May 14, 2014 – The cookie seems to be the popular choice of young and old alike when it comes to a sweet snack.
The tasty confection originated in Persia sometime in the first century. Bakers used small amounts of cake batter to check the temperature of the oven for larger cakes, and called them “koekjes”, meaning little cake.
Here are other interesting facts about cookies:
- The world’s most popular cookie (according to Nabisco) is the Oreo, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Would it surprise to you learn that the Oreo is actually an imitator to another famous sandwich cookie? Oreos hit the shelves in 2012, four years after Sunshine’s Hydrox cookie rolled out in 1908. Oreo, however, dominated the market and Sunshine stopped making Hydrox in 2003.
- Nabisco also holds the second spot on the most popular cookie list with their Chips Ahoy brand. After Oreo and Chips Ahoy, other popular cookies on that list include Pepperidge Farm Milanos, Little Debbie Nutty Bars and Oatmeal Creams, and Nabisco Nilla Vanilla Wafers.
- Thin Mints are the most popular type of Girl Scout cookie. It is estimated that nearly 200 million boxes of all flavors Girl Scout cookies are sold every year averaging $700 million, with thin mints resulting in 25% of those sales.
- The chocolate chip cookie (the Cookie Monster’s favorite) was accidentally created by Ruth Wakefield. She ran out of chocolate when making her famous butter drop cookies that she served in her Massachusetts restaurant, and used semi-sweet chocolate bits instead, creating the first Toll House Cookie.
- An estimated 7 billion cookies are consumed in the U.S. every year; in their lifetime, the average American eats about 35,000 cookies.
- Although the Chinese are most associated with the fortune cookie, the treat was actually created in Japan, where it was known as a cracker.
My favorites include the many varieties baked by my neighbor every Christmas. She is no longer with us, but her daughter (and my friend, Kathy) carries on the tradition every year.