The Skinny on Oreos

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The Skinny on Oreos

July 8, 2015

The Oreo, that famous sandwich of chocolate cookie and white icing, has been around for more than 100 years. And yet the folks who make them keep thinking up new ways to make the Oreo exciting. We’ve had the Double-Stuf, we’ve had Oreos in different colors…now they’re serving up skinny Oreos. These new cookies have the same balance of chocolate cookie to cream as a regular Oreo, but all the layers are thinner. In fact, the new cookie is only about 2/3 as thick. It’s meant to feel more grown-up, but we think kids are going to like them, too.

Wee ones: If you eat a thin Oreo, then a regular Oreo, then a thin, then a regular…which cookie comes next?

Little kids: If you grab 10 thin Oreos at a time until you have 50, what numbers do you say to count them off?  Bonus: They say 1/2 of all people pull apart their Oreos to eat them. If you and 7 friends are eating Oreos and 1/2 of the group does that, how many kids is that?

Big kids: If 3 thin Oreos are the same as 2 regular ones, then 30 thin Oreos are the same as how many regular ones?  Bonus: Which gives you more to eat, a stack of 15 thin Oreos or 9 regulars?




Wee ones: A thin Oreo.

Little kids: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50.  Bonus: 4 kids, since there are 8 of you in total.

Big kids: 20 regular Oreos.  Bonus: The 15 thins, since they would be the same as 10 regulars.

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Laura Overdeck

Laura Overdeck

Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation. Her goal is to make math as playful for kids as it was for her when she was a child. Her mom had Laura baking before she could walk, and her dad had her using power tools at a very unsafe age, measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process. Armed with this early love of numbers, Laura went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; she continues to star-gaze today. Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, extreme vehicles, and Lego Mindstorms.

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