As I hurried through HyVee last Friday, I grabbed a package of Oreos without thinking twice before heading to the check out. Once I got home, the happiness surrounding this package of heaven was soon shattered when I realized I had grabbed the single stuffed Oreos instead of double stuffed.
This would probably be disappointing for anyone, but the fact that I am eight and a half months pregnant turned this simple mistake into pretty much the worst thing that has ever happened to me. (I’m not exaggerating.)
I do not consider myself a cookie connoisseur by any means, nor do I normally buy Oreos—that is my husband’s field of expertise. But, I like to think I know what good quality is since I’m great at eating cookies. Now, because I was desperate for a cookie in the midst of my cravings, I valiantly ate the single stuffed Oreos thinking they honestly wouldn’t be that different from my normal Oreo choice. However, the entire time I could only think about two things: why I was settling for a less-than-perfect Oreo, and why these cookies were still in production.
From telling my story throughout the week, I came to the overwhelming consensus that most people prefer double stuffed Oreos, no matter the flavor. So I started thinking that there had to be a reason besides consumer preference that Nabisco has kept the original Oreos around for all these years. But there really isn’t… at least a rational one.
Original Oreos are the same price as double stuffed, so there is no economic advantage to choosing or producing the lesser cookie. Original Oreos also fall apart and crumble easier since there is less cream to hold the cookie sandwich together, so there is no utility advantage. The packaging is exactly the same as the other types of Oreos, so there are no cost-cutting incentives for Nabisco. Original Oreos are also roughly the same calories, 53 vs. 70, so there is no real nutritional advantage either.
So then what is the purpose of these horrible demon cookies? Is it to retain the nostalgic effect, or are they used as low-cost torture devices?
Maybe there are people who enjoy a single stuffed Oreo, but to me, “double stuffed” is the normal Oreo. For this reason, I think we, Missouri Western, should take responsibility of our cookie needs and protest Nabisco to make double stuffed the standard Oreo; America’s future, and the emotional stability of pregnant women everywhere, depend on it.