Bright Ideas And A #FlashbackFriday

…go together like chocolate cookies sandwiching vanilla cream!

First Flashback Friday since July? This calls for a sweet treat, classic in any decade!

As I’m writing this article, I am nearing my lunchtime, which doesn’t include today’s product, but sounds appealing.

The real bright idea is that I watch what I eat, but temptation is always lurking around the corner, and in commercials! Case in point, 17-year-old me wanted a specific brand of peanut butter because Derek Jeter promoted it.

Today, we are taking a trip back to 1983, to a time where our Oreos came in two varieties – original and Double Stuffed. The cookies were only chocolate, the cream was always vanilla, and eating an Oreo however you chose (twisting the cookies and licking the cream, or eating them whole) could cause WIDE EYES!

And not just WIDE EYES, but creative ingenuity, fashion sense, euphoria, and Jaleel White.

Seriously, was he everywhere when he wasn’t playing a kid in those One to Grow On interstitials?

Today’s commercial features the popular sandwich cookie used not only as food, but for fun and unlocking the mysteries of the universe.

That’s the only way to describe WIDE EYES, friends.

From 1983, Bright Ideas always involve Oreo cookies!

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Such dramatic reactions to cookie eating!

And seriously, this kid!

His Oreos inspired him to building something AMAZING!

Oreo cookies have been part of our cookie-snacking consciousness since their introduction 110 years ago, in March 1912 as a product of Nabisco, with the brand currently owned by Mondelez International since 2012. Sold in over 100 countries, Oreo has its trademark OG flavor, along with limited edition and regular varieties to produce bright ideas with.

Oreo is one of the top brands of cookies in the United States, and the top brand on a global level. The name’s origins are unclear, but may derive from the French word for “Gold,” or the Greek word “Oreos,” meaning “attractive” or “nice.” Surprisingly, it was Nabisco’s imitation of Sunshine’s Hydrox cookies, which were introduced in 1908.

See, you come here to learn something interesting. The Hrydox came before the Oreo. Who would have thought?!

During the summer of 2003, I had this super lofty ambition to try every type of Oreo cookie on the market. And when you’re skinny, like I was 19 years ago, you can get away with delicious experimentation. That summer, I tried mint and peanut butter (loved both!). Later, when Golden and “Uh-Oh” Oreos were introduced, my mom bought them, and she has not stopped buying the Golden version (Especially the one with the lemon creme). Over the years, I’ve tried many of the limited version, including Blueberry Pie and Birthday Cake. There are flavors exclusive to certain countries, and ones that just sound…strange and unusual.

Like Mystery (Churro-flavored), Jelly Donut, and Hot Chicken Wing.

Yes, China answered the call to combine the taste of chicken with Oreos.

And yes, Wasabi was a “Bright Idea” in China as well.

I can’t even imagine what these taste like.

Anyway, as cookies go, the varieties are diverse and certainly cater to every taste. Except for Hot Chicken Wing and Wasabi. Those flavors never made it to the United States.

So, whether you dunk it, crunch it, or unscrew it, Oreo is always a bright idea in any snack time situation. It goes great with your imagination, and adds “yum” to your creation.

And if this is what you do with your Oreos…bonus points!



It is good to be back!

Have a fantastic Flashback Friday, and a great weekend!


  1. Glad you’re back! Mint Oreo’s are my favorite. The grossest flavor ever was the Swedish Fish Oreo. They had an endcap of them at my local store for .49 a package and it was there for a good long while. I finally bought a bag out of curiosity and they were so bad. By the way, despite Jeter’s endorsement, Jif was always the superior peanut butter.. extra crunchy.

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