Oreo vs. Hydrox


If you haven’t yet seen the “things white people like,” website – well it’s probably best not to admit it to anyone and just sneak a peek here. The unavoidable “things Jewish people like” spin-offs (here and here) are pretty great too – not surprisingly, “buffets” top the list.

One of the lists claims that Jewish people like “taking sides on the Hydrox/Oreo debate.” Yeah…yeah, it’s true.

Any Jewish child reared in the 1980s (and likely the 1970s, but I can’t vouch for that) can remember the plate of Hydrox cookies that graced the shul social hall after services. They sat there stoically, the stand-in for their more popular, but lard-filled cousins, Oreos. Hydrox reigned the kiddush table until Oreos ditched the pig fat and got kosher certification in the late 1990s. Twas the touch of death for Hydrox, which was discontinued in 2003.

Still, some nostalgic Jewish cookie lovers insist that the Hydrox is a superior cookie that simply got a bum deal. Personally, although I do have a soft spot for Oreos (I’ve been known to eat half a bag in times of emotional trauma – a practice I don’t recommend!), I’ll generally take an organic Newman O (mint flavored) over an Oreo any day. What about you? Which chocolate sandwich cookie – past or present – tugs on your Jewish heartstrings?

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22 Responses to “Oreo vs. Hydrox”

  1. CPO Says:

    Honestly, I grew up in a non-kosher house so when I finally encountered Hydrox I thought they were some kind of brand-x knock-off. Newman’s O is a good call.

  2. Larry Lennhoff Says:

    I used to adore FFV (Famous Foods of Virginia) peanut butter sandwich cookies – a layer of peanut butter between two thin peanut cookies and the whole thing dipped in chocolate. The Girl Scouts have an approximate equivalent.

    ObJewish: A gentile friend of mine once boasted he was related to the FFV (First Families of Virginia). I told him I wasn’t impressed – I was a member of a hereditary caste that stretched back 3500 years.

  3. rachel b. Says:

    i love those nature’s path or nature’s way brand oreos in the purple box. those are GOOD.

  4. Naomi Says:

    I was surprised to see Hydrox at ShopRite the other day, in ‘vintage’-style packaging. I had thought they were defunct. Why would they be coming back now?

  5. MsDrPepper Says:

    Heh, I can vouch for Hydrox being the ONLY kosher cookie we could eat growing up as a child in the 1960′s, so yea, all through the 70′s as well. I’m not “Jewish” in the purest sense, but was raised Kosher. So now we have Hydrox back in our mists, yaaaaaay!! To quote Bob Dylan – (who’s family is Jewish, btw) – “We would not be so all alone…every body MUST GET STONED!!” (okay so I was looking for someone else’s Hydrox blog after just polishing off the last remaining cookies in this bag of Hydrox cookies I got earlier this week.). Shalom!

  6. Rabbi's Wife Says:

    Aren’t Hydrox Pareve and Oreos Dairy (not CY)? Doesn’t that make this argument moot?

  7. hart Says:

    Hydrox cookies have TRANSFAT in them. This is a good reason NOT to eat them. Oreo’s do not have transfat. So, nostalgia is good, but the transfat blast from the past (in Hydrox) is not.

  8. Michael Says:

    As a non-kosher gentile who could eat either, I preferred Hydrox. The taste was more 3-dimensional versus the sometimes cardboardy Oreos. I thought that at some point, they tinkered with the Hydrox recipe (or my taste buds just changed.) I wish I could find a place that had the old Hydrox near me!

  9. evaluntah Says:

    I was never a fan of Hydrox or Oreos…and then I discovered JoJo’s from Trader Joe’s…in all those twisted Oreo flavahs too. They are amazingly addictive. I especially like the ones they do for Hanukkah with peppermint candies crushed up inside? Wait, what do you mean it’s not for Hanukkah?

  10. Richard Says:

    Your “print this post” buttons don’t work.

  11. Sara Says:

    Hydrox frozen!! It was the only way to go. My Aunt Millie’s house was Kosher and since she was the maven on all things food, all the cousins ate Hydrox. I always preferred them to Oreos cause it was all I knew and I only knew them frozen.

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