They get dunked. They get twisted. They get dropped into dozens of recipes created just for them.
The Oreo turned 100 on Tuesday, giving fans of the crunchy, frosting-filled cookie a chance to reflect.
Why do they like the darn things so much?
You'll find Oreos in more than 100 countries. You can buy them next door in Canada. But apparently they're also big in China and Indonesia.
You're thinking: They'll never turn up in France, a country known for a sensitive palate. Wrong. Just got them.
On Facebook, Oreo has drawn more than 25 million fans. They're like a cookie Kardashian.
Global annual revenue? $1.5 billion. That's B, as in bucket loads.
Melissa Cole of Omaha has a theory about that popularity.
It's about contrasts, a cookie yin and yang. You've got the crunchy chocolate cookie outside. You've got a soft creamy vanilla inside.
Sounds simple enough.
Maybe it's the same reason people like sweet and sour pork, or a little salt on the edge of a margarita glass.
Contrast. Cole knows that when she has a bag of the cookies at home, look out.
"They don't last long,'' said Cole, a student in the Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha.
Cole likes Oreos best straight up. Just the cookie and a glass of whole milk. Skim is for wimps.
But the Internet is filled with all kinds of Oreo recipes.
You've got Oreo Cookie Salad, a little dish that includes 21 Double Stuf Oreos, two boxes of vanilla pudding and 16 ounces of frozen whipped topping.
Not recommended if you're trying to get swimsuit-ready.
Don't forget about Oreo Cookie Freak Out. Toss in a dozen Oreos, 16 ounces of fudge topping and, of course, frozen whipped topping.
Frozen whipped topping seems to be a common thread in a lot of Oreo recipes, but that's a whole other story.
You also can make other cookies out of an Oreo, like some kind of baking genetics.
We're talking things like Oreo Cookie Balls. We're talking Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, basically an Oreo baked inside a chocolate chip cookie.
Oddly, neither recipe calls for whipped topping.
In maybe one of the strongest testaments to the cookie, brides will even order Oreo cake for a tier of their wedding cake.
Forget the keg of Bud for the reception. Bring on the milk.
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