover everything there is to know about this cherished cookie.
What is National Oreo Day
Celebrated annually on March 6, National Oreo Day is a day meant to celebrate Oreos, an American cookie produced by Nabisco and Cadbury. In case you didn’t already know, Oreos consist of two thin chocolate biscuits with sweet cream filling between them. Together, the ingredients form a “sandwich” cookie, which is the distinguishing mark of an Oreo.
Today, Oreos are the best-selling cookie in the United States and are sold in over 100 other countries around the globe. It is no wonder, then, that National Oreo Day is marked down on our calendars in appreciation of these chewy, delicious chocolate and cream delights.
Why is National Oreo Day on March 6?
National Oreo Day falls on March 6 because that is the anniversary of the first Oreo cookie ever sold. On March 6, 1912, the first Oreo was sold in Hoboken, New Jersey and quickly became a local hit. Six days later, “Oreo” became a registered trademark and was embossed with the distinctive Oreo pattern design on the top biscuit layer.
It is a little-known fact that March 6 is also basketball star Shaquille O’Neal’s birthday, who has become a brand ambassador for Oreos. The 7-foot tall NBA Hall of Famer started working for Oreo in September 2010 as a contestant in Double Stuf Racing League (DSRL), Oreo’s online racing game.
Beginning with National Oreo Day 2016, Oreo and Shaquille O’Neal began giving out one million Oreo Bars as part of Cadbury’s marketing campaign #OREOBirthdayGiveaway. In Atlanta Georgia, Shaq personally hands out Oreo-branded chocolate bars to ordinary folks on the street. The Oreo giveaway event has occurred every year since.
The History of the Oreo
You can’t celebrate National Oreo Day without first understanding a little bit about its history. After first being sold for a quarter per pound in the early 1910s, the National Biscuit Company changed the name of the “Oreo Biscuit” to the Oreo Sandwich. After several revamped designs and recipes, the final version of the Oreo that we know and love debuted in 1948.
Many varieties of Oreos have emerged over the years, with most of them dying out after a short trial run. Some of the short-lived Oreo variations include the Football Oreo, which released in 1976, and Oreo Minis, which came out in 1991. Additionally, funkier varieties like Gingerbread Oreos and Lemon Twist Oreos have sporadically been released in a limited-edition capacity.
The classic Oreo cookies that we know and love today are made of a simple recipe that has lasted for generations, with only minor tweaks. At present, Oreo cookies are made of chocolate, cocoa, high oleic canola oil, cornstarch, salt, soy lecithin, vanillin, leavening agent, unbleached enriched flour, and sugar.
How to Celebrate This Year's National Oreo Day
We know what you are probably thinking—how can I celebrate National Oreo Day? The truth is, there are countless ways to celebrate National Oreo Day if you are truly a fan of their cookies. All you need is a little creativity and a big appetite. To get you started, we came up with a few sweet ideas for letting loose this National Oreo Day.
Throw an Oreo-Themed Party
Do you like to party? Does the thought of bumping music, a crammed dancefloor, and mountains of Oreo cookies make your mouth water with delight? If so, you might want to throw an awesome Oreo-themed party. Next March 6, invite all your friends over and get ready to dance because Oreo parties are sure to be a major hit.
To throw a stellar Oreo party, make sure you stock up on Oreos of all varieties. Or, if you are on a strict budget, make it a BYOO party—bring your own Oreos! If drinks are going to be served at this party, having Oreos around is a great idea because Oreos complement most beverages, from cocktails to ice cold beers.
For a hit Oreo party, you need to make sure that stocking your pad with Oreo cookies is your priority. However, you can go the extra mile by adding Oreo-inspired decorations such as plush pillows and blow-up toys. You can even dress up as an Oreo with one of the many Oreo costumes found online.
Have an Oreo Tasting
You have probably heard of a wine tasting, but have you heard of an Oreo tasting? Truth be told, a good pair of Oreo cookies beats a fancy shmancy glass of wine anyway. If you want to celebrate National Oreo Day with a veneer of class, we recommend hosting an Oreo tasting party.
On this occasion, invite your friends and family members over for drinks. However, the focus of the social gathering should be around the Oreo cookies and not the beverages. You might want to shop for all the different Oreo cookie products available in stores, such as Golden Oreos and “Double Stuf” Oreos, so you can offer variety to your guests.
While gathered around the table, bring out the Oreo cookies on a platter. Have your guests taste test one cookie each, and take turns commenting on what they think of it. Do this for multiple rounds, or “courses”, to see which type of Oreo cookie your guests like the most. For a bit of extra fun, have your guests do a blind taste test while wearing a blindfold!
Host an Oreo Birthday
If you or a loved one are born on or around March 6, you can celebrate your birthday and Oreo’s birthday with an Oreo-themed birthday party. This is an especially great idea if you have young children that like Oreo cookies. For a party like this, you will want to deck out the house with Oreo decorations and have plenty of Oreo cookies for snacks.
If you want to kick things up a notch, you can make a homemade Oreo piñata for the guests to swat at. Afterwards, invite the guests back inside for some Oreo-flavored cake and maybe a scoop or two of Oreo ice cream.
Bake Imitation Oreos
When it comes to Oreos, nothing beats the real deal. Opening a fresh store-bought bag of Oreos and dunking them in a tall, refreshing glass of milk is a great way to treat yourself after a long day at work. But did you know that you can make homemade Oreo cookies as well? While they might not be as tasty as the real stuff, they can still taste fantastic if done right.
All you must do is look up a thin chocolate biscuit recipe. Then, add a tablespoon of homemade or ready-made baking creme on top of one of the biscuits before flattening another biscuit overtop. And there you have it, you’ve made a wonderful homemade Oreo cookie. If you ask us, there’s hardly a more productive way to spend National Oreo Day than that.
Bring Them in to Work
If you want a surefire way to win over the admiration of your coworkers and colleagues, try bringing in a bag of Oreo cookies this National Oreo Day. Make sure it is a surprise, and that you bring in some drinks to go with it. After everyone has a bite of your delicious cookies, you will have all but guaranteed to have made some new office friends.
Kick Back and Relax
Sometimes all we want to do after a long day is come home and veg out for a while. On National Oreo Day, what better way to kick back and chill out than to grab a bag of Oreos and a glass of milk?
Go All-Out For Oreos
The truth is that you don’t need to go all-out for National Oreo Day. In fact, all you have to do is enjoy Oreos in your way—whether that involves snacking on only one or two or sharing the whole bag with your friends and family.