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To See the World Through Jewish Eyes

Thursday, 11 September 2008

I thought that Monopoly was the American version of Monopol.
I thought that Mother Goose nursery rhymes was the American version of Mother Goose for Jewish Children.

mother goose
And I thought that Oreos were the ersatz version of Hydrox.

Yes, I really did see the world through Jewish eyes. (And I even had an LP by that title to prove it!)

You see, Oreos weren’t kosher when I was young. At some point, they replaced the always-suspicious sounding “animal shortening” with “beef shortening.” Since there was a dairy byproduct listed, however, the move away from pork didn’t really deal with the kashrut issue.

Then the unthinkable happened! In the late ’90’s, Nabisco changed the recipe and received ksoher certification. The forbidden fruit was no longer verbotten.

And though a connection has never been officially confirmed, within just a few short years, Hydrox cookies were discontinued.

Good news! As of right now, Hydrox are back on the shelves. In honour of the 100th birthday of Hydrox (which predated Oreos by a good solid four years), Kellogg’s is resurrecting this AWESOME cookie.

Welcome Back!

Baruch Ata Adonai M’chayei HaMeitim.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    Friday, 12 September 2008 4:24 am

    We never kept kosher in my home, so I never had to choose Hydrox cookies over Oreos. Of course, I encountered Hydrox at temple and other places, and my problem was simply this – Hydrox never made a ‘double stuff’ variety.

    I cannot stand single Oreos. I only like Double Stuff. Ergo, I never enjoyed Hydrox.

    If only they had doubled their stuff…

  2. Friday, 12 September 2008 6:32 am

    Yum…I could give these out as wedding favors. LOL

  3. Friday, 12 September 2008 9:55 am

    I always liked Hydrox cookies.

  4. Friday, 12 September 2008 10:30 am

    I don’t like the double stuff, actually. The ratio is off, to my taste. Yay for Hydrox! (Do you remember when Keebler bought them and then renamed them Droxies, but they weren’t good any more?

  5. Steve permalink
    Friday, 12 September 2008 11:51 am

    NO, I dont remember Droxies. I really didn’t pay attention to them that closely. As for not liking double stuff – well, I hate to cast aspersions, but doesn’t that make you a communist? Its the ‘stuff’ that makes the cookie. After all, they dont make ‘double cookie’ oreos!

  6. Annette permalink
    Friday, 12 September 2008 1:55 pm

    They don’t make double cookie Oreos?? Then, and maybe this is just me being weird, but what is the stuffing in between? Wouldn’t a single cookie be a frosted one versus a stuffed one?

  7. Steve permalink
    Friday, 12 September 2008 4:26 pm

    well, Annette, i meant an oreo with DOUBLE the cookie – in effect, an oreo with FOUR chocolate circles per ‘cookie’ – in an absurd suggestion, but made for effect. In otherwords, people like the STUFF, which ic why they offer a doubleSTUFF oreo. As opposed to an oreo with double the cookie.

  8. Saturday, 13 September 2008 7:52 pm

    ooh i remember when oreos went kosher. what a celebration:-)

    seriously, tho — i love this post. here’s another “jewish eyes” for ya: the first time my oldest was old enough to notice the “holiday lights” he said: “look at the lights! it’s just like our sukkah!”

    and from then on, we’ve referred to those lights as “sukkah lights”….

  9. Rachel permalink
    Tuesday, 16 September 2008 9:17 pm

    Yet another “Jewish eyes” moment: my little brother went out to dinner with some non-Jewish friends. One of the kids ordered pork tacos. My brother called my mom that night, and the tone of his voice was almost alarmed…he thought it was illegal to have pork on menus! Why, we never could figure out, except that maybe none of us had never ordered it so maybe he skipped over it at non-kosher restaurants…:)

  10. Wednesday, 17 September 2008 5:47 pm

    Am I the only person on the planet who, as a child, detested both hydrox and oreo cookies? I also didn’t like PB&J, american cheese, or yellow mustard.

  11. Steve permalink
    Saturday, 20 September 2008 5:05 pm

    Channah, you were a weird kid!

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