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  • The Hydrox Cookie is dead

    Post #1 - January 21st, 2008, 10:09 am
    Post #1 - January 21st, 2008, 10:09 am Post #1 - January 21st, 2008, 10:09 am
    I didn't know this:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1200695 ... side_today

    I remeber it being a strong brand, not as strong as Oreo mind you, but my mom didn't buy us those anyway.
  • Post #2 - January 21st, 2008, 11:19 am
    Post #2 - January 21st, 2008, 11:19 am Post #2 - January 21st, 2008, 11:19 am
    Capsu78 wrote:I didn't know this:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1200695 ... side_today

    I remeber it being a strong brand, not as strong as Oreo mind you, but my mom didn't buy us those anyway.


    I always thought (as did many others) that Hydrox was a rip-off of Oreo -- surprising that it's the other way around. Still don't care for the name much...
    "Don't you ever underestimate the power of a female." Bootsy Collins
  • Post #3 - September 2nd, 2008, 8:50 am
    Post #3 - September 2nd, 2008, 8:50 am Post #3 - September 2nd, 2008, 8:50 am
    Is this rejuvenated in Chicago?

    I've seen a special, limited edition 100th anniversary offering here in the KC area.
  • Post #4 - September 2nd, 2008, 10:19 am
    Post #4 - September 2nd, 2008, 10:19 am Post #4 - September 2nd, 2008, 10:19 am
    I saw them at Jewel yesterday.
    When I grow up, I'm going to Bovine University!
  • Post #5 - September 2nd, 2008, 11:19 am
    Post #5 - September 2nd, 2008, 11:19 am Post #5 - September 2nd, 2008, 11:19 am
    Fujisan wrote:I saw them at Jewel yesterday.


    I was in a Jewel for the first time in a long time yesterday, and the first thing that caught my attention was the Hydrox display. I had never heard of these before.

    From the article cited at the top of this thread wrote:The Hydrox name came from combining the words hydrogen and oxygen, which Sunshine executives thought evoked purity. Others thought it sounded more like a laundry detergent.


    Laundry detergent was my first thought.
  • Post #6 - September 2nd, 2008, 12:23 pm
    Post #6 - September 2nd, 2008, 12:23 pm Post #6 - September 2nd, 2008, 12:23 pm
    Noooooooooooo...

    What will Ben & Jerry's use in their Mint Chocolate Cookie ice cream (far superior to mint chocolate chip)???
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  • Post #7 - September 2nd, 2008, 5:52 pm
    Post #7 - September 2nd, 2008, 5:52 pm Post #7 - September 2nd, 2008, 5:52 pm
    We were a Hydrox family. Also a Vienna Finger family--I think this was the "companion" vanilla cookie sandwich from the good folks at Sunshine. Glad to hear Hydrox lives.

    Back then, my kid-palate thought Hydroxes were slightly less sweet than Oreos, in a good way. Don't know if that was in fact the case or, if it was, if it still is.
  • Post #8 - September 3rd, 2008, 5:24 am
    Post #8 - September 3rd, 2008, 5:24 am Post #8 - September 3rd, 2008, 5:24 am
    I'll have to check with the infallible source on this (thanks, Mom), but my recollection is that we ate Hydrox because Mom keeps a kosher house and they were kosher many years before Oreo was. (I assume Oreo is now, but don't know that for a fact.)
    Gypsy Boy

    "I am not a glutton--I am an explorer of food." (Erma Bombeck)
  • Post #9 - September 3rd, 2008, 6:47 am
    Post #9 - September 3rd, 2008, 6:47 am Post #9 - September 3rd, 2008, 6:47 am
    Your assumption is correct, Gypsy Boy.

    From the Wall Street Journal article (which I read only after posting my previous post on this thread):
    The pork-fat difference also meant Oreo wasn't kosher, while Hydrox was...Lard was removed from the Oreo recipe years ago and the cookies have been kosher since 1997...

    I never knew that Hydrox was the Jewish Oreo, but I'll bet that explains why ours, like yours and others, was a Hydrox family. Not that we kept kosher, because unlike your family, Gypsy Boy, we didn't. But it doesn't take much to translate "Hydrox cookies are kosher; Oreos aren't" into "Sunshine cares about and likes the Jews; Nabisco doesn't." Which explains brand loyalty all by itself. Plus, the name sounds Jewish! It's easy for me to imagine a Yiddish homonym for it, maybe "heidrachs." "That boy's got some heidrachs on him." "Bubbelah, I'm feeling such heidrachs for you right now!"
  • Post #10 - September 3rd, 2008, 6:55 am
    Post #10 - September 3rd, 2008, 6:55 am Post #10 - September 3rd, 2008, 6:55 am
    Gypsy Boy wrote:I'll have to check with the infallible source on this (thanks, Mom), but my recollection is that we ate Hydrox because Mom keeps a kosher house and they were kosher many years before Oreo was. (I assume Oreo is now, but don't know that for a fact.)


    This is true. I remember during my Hebrew school education we had a list of acceptable snacks to bring for parties. Included was a line "Hydrox cookies instead of Oreos". Oreos became kosher in the late 1990s.

    Best,
    Michael
  • Post #11 - September 3rd, 2008, 7:15 am
    Post #11 - September 3rd, 2008, 7:15 am Post #11 - September 3rd, 2008, 7:15 am
    Further strolling down Proust Lane, I realize that on some subconscious level, I knew as a kid that Hydrox was the Jewish Oreo without knowing it. I sensed that as Jews, we were outsiders. I also sensed that Oreo was the mainstream choice, yet we ate Hydrox. Connection made. Hydrox was just one part of the whole constellation of things that made us different, so without knowing there could be a rational basis for the brand loyalty, I sensed that the reason for our Hydroxophilia was our Jewishness. Hydrox was the scrappy, determined, stubbornly-hanging-on underdog of chocolate vanilla-creme sandwich cookies.
  • Post #12 - September 3rd, 2008, 7:22 am
    Post #12 - September 3rd, 2008, 7:22 am Post #12 - September 3rd, 2008, 7:22 am
    riddlemay wrote:Further strolling down Proust Lane, I realize that on some subconscious level, I knew as a kid that Hydrox was the Jewish Oreo without knowing it. I sensed that as Jews, we were outsiders. I also sensed that Oreo was the mainstream choice, yet we ate Hydrox. Connection made. Hydrox was just one part of the whole constellation of things that made us different, so without knowing there could be a rational basis for the brand loyalty, I sensed that the reason for our Hydroxophilia was our Jewishness. Hydrox was the scrappy, determined, stubbornly-hanging-on underdog of chocolate vanilla-creme sandwich cookies.


    I think it was the fifth question: "Why do all others eat Oreos while we snack on Hydrox?" :wink:

    I was not raised in a kosher home and happily gorged myself on lard-laden oreos throughout my childhood.
  • Post #13 - September 3rd, 2008, 8:42 am
    Post #13 - September 3rd, 2008, 8:42 am Post #13 - September 3rd, 2008, 8:42 am
    eatchicago wrote:I think it was the fifth question: "Why do all others eat Oreos while we snack on Hydrox?" :wink:

    I was not raised in a kosher home and happily gorged myself on lard-laden oreos throughout my childhood.


    I always wondered why Hydrox seemed "drier" then Oreo's. Now I know it was the pork fat that made the difference...that is until they substituted made-in-the-lab Lardenite 127 in the 90's. It hasn't stopped me from eating Oreo's, though.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #14 - September 3rd, 2008, 2:15 pm
    Post #14 - September 3rd, 2008, 2:15 pm Post #14 - September 3rd, 2008, 2:15 pm
    eatchicago wrote:I think it was the fifth question: "Why do all others eat Oreos while we snack on Hydrox?" :wink:

    I love it.
  • Post #15 - September 7th, 2008, 7:16 pm
    Post #15 - September 7th, 2008, 7:16 pm Post #15 - September 7th, 2008, 7:16 pm
    Walked into the Jewel at Four Flaggs shopping center in Niles last night and was surprised to see a display of Hydrox cookies. I guess they're not totally dead yet.....
  • Post #16 - September 8th, 2008, 7:36 am
    Post #16 - September 8th, 2008, 7:36 am Post #16 - September 8th, 2008, 7:36 am
    I ran into Walmart for some laundry detergent and they also had a big display of Hydrox cookies up.
    One Mint Julep was the cause of it all.
  • Post #17 - September 29th, 2015, 2:56 pm
    Post #17 - September 29th, 2015, 2:56 pm Post #17 - September 29th, 2015, 2:56 pm
    No half-baked idea here: Hydrox cookies go to Amazon first

    https://www.internetretailer.com/2015/0 ... azon-first
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #18 - September 29th, 2015, 6:22 pm
    Post #18 - September 29th, 2015, 6:22 pm Post #18 - September 29th, 2015, 6:22 pm
    The Planet Money podcast just aired an episode about the resurrection. It's worth a listen.

    http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/09/18/441546748/episode-652-the-hydrox-resurrection
  • Post #19 - September 29th, 2015, 6:26 pm
    Post #19 - September 29th, 2015, 6:26 pm Post #19 - September 29th, 2015, 6:26 pm
    Some things are better left dead.
    i used to milk cows
  • Post #20 - September 30th, 2015, 3:42 pm
    Post #20 - September 30th, 2015, 3:42 pm Post #20 - September 30th, 2015, 3:42 pm
    I never even heard of Hydrox cookies until I was in my teens and never saw them for sale in a store that I can remember. We had Oreos in our non-Kosher, pork loving Jewish house.
  • Post #21 - September 30th, 2015, 5:25 pm
    Post #21 - September 30th, 2015, 5:25 pm Post #21 - September 30th, 2015, 5:25 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    No half-baked idea here: Hydrox cookies go to Amazon first

    https://www.internetretailer.com/2015/0 ... azon-first


    I joined Amazon Prime last week. I am going to put a box in my cart for my next shipment.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #22 - October 1st, 2015, 5:40 pm
    Post #22 - October 1st, 2015, 5:40 pm Post #22 - October 1st, 2015, 5:40 pm
    pairs4life wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:
    No half-baked idea here: Hydrox cookies go to Amazon first

    https://www.internetretailer.com/2015/0 ... azon-first


    I joined Amazon Prime last week. I am going to put a box in my cart for my next shipment.

    Pairs4life - You have to order 3 1/2 pounds of cookies to get it off Amazon?
  • Post #23 - October 1st, 2015, 5:53 pm
    Post #23 - October 1st, 2015, 5:53 pm Post #23 - October 1st, 2015, 5:53 pm
    How do Trader Joe's Joe-Joe's compare to Hydrox and Oreo? I'm tempted to try them. But I'll probably eat like 2 of them and then the box will sit for weeks untouched :oops: . I just can't sit and eat lots of cookies. I feel like eating too many sweets is a bad thing. Maybe my Mom got through to me. On the other hand I will eat salty things until it hurts without thinking about it. :wink:
  • Post #24 - October 1st, 2015, 7:47 pm
    Post #24 - October 1st, 2015, 7:47 pm Post #24 - October 1st, 2015, 7:47 pm
    My maternal grandparents always bought Hydrox cookies. To my palate, the cookie wafer part of the Hydrox was far, far superior to the Oreo cookie, but the filling was much better in the Oreo. One of childhood's great paradoxes.
  • Post #25 - October 2nd, 2015, 10:39 am
    Post #25 - October 2nd, 2015, 10:39 am Post #25 - October 2nd, 2015, 10:39 am
    Ram4 wrote:[quote="pairs4life]
    I joined Amazon Prime last week. I am going to put a box in my cart for my next shipment.[/quote]
    Pairs4life - You have to order 3 1/2 pounds of cookies to get it off Amazon?[/quote][/quote]


    I have a 13 oz package in my cart. I haven't ordered it yet. It is $6 but I figure I can freeze them if I open them before I am with a group.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #26 - October 2nd, 2015, 12:51 pm
    Post #26 - October 2nd, 2015, 12:51 pm Post #26 - October 2nd, 2015, 12:51 pm
    pairs4life wrote:
    Ram4 wrote:[quote="pairs4life]
    I joined Amazon Prime last week. I am going to put a box in my cart for my next shipment.[/quote]
    Pairs4life - You have to order 3 1/2 pounds of cookies to get it off Amazon?[/quote][/quote][/quote]

    I have a 13 oz package in my cart. I haven't ordered it yet. It is $6 but I figure I can freeze them if I open them before I am with a group.[/quote]


    Plus, like their cousin Oreos, they are great frozen.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #27 - October 2nd, 2015, 6:21 pm
    Post #27 - October 2nd, 2015, 6:21 pm Post #27 - October 2nd, 2015, 6:21 pm
    Change topic title to

    The Hydrox Cookie has risen from the grave

    ?
    fine words butter no parsnips
  • Post #28 - January 22nd, 2019, 7:46 am
    Post #28 - January 22nd, 2019, 7:46 am Post #28 - January 22nd, 2019, 7:46 am
    Cookie Rivalry Heats Up Between Hydrox and Oreo

    https://www.iheart.com/content/2019-01- ... -and-oreo/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #29 - January 22nd, 2019, 10:28 am
    Post #29 - January 22nd, 2019, 10:28 am Post #29 - January 22nd, 2019, 10:28 am
    Dave148 wrote:
    Cookie Rivalry Heats Up Between Hydrox and Oreo

    https://www.iheart.com/content/2019-01- ... -and-oreo/


    Since we've been talking about lard, I find it slightly amusing that the linked article mentions that Hydrox has a beef with the Oreo folk.

    Don't get me started on marketing and supermarkets - it is a Oreo eats Hydrox world out there. Just yesterday we were out shopping and the Jay's people were restocking the ships aisle and cleverly had their boxes in front of the Frito-Lay stuff.
  • Post #30 - September 22nd, 2020, 2:22 pm
    Post #30 - September 22nd, 2020, 2:22 pm Post #30 - September 22nd, 2020, 2:22 pm
    The Rise, Fall, and Return of Hydrox Cookies, the Proto-Oreo. They were likely doomed by their name.

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/h ... ilto_share
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard

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