Did I get your attention?
This, according to Wikipedia, is an Oreo cookie.
I love Oreos. Don’t they just look so divine?
They’re my favourite cookie. I like the original chocolate Oreos the most, the ones with the white “cream” filling, I don’t like the vanilla or milk chocolate ones. These new fangled things are all so disappointing…
Anyhoodle. They’ve changed their packaging. Where they used to pack the cookies in packs of four- inside a plain foil bag, four bags to a box- the foil bag has now been replaced with a branded foil bag.
So, I happened to notice something- whilst carefully pulling them apart and eating the icing off the inside and then putting them gently back together and to one side to enjoy the delicious chocolaty taste once I had scraped all 4 cookies clean- that the cookie I held in my hand did not look anything like the one in the picture on the bag in front of me! I put it aside and took the next one out of the bag.
Same thing… And the next and the next and the next!
I never noticed before!!!
My exhaustive and intensive (and exceptionally filling) research has forced me to go through no less than 2 boxes of Oreos- though I had some help from Damien and a couple of colleagues.
Here are my findings. Whilst the crunchy chocolate biscuit part of this classic sandwich cookie remains delicious and VERY more-ish and divine when dunked in ice-cold milk… most of the time the biscuit is not even round- nor is it nearly as thick as the one in the picture. I estimate it is an average of about 2mm thinner than advetrtised, that’s a lot of cookie when you calculate the circumference. The icing inside never EVER covers the cookie enough to go to the edge- and if it did it’d be WAAAY too thin to scrape off with your teeth. And I dare you to try and lick it off like they do in the adverts (twist-lick-dunk).
I even went to the lengths of emailing Kraft, the manufacturers of the Oreo cookie, to ask them why they were so very different… needless to say I have not heard from them.
And what infuriates me, is that this deceit doesn’t stop with the humble Oreo. ALL cookies… Lemon Creams, Romany Creams, wafers… anything with a filling has less than it used to- it seems food manufacturers have taken a leaf out of American Airlines book (when they cut one olive from each salad and saved millions) but have taken everything to the ultimate extreme. Even the coke can that South Africans have been used to getting 340ml out of forever and ever is now only 330ml, and this started with the gas shortage in December 2006. Was there an announcement, or a warning, that you’d be paying the same price for less coke? Can you imagine how much money they made off this change?
And EVERYTHING has shrunk whilst the prices go up. Did you know bread was supposed to be a minimum of 800g/ loaf a few years back- and they tested several manufacturers who came up short… now they have to put the weight on the bag and they are usually about 600g now. There are fewer sheets on a toilet roll than there were 15 years ago- but they cost more!
You wanna know the worst part?
We just accept it an carry on…