Oreos are a timeless classic, delicious dunked in milk, tea or coffee, as a flavoring for shakes and cakes, on their own as what starts out as a little snack and becomes a crumbs-in-every crevice package-destroyer; there are very few things an Oreo won’t enhance.
In this article, we’re going to be looking at Oreos in some of their main forms and how many you actually get in each pack.
You may think an entire article for such exact and finite information is a little bit drastic, but when you realize that the figures have changed constantly throughout history as a reaction to inflation and consumer demand, it doesn’t seem as much an open and shut subject at all.
So, whether you have a morbid curiosity about the exact number of Oreos you put away a week, or you want to know how many packs you’ll need to make this or that tasty recipe, or even if you’re just curious about business behavior over time, you’re in the perfect place.
Let’s start with present-day 2020. How many Oreos do you get in a single roll 154-gram original pack straight out of the store? There should be 16 perfect little cookies in every original single roll, which means that in their standard cookie package, there’ll be 48 cookies max.
That number can fluctuate depending on where in the world you purchased them. In the UK for example, a standard pack of original Oreos only contains 14 cookies in total, yet the package is still measured at the same 145-grams.
We can only assume that they decided to make the cookies slightly larger to match trends in British ‘biscuit’ markets and reduced the pack-size to 14. Either way, you’re getting the same amount of cookie
It’s not just presentation Nabisco switched up to suit some countries. In China, the sugar content was reduced in the Oreo recipe to suit already established expectations of how a cookie should taste.
In a single roll, you should have 10 delicious double stuf cookies, meaning you get 30 out of a family pack, weighing in at 13.55 oz.
You get a total of 40 Oreo thins in the normal cookie package, or if you buy the boxed version with 35 packs of 4, you’ll get 140 cookies.
Each single-serve pack of Oreos should contain six cookies, but if you’re watching your health, you’ll want to know that this should be split among at least three snackers to fit into daily eating guidelines.
You currently get 12 fudge-covered little miracles in the grab-bag style packaging found in your supermarkets.
Did You Know
Oreos used to be sold in bulk by weight. Yep, when they were first released as a product you could buy them per pound. Want to know how many Oreos make up a pound? Only 40, that’s all.
If contemplating the cupboard space you’d need for that kind of snack power didn’t buckle your knees and send you dribbling, then allow me to knock you flat out with how much it would have cost you way back when for that girthy haul…ready for it? …32 cents.
That’s it. Nuts, right.
The Evolution of Oreo – Adapt To Survive
You don’t need to look too far back into Oreos production history to realize their pack size is anything but standardized. It fluctuates quite a bit every few years.
The standard cookie package is supposed to contain a total of 45 cookies made up of 3 rolls of 15 Oreos, but in the early 2010s, this figure was reduced to 39 cookies, meaning each individual roll only had 13 cookies total, and they were sold for the same price too.
So although we may be living in the golden age of 16 per pack Oreos, we can be sure it’s not actually going to last an age, and may in fact be as short as a year.
With the drastic changes to life recently and the shrinking of economies due to COVID 19, businesses are adapting services and products to best help them survive these troubled times.
Why Do Package Sizes Fluctuate?
You’ll have noticed how candy bars are shrinking and cost way more than they used to, and when you try to tell your kids about the loot you could buy with a single dollar back in your day, they look at you like you’re prattling on about unicorns and fairies.
Well, don’t worry, you’re not going crazy, candy and cookie businesses are constantly changing the size of their products.
They do it to deal with inflation. As the price of materials goes up, they have to adapt their business plan to maintain a profit. They can either reduce size and stretch materials further, increase the prices of their products, or lose out by staying the course.
Most candy companies opt for shrinking their products down slightly over time, rather than raise their prices as they feel it will save more customer loyalty; however, as you’ve probably noticed, eventually, prices go up as well.
Oreo have been tampering with their product, either shrinking portion size or increasing costs, constantly since at least the 70s. One year there’ll be less in a pack, the next, the pack will be replenished but the price has shot right up.
It’s likely they try different ways of dealing with inflation to see what works best for them as a company. They’ll analyze sales statistics and consumer reports after doing things one way, and compare them statistics and reports after trying a different way.
The Last Crumb
So there you have it, folks. A little run-down of our most beloved cookie brand and how many cookies you can expect in various packs.
Enjoy your 16 a pack lives while you still can, because if one thing is for certain in this world, it’s that things are constantly changing, for better or worse, and cookies are no exception. Get snacking!