The 1910's
The Oreo Is Here to Stay

The Oreo Is Here to Stay
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     challenging words:    snickerdoodles, tiresome, billion, colored, supermarket, tested, disks, ought, public, mystery, beginning, form, waking, birth, whenever, since
     content words:    National Biscuit Company, Biscuit Company, Double Stuf Oreos

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The Oreo Is Here to Stay
By Jane Runyon

1     There are lots of different kinds of cookies. There are chocolate chip. There are sugar cookies. There are snickerdoodles. But the most popular selling cookie of all time is the Oreo cookie. Over three hundred sixty-two billion Oreo cookies have been sold since it was first introduced to the public in 1912.
2     The National Biscuit Company was formed in 1898. Several smaller companies merged together to form this large company. The leaders of the company figured that having to say National Biscuit Company whenever the business was discussed might get tiresome. They took the "Na" from National, the "bis" from Biscuit, and the "co" from Company to make the new word Nabisco. They felt that this was a name that people could easily remember.
3     In 1902, Nabisco created its first big selling item. They made small cookies in the shapes of animals. They packaged these cookies in a box that looked like the animal cage you might see at a circus. They put a string across the top of the box to form a handle. This handle made it very easy to hang the box of animal cookies on a Christmas tree. Children loved waking up Christmas morning to find a box of these treats hanging on their tree.

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