Glenn Close is convinced Oreos changed their formula to be easier to open

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I read this interview with Glenn Close in Parade and found it interesting without much to focus on for a story. It’s cool that she lives in Montana now and I can relate to wanting to dress up and having no occasion to in the country. Also she said some stuff about being single that rang true for me. The best part is the quick Q&A at the end though. She talked about her favorite sweets and she’s one of us. Coffee ice cream is also my favorite flavor but I limit myself to getting it at the ice cream shop for that reason. Glenn’s favorite treat is Oreos and she’s so addicted to them she won’t keep them in the house. She’s a traditionalist Oreo-eater and doesn’t mess with any weird flavors or varieties. She also says that they must have changed their formula to be easier to open.

On her past marriages to non-showbiz men and what she’s looking for
“It’s not a good mix. To stay an artist, you have to be with people who understand that and don’t expect you to have their outlook on the world. It really is like two different languages…

“It’d be wonderful to have somebody to, you know, look at the sunset with and do stuff with. I must say, at this point in my life, I don’t want to be invaded in certain ways. I feel great about myself.”

What she’s reading
“I usually read biographies. Right now, I’m reading James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain, and I’ve been reading Toni Morrison, [Ibram X. Kendi’s] How to Be an Antiracist and Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste because I’m trying to really assimilate, as best I can, what it’s been like to be in a Black body in this country.”

Her favorite treats
“Coffee ice cream. I also love Doritos. And Oreos. I’m obsessed with Oreos, so I can’t buy them. And it has to be the original; it can’t be Super Stuf, or whatever. They’re actually changing, and I’ve been meaning to write the cookie company. It used to be that to get the chocolate part off, you had to really be good, because it was hard. Now it’s much easier, so I think they’ve changed the ingredients. You take off the chocolate part, then you scrape out the lard with your teeth, and then you put it on your mouth like a communion wafer. Oh, so good. See? My mouth is watering.”

[From Parade]

I’m also a former Catholic but the only thing we pretended were communion wafers were Necco wafers, they’re the best for that. I love Necco wafers and I don’t care if you think they’re chalky! They’ll always remind me of my childhood and I still buy them for that reason. I’m not a cookie or Oreo person but I appreciate when people have a particular treat they love. I googled “did Oreos change their formula” and the consensus is that something changed in 2016 when they moved production to Mexico. Oreo denied that the formula changed at that point, but enthusiasts started complaining about the taste around that time. I don’t understand why it would be a problem that they’re easier to open though. Does it take away the feeling of accomplishment you get or does it make eating them too easy? I always put my candy in the freezer so I’m forced to suck it longer. It probably slows me down about 20%.

Also I liked the way she talked about BLM and learning about racism and white supremacy. I am not going to watch Hillbilly Elegy but I wouldn’t be mad if Glenn won an Oscar for it.

This lady is a national treasure

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  1. SamC says:

    They did do something different with Oreos. The flavor changed and while I never noticed them being easier to open the frosting center slides off the cookie much easier, used to require teeth and now you can just lick it. The good thing about the changes are now I don’t buy them because I don’t like the new version.

    Yes, Necco wafers are much more Communion host-like vs an Oreo.

    • Emm says:

      Agreed. I haven’t had Oreos in a really long time and then my aunt got them for my kids for Halloween and I had some and was really surprised how easily the cream came off. I thought maybe it was the batch she got or something.

    • Seraphina says:

      I agree, I have been grabbing a few from the kid’s stash and they have a weird flavor, it’s like a milky taste (not in a good way) and there is no milk or dairy in them – from what I see.

      • Emm says:

        You are right, when I was dairy free while nursing they were one of the “approved” snacks.

      • Seraphina says:

        We go pretty strict dietary wise for Lent and it’s scary that a chocolate wafer cookie that is cream filled is dairy free. Things that make you go HMMMMMM, and not in a good way.

  2. Noodle says:

    Imma let you finish Glenn, but have you tried the Candy Cane JoeJoes from Trader Joe’s? GoodNIGHT those are good.

    • damejudi says:

      That’s one of my son’s favorite Christmas treats!

      • Noodle says:

        Do you get the chocolate-dipped ones too? Those are pretty rich for me (I don’t love chocolate), but once in a while they are SOOOO good!

  3. Yup, Me says:

    I love Necco wafers, but I thought they stopped production. Where are you still finding them?!

    Separately, I love Glenn Close. Have done since she was so magnificently stylish and villainous since 101 Dalmatians when I was a kid. Just last week, I was teasing my husband with “I won’t be ignored, Dan.”

    And I very much understand her unwillingness to be “invaded” in certain ways. So many women need more space in their homes and relationships than they take or receive.

    • Celebitchy says:

      I get them at Food Lion, which you may not have by you!

    • SamC says:

      I’ve bought them at Five Below, they have the best candy selection!

    • whatWHAT? says:

      hahahahaha…the bf and I say “I won’t be ignored, DAN.” all. the. time.

      running joke when one of us doesn’t respond to a question/call/text right away.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Thanks, all! I just searched and saw that they were brought back into production after a two year hiatus. I’m going to be on a Necco wafer hunt out on the West Coast.

    • jwoolman says:

      Amazon has them. They also show up at old time candy stores and the Vermont Country Store online. Basically just google for Necco and you should find something.

  4. Other Renee says:

    I was a “kid’ll eat the middle of an Oreo first and save the chocolate cookie outside for last” kid. But now if I run across an Oreo, I prefer to eat it as is without opening it. So I can’t comment on the ease or difficulty of opening them. Amazing that the words of that jingle came back so easily to me without having to look it up. Takes me right back to childhood. I don’t watch tv with commercials so I have no idea if it’s even still a thing.

  5. Melissa says:

    100% Oreos changed. They’re way easier to open and the creme is softer. I don’t care for the change.

  6. BeanieBean says:

    Of course they changed their formula! Cookie companies weren’t using high fructose corn syrup back in 1912 (when they originated). That’s a change that happened only in recent decades. Ditto palm oil.

  7. JanetDR says:

    It’s funny how some people notice changes and some don’t. I remember when M&Ms got all colorful and a friend of mine remarked that the blue had a bitter taste, like the yellows, but worse. I hadn’t noticed until he said it, but I have ever since. I haven’t had an Oreo in a very long while, but I do buy the Trader Joe’s version, especially this time of year when they have all the fun flavors!

  8. The Recluse says:

    I am still wondering what the heck they did to Reese’s Cups. They haven’t tasted right in over a decade. I can tolerate the holiday shape versions though, which seem to have a different blend/consistency.
    I would love to know what they did to the recipe.

  9. Juniper says:

    The formula is also different for different countries. I read an article once where Nabisco had to change the cookie recipe to something sweeter to sell in China.

  10. wildwaffles says:

    I find the time of year makes a difference with Oreos. I love them in the summer when the warmer overall weather makes the filling smoother and easier to lick off. And I agree that coffee ice cream, Doritos and Oreos are all the best!

  11. Bendy Windy says:

    Oh they def changed the formula. I hate the creme, so I love that they’re easier to open and get the creme off. I’ll do them in batches of like five. Take the creme out and just have the cookie to dip in the milk. Doing it this way, I usually stop at 5. Usually.

  12. Marigold says:

    Everyone is moving to Montana. The prices are going up up up.