Happy Birthday, Oreos! Why do you taste so good with milk?

You’ve probably heard: its Oreo Cookie’s birthday! Hurray for those blessed little discs of transfats and chocolate flavour. Speaking for myself, I can say they’re one of the few indulgences of childhood that I still find myself craving all the time.

But not really Oreos: Oreos and milk, or I’ll go without, thank you. There is just nothing like the proper distribution of milk inside of the cookie part of the Oreo to warm my heart. But why?

Well, as it turns out, fat is not just something that “goes with the territory.” In fact, fat is a flavour, not simply an ingredient like flour or even eggs. While most of us grew up being told that there were only four flavours: salt, sweet, bitter and sour. But science is revealing more flavours including the ubiquitously-foodie “ummami,” or the rich earthy flavour you get from mushrooms.

And yes, it turns out that there is still another taste – fat. It has a flavour and one that is missing from Oreos without the milk. So you see: if you’ve been eating Oreos without milk, you have been eating them dead-wrong. Which leads me to suspect your palate is unrefined. Sorry.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.