A high school science class has put Nabisco on the defensive after an experiment showed Oreo Double Stuf cookies are actually only 1.86-times stuffed.
An upstate New York math teacher posted on his blog the results of a February experiment carried out by his class. He had asked the students to figure out how much creme filling is in each type of Oreo: original, Double Stuf and Mega Stuf.
The students weighed 10 of each type of cookie, as well as the wafers without the filling. Subtracting the weight of the wafer from the weight of the stuf inside gave them their answer: Double Stuf cookies have less than double the filling of an original Oreo.
Mega Stuf cookies had 2.68 times the filling.
“We were very surprised,” Anderson told CNN.
After his blog post started getting attention online, Anderson repeated the experiment himself to verify the results.
“In the original post where my class suggests that the Double Stuf Oreo is only 1.86x stuffed, the data set is small. There were several groups all working on their own measurements so they didn”;t have many cookies to work with,” Anderson wrote on his blog. “After all the attention (I feel really weird about it), the math part of my brain had to verify the findings.”
Anderson”;s second experiment verified his class”; claim: “Double” appears to be a squishy term for Oreo.
Oreo disputes the claim, though.
“While I”;m not familiar with what was done in the classroom setting, I can confirm for you that our recipe for the Oreo Double Stuf Cookie has double the Stuf, or creme filling, when compared with our base, or original Oreo cookie,” a Nabisco spokeswoman said.
In his follow-up post, Anderson explained the purpose of the project — and his verification — was never to prove Nabisco wrong.
“This was about having the students do some great mathematical exploration on their own. Before doing this in class, I had no idea what the result would be,” he said. “As a couple of the groups proved, you can show that they are double ‘stuf”;ed by measuring the heights of the cookies.”
Compiled from Review-Journal news services.