What Color Are Oreos: Brown or Black?

November 7, 2019
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Ready for something that sounds like a simple and obvious question but apparently isn't?



What color are Oreos, brown or black?



This is an ongoing debate that started after someone noticed a line on the official Oreo website from their parent company Mondelez.



It reads: "We do not have a color assigned to the cookie portion of an Oreo.  Some people think the Oreo is a shade of brown, while others view the color closer to black."



So which is it really?  Well, they're made from cocoa beans, which are brown.  But the cocoa is processed with alkali, which darkens the powder a lot. In fact, cocoa powder with alkali is called "black cocoa powder."



In other words:  We can't tell you whether they're brown or black, so it's on you to figure it out.