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By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter
Oreos are said to be milk’s favorite cookie, but it has never been made clear what type of Oreo milk prefers.
On Wednesday afternoon the Dover Town Library looked to be a little more specific on their Oreo fandom, by figuring out which of twenty different kinds of Oreo cookies the kids of Dover liked best.
There were twenty unique types of Oreos for the kids (and adults) of Dover to sample, ranging from the basic (like Double Stuf and Oreo Thins) to the conceivably tasty (like peanut butter filled), to the more far-fetched fare (like cherry cola and marshmallow Peeps).
Credit for finding so many different types has to go to the Children’s Services team, which had to order some of the more unique flavors online. “We always try to do fun things to bring people into the library,” explained Nancy Tegeler, the head of Children’s Services, but static events are harder to do because people crowd the room. With the cookie event, there was much more of a flow as children and their parents moved around the room, then left, rather than crowding into a corner, as would have happened with something like a puppet show.
This meant that the event could accommodate more people than others.
Children were tasked with both voting on which style of Oreo they liked the best, and blindly guessing what flavor the cookie bits were. Overheard guesses ranged from the close - “Shirley Temple” for the cherry cola flavor and “frosting” for what wound up being birthday cake, for example - to the way-off. At one point, “mint” was deemed to be “adult toothpaste” and Peeps were said to “smell like Play-doh.” The coconut Oreo, meanwhile, elicited one of the day’s very few spit-takes, when a little girl immediately made a sour face, spit the cookie in the trash, and stormed back to succinctly inform her friend: “This one, no.”
That was one of a very small number of less-than-stellar incidents on the day, however - other than a bit of spilled whole milk and one incident in which a small child walked into the corner of a table and began crying. His mom popped an Oreo bit into his mouth and whether he was flummoxed by what type it was or he was just happy to get a cookie, the waterworks stopped immediately.
When the voting was done, mint was a surprise winner, followed by dark chocolate and birthday cake. Salted caramel, pistachio and apple pie were the flavors that nobody voted for as favorites - and judging by the amount still left on the plate, nobody went back for seconds, as well.