The year was 1912. The year started off on a busy note. In January John Langalibalele Dube founded the ANC in Bloemfontein. In April the Titanic struck an iceberg in the Atlantic and sunk. During the same year the Girl Scout were founded, the first parachute jump from a flying plane happened and Casimir Funk identified vitamins. It was also the year that the National Biscuit Company (today known as Nabisco) launched Oreo cookies.
A sandwich cooking consisting of 2 chocolate wafers with a sweet crème filling. No one is sure where the name comes from. However, Oreos are available in over 100 countries and an estimated 20 million Oreo cookies are consumed per day.
There have been many disagreements about the best way to eat Oreos. Dunk them in milk whole or the classic “Twist, Lick, Dunk Ritual” No matter which method you prefer, over 362 billion Oreo cookies have been sold since it was first introduced in 1912, making it the best-selling cookie of the 20th century.
Besides eating them, there are recipes galore on how to use Oreos in cakes, milkshakes, and desserts. Naturally there is also a National Oreo Cookie Day… March 6.
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Pairing Oreos with some whisky
I wanted to look at a grown up way to appreciate these delicious cookies. We ate many packets of Oreos when we were climbing around Mount Baker in the United States, so this cookie for me, will always have memories of tents on snow and mountaintops when I taste it. A quick Google search indicated that there are quite a few Oreo pairings with bourbon.
During September, I tried plenty of Bourbons, so it was time to looked around for something else. I decided to pair the Oreos with a dram that was aged in an American Oak / Bourbon cask, that might have a few of the characteristics of bourbon. One of my favourite finds for 2016 is the Scottish Cousin 8 yo.
It was aged in Bourbon and my tasting notes for this release from the Four Cousins included fresh fruit, oak, roasted nuts and sugar sweetness wonderfully balanced with that rich bourbon vanilla taste.
My instincts on this pairing were spot-on. This fruity sweet whisky with its vanilla and cinnamon spiciness worked wonderful with the Oreo cookies. A bit of liquid sunshine mixed with chocolate goodness. And you can decide for yourself. Do you “Dunk and Eat” or keep to the classical “Twist, Lick, Dunk Ritual”? None of it matters when you have it all in your mouth. Sit back, relax and enjoy some a bit of paradise.
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