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Are Oreos Black or Brown?

“We do not have a color assigned to the cookie portion of an Oreo.”

First it was the color of the dress, then it was the Yanni v. Laurel debate, now we’re talking about Oreo cookies. Think about this…what color are the cookie portions? 

Brown?

or

Black?

Thrillist writes, “I’ve always thought the cookie part of the Oreo was black. You probably do too. I’ve tasted just about every Oreo cookie ever created. I’ve loved Oreo cookies since I was a kid. But guess what? Some people think the cookie is brown. To me, that’s like waking up to the news that the world has decided that the Pink Power Ranger is now actually Fuchsia. No. No it is not.”

You don’t know either do you!? It turns out, neither does Oreo. There’s a debate going on right now on social media, after someone noticed a line on the official Oreo website from their parent company Mondelez.

“We do not have a color assigned to the cookie portion of an Oreo.  Some people think the Oreo is a shade of brown, while others view the color closer to black.”

So which is it really?  Well, they’re made from cocoa beans, which are brown.  But the cocoa is processed with alkali, which darkens the powder a LOT . . . in fact, cocoa powder with alkali is called “black cocoa powder.”

So the answer is…there is no answer. What do you think?

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