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    We wish to create an archive of Arrowroot, a backlog of Bourbons and a catalogue of Chocolate Fingers. Anybody can contribute an entry - or dispute somebody else's - provided they are not dull.
    Even Americans who perhaps don't really have the heritage of biscuitry that we are fortunate to have here.

    Or maybe they do and we are unaware of the full glory of the cookie.

    We realise that this whole subject is admirably and concisely dealt with by that excellent and unbeatable website A Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down. Our feeble efforts will be as the kicking of a gadfly in the face of their wisdom and experience but we hope that we may have a small contribution to make.

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Unimaginable

Somethings belong together.

Try imagining: James Bond without his Miss  Moneypenny; tea without milk; television without a remote control; and, the biggest unimaginable~~ biscuits without dunking!

Pardon my digression.  It is my understanding that the original biscuit was  hard tack that needed to be dunked to be edible.  Today’s English biscuit has evolved to include the sweet, double biscuit with a creamy filling.  Now that sounds like  an American  cookie!

Now, if you will,  imagine the unimaginable ~~In households across America, some  children are being deprived of dunking their cookies biscuits in their milk.  How do I know this?  I experienced it first hand while on vacation  with another couple,  their two  sons and our only.

After a full day with three boys,  the moms needed a rest.  So snacks it was.  I poured the milk and gave the boys each a plate of  Oreos (a sweet double chocolate cookie with a creamy middle).    Our son,  immediately  dunked one  into the milk.  What followed can only be described as pandemonium. Our darling was slurping his soggy Oreo and hers were listening to mommy explain in an increasingly loud and authoritarian voice. “We don’t dunk in this house!”

It was a delicious moment of, dare I break the American rule and speak the unspeakable, class differences among the biscuit set?

Of course, we were never invited to vacation with them again and to this day, our darling adult son, still dunks his Oreos in milk and  slurps away!

Gail Eichelberger

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9 Responses

  1. Amendment 28 of the The United States Constitution,
    addressing the freedom to dunk , is currently in its draft stage. Namely

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of biscut consumption, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof of the right to dunk or otherwise make palatable the biscuit (cookie)……..”

  2. To the British (or me at any rate) the Oreo biscuit is one of those symbols of the Great American dream.
    Products which we could not buy but saw in films or on television.
    Others include the Hershey Bar, the Tootsie Roll, Reeses Pieces, Twinkies and Grits.
    Now that the global market has shrunk and foreign travel become easier I have eaten most of these items.
    I have to say that the Hershey Bar was an enormous disappointment as it was nothing compared to the glory of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk.
    The Tootsie Roll exciting and delicious to me as a child but I made the mistake of trying one a year or so ago and it was horrible.
    Reeses PIeces are good.
    Twinkies and Grits I have yet to experience.
    Actually, I have no idea what Grits are but imagine that they are a cross between oatmeal and soft gravel.
    The Oreo was okay. But not as good as a chocolate digestive.

  3. dunking is all about class in the UK too. i believe JA-S doesnt dunk, which tells you all you need to know. i have one posh step relative who is horrified by dunking, ignoring its sound historical precendents. She also disaproves of dipping bread in soup, which is ridiculous, as soup – as everyone knows – is actually named after the bit of bread you dunk in it (the ‘sop’, as it were). Posh people, eh? what do they know?

  4. I thinking dunking is something one shouldnt do in polite society but behind ones own doors it is perfectly acceptable as long as you are speedy enough to avoid the end of the biscuit descending into the tea and disappearing from view

  5. But surely that is what gets the adrenaline going: how long can I dunk a particular biscuit before it descends into the tea/coffee with that particular limp plimp. Rich teas dunk very satisfactorily if the timing is right: a fairly firm interior with a delightfully soft exterior. The much under-rated rich tea finger however is far too thin for dunking. It doesn’t even give you a run for your money but instantly plunges to the depths.

  6. Dunking is overrated and to me ever so slightly distasteful. Ditto the accompanying slurping sound. Ewwwwwww!

    Gail, dear heart, what is your son thinking of, dunking sweet cookies into milk? Ewww and double ewwwwww with sprinkles on top.

    BTW went shopping the other day and as I was heavily into biccy/koekie research mode I found to my surprise that Oreos are sold in my country too. I had planned to buy some but after reading the whole milk dunking thingy I feel frightfully queesy and will probably give it a miss.

  7. Dunking is an absolute necessity with an Oreo. It’s a wonder that the package doesn’t come with dunking instructions…”Hold cookie gently, while slowly lowering it into the beverage of your choice. Hot beverages require a shorter immersion time. Please note: Lowering the cookie too far into the hot beverage could cause burns to the fingers” gail

  8. Re the proper way to eat oreos was entirely missed here. They must first be taken apart with a swift wrist swivel, the filling scraped off with upper front two teeth, then the remaining lines licked off before the dunking commences of the two halves left. Just so you know.

    Frances

  9. My family dunked the oreos like Frances… but we were contrary enough to use the bottom teeth for taking off the ‘creme’. It seems to me that the sweetness was concentrated in that filling rather than the cookie discs.

    A favorite birthday party recipe in the late 1980’s called for crushed oreos layered with a mixture of instant pudding, cream cheese, Cool Whip and gummy worms, presented in a new terracotta pot & served up with a toy trowel as “Dirt Pudding”.

    Cool story, Gail- even if our children will never be invited to Yolanda’s.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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