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Oreo Instinct, part One

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The first time I ever gave my daughter Betsy, now three and a half, an Oreo cookie, she pulled it apart, licked the center clean of icing, and then ate each half cookie separately.  I was baffled.  This is a kid who’s never seen a commercial for Oreos in her life, nor had she ever seen anyone eat one.  “Another,” she declared.  I gave her one.  The same process ensued, after which, with some cajoling, she drank the rest of her milk, and left.  An ordinary snack time experience, but one worth considering; why do young humans explore, and old ones accept?  What makes us bite into the cookie instead of pulling it apart? 


Written by Jen Szymanski

June 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm

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  1. Hahahaha! Awwwww! Aside from the fact that she’s adorable, I have to think Betsy has inherited the “Oreo Eating Instinct” from somewhere….Is that a nature thing, or nurture thing?


    June 22, 2008 at 8:03 pm

  2. So, this is an international phenomenon. One of my coworker’s children are staying at the office. They’re indigenous people and from the mountains and have certainly never seen an Oreo commercial before. I gave the little boy one of my Presto Creams (Pinoy generic sandwich cookies) and he promptly took it apart and consumed the inside separate from the cookie part. When I asked him if it was tasty he looked at me with the international expression for ‘duh’.


    June 29, 2008 at 9:56 am

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