Posted by Dave
We were in the cookie aisle searching for a worthy party treat. When we came to the Oreos, Nicole suggested we go for the Double Stuf. My reaction, which is pretty standard for this kind of situation, was to reason through an argument why original Oreos are superior to their full-figured cousins. After my tireless rant, we purchased the Double Stuf and brought them, and the argument, to the party. The guests were more or less split down the middle on which they prefer. This tells me that we have a legitimate disagreement on a trivial matter to contend with. Therefore, let us begin.
It would be very difficult to overstate the importance of ratios in this argument. After all, isn’t this all about ratios? How much filling should there be in relation to cookie? That is at the heart of the problem. And if we can accept the supreme importance of ratios, we must conclude that it was the factor behind Oreo’s success. In the beginning, the makers decided upon an ideal level of filling. It was that amount that catapulted Oreo to where it is today. It was just that much filling and just that much cookie: no more, no less. Perhaps Oreo would have achieved the same level of success had they gone with double the filling, but that is mere speculation.
Oreos are delicious when they are dunked in milk. In fact, Oreo boasts that it is “Milk’s favorite cookie.” When an Oreo is dunked wholly in milk, it responds well. have you ever dipped the Double Stuf? It is awkward and you almost want to gag on the filling. Too much filling in the presence of milk leaves an odd film on the roof of your mouth and does little to enhance the taste. When dipped, it is the cookie part that thrives in the taste department. A little filling compliments the experience, making a delightful trio, but double the filling proves too much for the milk and cookie alliance. Sure, you can separate the filling from the cookie before dunking, but you could also pour gravy on it. Let’s not get bogged down with the exceptions to the rule.
If you love filling, go for the Double Stuf. I’m not against people preferring filling to cookie. All I’m doing is crafting a coherent argument for anyone who wants a foundation in reason for their cookie preference.