The Oreo code: American vs. Canadian cookies
Very important, serious research happens in our offices. It’s not all fun and cottages.
An American expat I know insists that US Oreos are distinct from Canadian, so I brought two bags in to the office, one from each country, for a tasting.
Gary Davidson, art director of explore, focused on the visual differences:
In Canada they sometimes call them ORFO’s.
The US OREO has some strange horizontal lines above the oval…perhaps a secret society symbol.
They both look the same once bitten.
Vicki Hornsby, Cottage Life‘s associate art director, took notes on flavour and structural discrepancies:
The American version, more fragrant.
No discernable difference in appearance out of the package. They have different textures on the underside, to grab the filling (Cdn is zigzagged, American is more of a cable-knit idea.) Pull-apart-ability: equal.
Satisfying lump of filling maintains its shape. Same amount in both..
Can taste: sugary
Am taste: deeper oreo notes
I’m liking the american one better.
After Vicki deciphered the mysterious symbol—”That’s the Nabisco logo”—Gary felt the need to delve deeper: