11.19.2009 | 8:34 am

This will, I’m sure, come to many of you as a shock, but: I like Oreos. I really like them. I like them so much, in fact, that I generally don’t buy them, because the temptation is simply too strong to eat them.

OK, that’s not true. I do buy Oreos. All the time. But I’m just buying them for the kids, as a treat to put in their otherwise Very Nutritious Lunches which I prepare for them.

OK, that may not be true, either. Well, the part about buying Oreos is true, and I do put some in the kids’ lunches. But I generally will eat an Oreo or two as I put them in the kids lunchboxes.

Or perhaps I might eat three (the official serving size). Or so. Hey, why not?

Oh, because three Oreos has seven grams of fat and 160 calories?


Well, I suppose that’s a fair point.

An Excellent Solution

It was with this fairly phenomenal number in mind — 7g of fat in just 3 cookies — that I recently found myself considering something unusual at the grocery store: buying the Reduced Fat version of Oreos.


30% less fat than the original Oreo? Sounds good. Which means only (ha!) 4.5g of fat in my three cookies.


The thing is, I have a well-defined philosophy on dessert, which I have named Fatty’s Dessert Philosophy:

Fatty’s Dessert Philosophy
Let dessert truly be dessert
. If it’s really high-fat, let it be high-fat. If you’re concerned about calories and fat, eat less. But don’t compromise the taste and texture of dessert. Seriously.

There is a minor problem with this philosophy, however, which can be found in the “eat less” clause. Specifically, it finds itself in direct conflict with Fatty’s First Axiom of Junk Food in Pantries, which goes as follows:

Fatty’s First Axiom of Junk Food in Pantries
Any junk food in a pantry, especially cookies — and doubly especially Oreos — in easily opened and accessed packages, will be consumed. Promptly.

So, back to the grocery store (remember?). I decided that by buying the Reduced Fat Oreos, I could combine Fatty’s Dessert Philosophy with Fatty’s First Axiom of Junk Food in Pantries to my weight-gain-fighting advantage. To wit: since Reduced Fat Oreos wouldn’t taste as good, I’d want to eat them less, and might in fact not eat them at all. At which point they of course become not merely reduced fat, but entirely fat free.


Wherein The Universe Gets Knocked On Its Ear

There was just one small problem with my Very Clever Solution. And that small problem would never, ever ever (ever!) have occurred to me. And I’ll bet it hasn’t occurred to you, either, because it’s just never happened before.

The Reduced Fat Oreos taste better than the original Oreos.

Not “as good.” Not “similar.” Better. Do you see the problem?

Allow me to illustrate.

Here, we have two stacks of cookies. The Reduced Fat Oreos are on the left, the original Oreos are on the right.


In this circumstance, the stack of Oreos on the left are in fact a better (less awful?) eating choice, due to having 30% less fat.

Sadly, the above photo does not reflect reality. Thanks (and I mean that “thanks” very sarcastically) to the excellent taste and mollifying “Reduced Fat” combination, Fatty’s First Axiom of Junk Food in Pantries actually gets cubed. “They’re less-fattening and they taste better?” I find myself asking.

Which leads to the second illustration, once again with the Reduced Fat Oreos on the left, and the original Oreos on the right:


Do I really need to explain what’s happening here? OK, fine. As it turns out, while an individual Reduced Fat Oreo does in fact have less fat than an individual original Oreo, that happy fact tends to be only marginally helpful when you eat a dozen.

Please, somebody help me.

PS: I haven’t done the math, but I’m pretty sure that once you’ve made one additional change to the Reduced Fat Oreo, as follows –


– the whole “Reduced Fat” thing may no longer apply anyway.


  1. Comment by kiwi | 11.19.2009 | 8:43 am

    Thank you faty…I just eat my first Oreo cookie with peanut butter….I’m from New Zealand but live in Chicago! Why has no one told me about this before?
    SOOO! Good!


  2. Comment by Carl | 11.19.2009 | 8:58 am

    We share the same philospohy on dessert. But those darn kids of ours… they just make us buy all those great desserts.

  3. Comment by UphillBattle | 11.19.2009 | 9:04 am

    Yum-O! The only thing better than peanut butter on an Oreo is Nutella on an Oreo.

  4. Comment by GenghisKhan | 11.19.2009 | 9:07 am

    Eat more, but ride more. And, of course, get ready for the Lipitor!

  5. Comment by getinlost | 11.19.2009 | 9:09 am

    Brilliant! Fatty you have a new SUPERPOWER! Super snackfood combinations. I will forever put peanut butter
    on my reduced fat Oreos.


  6. Comment by Susan | 11.19.2009 | 9:17 am

    Just found your blog-it’s a fun read now every day.

    OMG…doublestuff oreos are the crack of the junkfood world.
    They are NEVER allowed in my pantry.

    PSSST-Didja know they now make Ritz crackers covered in fudge? Surely a woman in the throes of PMS “discovered” that one. :)

  7. Comment by Jonathan | 11.19.2009 | 9:18 am

    Fatty, I love you, so I cringe when I learned about your Oreo addiction. Oreo’s are scientifically generated food product. In 2003 Kraft foods were sued for their use of transfats in the Oreo, and have since re-engineered their product to not include them. But still, why eat something that’s been “engineered” in the first place?

    Newman O’s man.

  8. Comment by Mike | 11.19.2009 | 9:22 am

    Fatty, your line of thinking is flawed. Fat doesn’t make you fat, excessive caloric intake makes you fat, as does eating too much simple carbohydrate (which the low-fat versions have more of while only having 3.3kcal fewer per cookie).

    You’d be better off eating the regular Oreos.

  9. Comment by bikemike | 11.19.2009 | 9:23 am

    oh, the humanity. yeah, i know, makes no sense to me, either.

  10. Comment by Heather | 11.19.2009 | 9:24 am

    I am officially adopting your dessert philosphy… And peanut butter on Oreo’s what an ingenius idea. Why haven’t I thought of that before? You are truly a genius… :) Someday people will bow before your awesomeness…LOL!!

  11. Comment by kellene | 11.19.2009 | 9:24 am

    The only thing better than that oreo with peanut butter is that oreo with peanut butter put in the blender with ice cream!
    I guess we are related?!
    Have a good weekend!

  12. Comment by Eufemiano Fuentes | 11.19.2009 | 9:24 am

    what happens if you coat them in peanut butter, then tempura batter and then deep fry them?

  13. Comment by justrun | 11.19.2009 | 9:29 am

    Do they make Reduced Fat Double Stuffed (or whatever they’re called) Oreos? Because then you might have it all, and peanut butter.

  14. Comment by Kyle | 11.19.2009 | 9:48 am

    Did you try dipping them in that guacamole you made? I guarantee you’ll be able to resist the urge to eat too many.

  15. Comment by Turt99 | 11.19.2009 | 9:59 am

    Reducing Fat while Adding Flavor? That sounds like VooDoo to me.

  16. Comment by Michael in TN | 11.19.2009 | 10:06 am

    Um…why would someone every buy regular oreos when double-stuff are available. Its like saying, “Why yes, I really enjoy double-stuff oreos but I wish they made them less good.”
    That being said, I can not buy them because I would eat the entire package in an afternoon.

  17. Comment by jen | 11.19.2009 | 10:18 am

    You should of sat down with the guacamole and a bag of blue corn chip. the fat in avacados is really good for you, your heart and your belly. that being said – whenever you put peanut butter on anything it will be twice as good if you add some BACON – bacon and peanut butter is the best food combination in the world.

  18. Comment by Hilslug | 11.19.2009 | 10:20 am

    Are you channelling The Pioneer Woman today?

    If not, I think you should ask her these questions. I am sure she can give you good counsel.

  19. Comment by Frank | 11.19.2009 | 10:20 am

    Yeah, cookies and stuff need to be eaten right away when discovered in the pantry. So, you got to tell me, was it wrong to eat that 1/2 coconut custard pie for dinner? Even though it wasn’t technically in the pantry the pie was sitting close by in the fridge and I had to do something about it. Actually to make dinner more healthy I had some dark chocolate with red wine afterward since that is good for you, right?

    I got to try the peanutbutter/oreo combination…

  20. Comment by PeckishCyclist | 11.19.2009 | 10:23 am

    I like these food pics better than yesterday’s.

  21. Comment by Mikeonhisbike | 11.19.2009 | 10:25 am

    My line of thinking is once you dip your oreo’s in non fat milk they are transformed into health food. Then, you can eat as many as you want. Are you with me here?

  22. Comment by Jase | 11.19.2009 | 10:35 am

    I too, have indulged in Oreos slathered in peanut butter.

    OH. SO. GOOD.

  23. Comment by jackelope | 11.19.2009 | 10:40 am

    Why don’t they make Triple-Stuffed Oreos? Maybe an award winning world famous celebrity blogger such as yourself can the answer to that question?

  24. Comment by Bill Martin | 11.19.2009 | 10:40 am

    I am not so shocked to learn that such a well adjusted cyclist like you loves Oreos … mmmm, shoot, now I am dreaming of Oreos.

  25. Comment by Chris B | 11.19.2009 | 10:53 am

    30% less fat is only good for 10 (7%) fewer calories! Now that’s good marketing.

  26. Comment by jacked | 11.19.2009 | 11:03 am

    Skip the Oreos and the Reduced Fat Oreos and stick with the Double Stuffs.

    Double Stuffs break apart easier that regular Oreos
    Make Quadruple Stuffs out of them and leave the empty cookies in the bag.
    This cuts down your cookie intake by half and doubles the double stuff joy.
    Put the empty cookies in your kids lunch if you need to do anything with them, just don’t lick them first!

    And now off to the store to supplement the doughnut free diet with Quadruple Stuffs.


  27. Comment by Larry | 11.19.2009 | 11:04 am

    And don’t forget, In-N-Out burger is opening in Draper in mere days. Maybe they will include reduced fat Oreos dipped in peanut butter on their menu to give their store a “Utah flavor”.

    …that, or include fry sauce.

  28. Comment by StephenB | 11.19.2009 | 11:10 am

    Just to mess with your head a tad more: how about reduced-fat PB on your reduced-fat Oreos? Wouldn’t they add up to virtually no harm at all?

  29. Comment by Dustin | 11.19.2009 | 11:24 am

    For some reason I find myself craving Oreo’s now. Ugh.

  30. Comment by MOCougFan | 11.19.2009 | 11:25 am

    FC… Skim, 1%, or Whole milk with that? Does that alter the equation?

    Just curious.

  31. Comment by Mark | 11.19.2009 | 11:27 am

    Check the carb count. Oreos with fat, 25 grams 8%. Oreos without fat, 27 grams 9%. They are adding carbs somewhere in exchange for the fat.

  32. Comment by Keith | 11.19.2009 | 11:37 am

    I think this is the Oreo version of Jevon’s Paradox:

  33. Comment by Clydesteve | 11.19.2009 | 11:43 am

    First off, these images are far more appealing than the first image in yesterdays’ post. Thanks for that. I ate about a dozen peanut butter sandwich cookies that the bookkeeper left out yesterday.

    Today it will probably be a dozen Oreos with thematic green & red Christmas frosting. In the Double Stuff version, of course.

    You really are a helpful guy, Fatty.


    I got in a hurrycane-aided commute this morning. 38 degrees F, 40 mph tailwinds! (whee!), and I was cruisin’ at 26 mph with low effort. The commute home might be a 21-mile uphill.

    Better pre-fuel on Oreo carbs.

  34. Comment by girodichatterbox | 11.19.2009 | 11:56 am

    During stage races – and only during stage races – I allow myself to purchase Oreos, or more precisely Trader Joes “Joe Joes”, which are transfat and HFCS-free, and taste better than Oreos. Because, can you really ever eat too many calories during a stage race? Perhaps I will start with the peanut butter thing, too.

  35. Comment by Dirk | 11.19.2009 | 12:08 pm

    Is that Pnut butter or the leftover guac on that cookie?

  36. Comment by Charisa | 11.19.2009 | 12:13 pm

    Why have I never thought to put PB on an oreo?!!! Must go get some NOW :)

    Oh, and I hope you had milk to go with that!

  37. Comment by TomE | 11.19.2009 | 12:14 pm

    I hear ya Fatty!! Have the same issue with Cheez-Its…the Reduced Fat ones TASTE better…hince the likelihood to eat more!!!!

  38. Comment by slowguy | 11.19.2009 | 12:21 pm

    You could incorporate them into a weight loss plan and eat them with yesterday’s guac, practically guarateeing a 5-7lbs drop in weight as it thunders like a freight train thru a deserted station.

  39. Comment by blinddrew | 11.19.2009 | 12:24 pm

    tell me that isn’t…
    that is isn’t it?
    that’s peanut butter on an oreo?
    How did anyone ever come up with that?
    Really, how?

  40. Comment by SkiMoab | 11.19.2009 | 12:49 pm

    Why all the love for Double/Triple/Quadruple Stufs? This is the perfect example of too much of a good thing. :)
    Regular Oreos have been precisely engineered through years of research to provide the human race with the perfect cookie-to-cream ratio. Any more cream weakens the flavor of the chocolate resulting in a cream-dominated tasting experience.
    Double Stufs are an evil plot by Nabisco because:
    1) They to get us to eat more cookies. Larger cookies equals less per package, so we unintentionally eat more calories and finish the package sooner.
    2) Extra cream means there is increased leverage on the cookie when you bite into it, so the cookie always breaks in half instead of where you bite into it. Not the ideal snacking experience.
    3) They spell ‘Stuf’ wrong, and we believe them!

  41. Comment by Jennie | 11.19.2009 | 12:55 pm

    usually ‘less fat’ = ‘more sugar’

    oddly, your sugars read the same but your 3.5g of missing fat does appear to have magically been converted into 2g of carb somehow… without additional sugar since grams of sugar is the same on both labels

    I’m mystified

    also 1+0+1+2 appears to = 4.5g of fat
    I hate reading nutritional labels… it always makes my math hurt

    so, how are reduced fat oreos better? are they sweeter? is it flavor? texture?

  42. Comment by Jennie | 11.19.2009 | 12:59 pm

    oops- that’s only 2.5 g of fat reduced

  43. Comment by hp | 11.19.2009 | 1:16 pm

    OMG the oreo with PB! Could that be the next best cycling food? Sounds like it to me. Now need a practical way to put in cycling jersey or bento box.

  44. Comment by Slonie | 11.19.2009 | 1:25 pm

    Another vote for the Joe Joes… Better than Oreos!

    (Technically better for you as well, but that’s hardly the point).

    SIDE NOTE: At several mountain bike races and one or two charity rides this year, I invented the Peanut Butter and Jelly and Oreo sandwich. Just take one of those quarter-PB&J’s that they always have at the table, and insert one oreo per quarter. Also works with Chocolate Chip Cookies.

  45. Comment by Russ | 11.19.2009 | 1:36 pm

    The real way to eat Oreos is frozen. Then the fat doesn’t matter because it can’t be consumed in a frozen state, hence you can eat as many as you want :-)

    Seriously, they are delicious frozen. You can’t stop at just three.

  46. Comment by ocary | 11.19.2009 | 1:38 pm

    Semi-recently, I was at the local grocer acquiring sustenance for a party and got all giddy when I saw Peanut Butter Oreos. (think: Oreos with PB filling instead of cream). Right. Into. The. Basket. Cha-ching!

    Fast forward to the kitchen at home where the roommate and I tear into the package full prepared to “spoil our dinner” as we are both PB fanatics and I love me the cookies.

    Major Buzzkill. They were terrible. Seriously disappointed.

  47. Comment by MattC | 11.19.2009 | 1:47 pm

    I saw a mention of putting pb with bacon…whoa there! What are you trying to do? That would be too much goodness in one place and time for the laws of physics to deal with. Don’t you know that putting those 2 items together could end the world as we know it? It would be like mixing matter and antimatter. They considered using Bacon and PB in the Manhattan project instead of uranium…but went with Nuclear Fission instead…much easier to control, and has a predictable outcome. STEP AWAY FROM THE BACON!

  48. Comment by centurion | 11.19.2009 | 1:57 pm

    Skip the PB.
    Get your ass some chocolate covered Oreo’s. Then get some caramel to put on the chocolate covered Oreos.
    To make it healthy, sprinkle chopped pecans on top.

  49. Comment by Onan the Barbarian | 11.19.2009 | 2:04 pm

    Oreos (low fat or otherwise) dipped into White Russians are delicious.

    Trust me on this fact.

  50. Comment by sarah | 11.19.2009 | 2:09 pm

    it’s candy cane joe-joe’s season, and i have a box right here to prove it!

  51. Comment by Road Divit | 11.19.2009 | 2:22 pm

    Road Divit’s Diet Secrets.
    1) Cheesecake is not really cake.
    2) If there are no witnesses – there are no calories
    3) If you drink a beer slowly – You burn the calories
    faster than you consume them.

    Road Divit’s Training Secret – next edition

  52. Comment by JamesInPhoenix | 11.19.2009 | 2:25 pm

    Ok Fatty I have the cure to your problem… well it may only be a temporary cure but it could turn you off to Oreo’s for a good long time…
    So here’s the deal, when I was on the mission in southern France the Elders had this game we played. It involved 50 Lu granola and chocolate cookies and a litre of milk (as opposed to a liter which is entirely different). How it worked was you had to eat all 50 cookies and drink the litre of milk (by the way milk in France is nuclearly eradiated or some other craziness that makes it last on the shelf for six months! Oh and it’s served at room temperature –have you EVER had lukewarm nucked milk? Yeah it’s as good as it sounds…) So anyway back to what I was saying, the game consisted of eating all 50 cookies and drinking the litre of milk inside of an hour, WITHOUT hurling. Sounds doable, no? No is the correct answer about half the guys who tried it would yark (and all but one sister missionary I knew spewed chunks too). See what happens is long about cookie 30 or so, you loose the desire to eat them. Soon it’s a question of will power to force your hand to lift the cookies that have become mysteriously heavy. They no longer taste good and you’re starting to feel more than a little queasy. The best part is even when you were successful and lasted the post consumption no yarking hour you didn’t want to have ANYTHING to do with Lu cookies and even the package made you feel just a tinge of queasiness. Now I know that granola cookies expand where the Oreo’s wont so the variation on this I suggest is, 100 cookies and a quart of milk. Consume them however you want in less than an hour, if you can hold them down for an hour after finishing I’ll make you a special gold start Oreo badge. If you still crave Oreo’s after that… well then there’s nothing I can do to help…

  53. Comment by rexinsea | 11.19.2009 | 2:31 pm

    Seems strange the reduced fat cookies have fewer grams of fat but only 10 fewer calories. Makes the lowfat variety even worse since you’ll tend to eat more AND your body will go ahead and convert those empty calories to fat on your body. Go back to the high fat cookies and eat fewer. Just my $.02 but it’s free advice; so you get what you pay for.

  54. Comment by kentucky joe | 11.19.2009 | 2:32 pm

    Although a big fan of dessert, not into oreos all that much BUT I recently found some huge oreos covered in white icing in the pantry….almost too large to get in your mouth…but they are seriously good and no I have not even peeked at the label to see how bad they are for me…

  55. Comment by rightbehindyou | 11.19.2009 | 2:43 pm

    Thanks for the Oreo insight … am I the only one that love the new Double Stuf Vanilla Oreo’s? Can’t wait to introduce them to PB. :)

  56. Comment by GrizzlyAdam | 11.19.2009 | 3:17 pm

    Well – if it’s really a problem, just dip either Oreo into the guac from the party.

  57. Comment by joe blow | 11.19.2009 | 3:18 pm

    Too bad you couldn’t find the solution I did to my version of your problem. I love potato chips, especially Ruffles. (I like the kettle ones better, but Ruffles are more readily avilable.) They are horrible for you. They came out with fat free Ruffle. Its made with Olestra. I consumed nearly an entire bag. I then realized that the digestive Olestra side effects are real. I now cannot even look at a bag of Ruffles unless there is a toilet within sprinting distance. Bon Appetit!

  58. Comment by Mara P | 11.19.2009 | 3:26 pm

    I just buy the organic Newman’s Own oreo style cookie, and tell myself that the all naturalness/ lack of preservatives and chemicals make up for all of the calories and fat.

  59. Comment by The D | 11.19.2009 | 3:32 pm

    For the love of all that is good and decent, why did someone have to mention Oreos + Nutella. I will not be able to think of anything else all day. I may have to go find some titillating photos, just so I can switch gears. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  60. Comment by Philly Jen | 11.19.2009 | 3:35 pm

    I just saw the new enrobed-in-chocolate-and-dipped-in-crushed-candy-cane perppermint Joe-Joes in the store the other day. Yowza.

    Confession: I scrape off the creme filling from all the Oreos I eat and just consume the chocolate cookies. Sad and wasteful, no? So readers, if you are a fan of Nth-stuffed Oreos, let’s be friends — I’ll always let you have the middle of every Oreo, and the cosmic balance of the universe will be restored.

  61. Comment by bike girl | 11.19.2009 | 3:38 pm

    So here’s the thing: fat slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream… so if you eat sugar, you should eat it with fat. Unless, of course, you like the blood sugar spike, which leads to the blood sugar canyon, which leads to more snacking, which leads to your earning the nickname you don’t deserve in your current non-Fatty state. So choose.

  62. Comment by Stephen | 11.19.2009 | 3:57 pm

    Dude- You had me at Oreos! I rarely get a package, because it lasts less than 1 day. Maybe we should start a support group- OA?

  63. Comment by treknott | 11.19.2009 | 3:58 pm

    Trade Joes Jo Jo’s. Ok, so it’s not health food and it follows all the fatty rules.

    I think it tastes better than oreos plus: no tropical oils or hydro-poly-carboanted fats. My favorite is the chocolate filled chocolate ones …. ooh, pepermint’s out now.

  64. Comment by Sara | 11.19.2009 | 4:11 pm

    Hey PhillyJen…..Nabisco (I think) makes chocolate wafers that taste just like the outside of Oreos. I love them, especially stuffed with ice cream! Just take a walk down the cookie aisle.

  65. Comment by Matt G. | 11.19.2009 | 4:15 pm

    Dude! What about sandwiched with frozen yogurt!

  66. Comment by jilrubia | 11.19.2009 | 5:18 pm

    Philly Jen…stick those little pucks of frosty-white goodness into a ziploc and send ‘em on up to MN. I stopped buying them because they are deliciously evil. Oops, just remembered, grabbed a bag of “Special Edition” Candy Cane Oreos at the store last night, but haven’t tried them yet. I am a liar. See? They induce evil.

  67. Comment by sansauto | 11.19.2009 | 5:30 pm

    A friend in high school once gave me an Oreo where he had, unbeknownst to me, licked out the white goodness and replaced it with toothpaste. I haven’t looked at Oreos quite the same since.

  68. Comment by Lisa B in Seattle | 11.19.2009 | 5:33 pm

    Thanks FC. I’m now stuffing Trader Joe’s triple ginger snaps in my mouth. Not Oreos, but they’re all that’s available. Oreos aren’t allowed in the house because 1: there are no kids, and B: they wouldn’t last the day. Uh oh. All out of triple ginger snaps …

  69. Comment by Pants Yabbies | 11.19.2009 | 5:53 pm

    Newman-O’s…yay! I try not to kid myself, though.

    One of my personal favorites is to put peanut butter in the bottom of a bowl and nuke it until it’s on the hot side of warm. I then proceed to make an ice cream sundae over said nuked peanut butter. Vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup (or hot fudge for a double-whammy), whipped cream, and cherries are all acceptable. Your tastebuds will thank you!

  70. Comment by Asthmagirl | 11.19.2009 | 6:35 pm

    Is that peanut butter? Or aged guacamole?

  71. Comment by kdub | 11.19.2009 | 8:06 pm

    I agree the other commenters that Peppermint Trader Joe Joes are AMAZING. Wonter how they would taste with peanut butter or nutell. Taste test? I also agree reduced fat Cheeze-Its are way better than the original.

  72. Comment by KB | 11.19.2009 | 8:11 pm

    You make me laugh almost every day. Thanks!

    Actually, I discovered that Safeway organic oreos don’t taste as good as regular oreos. I haven’t checked the fat but they might help you!

  73. Comment by cheapie | 11.19.2009 | 8:12 pm

    the low fat only have 10 fewer calories? hmmm….doesn’t seem worth it.

    btw, i have the same problem with baked cheetos. i will eat 3 times as many of them as the normal ones, negating any calorie savings.

  74. Comment by Bobby | 11.19.2009 | 9:36 pm

    I am a little confused as to why the kids are getting treats in their lunches that you go to such great lengths to prevent yourself from eating….

  75. Comment by Bobby | 11.19.2009 | 9:37 pm

    ….that being said, everything is better with peanut butter.

  76. Comment by Egonlou | 11.19.2009 | 9:40 pm

    I have a slight oreo fetish myself, so no they do not come into our house at all. If I have access to them, the sleeve is gone.

    My latest thing has been peanut butter, can;t keep it around.

    Now you’re mixing the two? I am going to have to stop following this site.

  77. Comment by VA Biker | 11.19.2009 | 9:43 pm

    Fun post. Makes me think of the time way back when physics instructor Big Mike in Oz sent you PB Oreos, all the way from… Oz, of course.

    I’m with the several comments on where the missing calories come from. Reduced fat in the US almost always means decreased quantity in the package + increased sugar and/or carbs.

    The mystery food for me is peanut butter. Why in the world do folks buy the “processed” type with substitute oils and sugar added, when the basic roasted peanuts and salt version tastes so good?

  78. Comment by Tina | 11.19.2009 | 9:56 pm

    Loved today’s post.

  79. Comment by @ArizonaTriGuy | 11.19.2009 | 10:53 pm

    OMG, I just peed myself. That was hilarious.

  80. Comment by Ronna | 11.19.2009 | 10:57 pm

    I wish I could just buy the inside of the Oreo. The cookie is good but is simply something put the beautiful white innards on. It isn’t exactly frosting, it is so much better!

  81. Comment by Jim Miller | 11.20.2009 | 12:42 am

    Fatty, the fact that their are 80 comments to this post should say enough about Americas addiction to Oreos. I have found that the only solution to not downing a package of oreos in three settings is to never, never have them in the house. I love the peanut butter post. Years ago I found that one rounded teaspoon of peanut butter fits perfectly on top of an oreo. I have also found that oreos dip greatly in any number of liquids (milk, coffee, iced tea) and this always makes the drinks even better…God love Oreos…So which weighs more a pound of Oreos or the pound of Fat we have to carry up the hills after eating them…..Low fat Smo fat go for the real thing and enjoy life…..nobody every left this planet saying I wish I ate less Oreos

  82. Comment by buckythedonkey | 11.20.2009 | 2:00 am

    Today’s content-aware Google ads are hilarious!

  83. Comment by Powerful Pete | 11.20.2009 | 4:41 am

    It’s a rough world out there. Eat those cookies. And then ride more.

  84. Comment by Powerful Pete | 11.20.2009 | 4:42 am

    Oh, and for the record, I really like Oreos, and I am from Italy. So the whole US obsession thing is not completely accurate…

  85. Comment by Melody | 11.20.2009 | 7:12 am

    Aahhh A man after my own heart. Just darned near everything is better with peanutbutter. And low fat Oreos? Never tried them but I sure will – thank you very much.

  86. Comment by VT_Rob | 11.20.2009 | 7:15 am

    No one believes my theory that cookies actually contain crack (or some other highly addictive narcotic.)

    And finding cookies the kids will eat and you find unappealing (despite said crack content)is the key. The current leader is Keebler Soft Batch Choc Chip.

  87. Comment by Mike Roadie | 11.20.2009 | 7:20 am

    But there is a very health conscious 1 gram of fiber in that serving.

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  89. Comment by Eric | 11.20.2009 | 8:14 am

    I think the best part of reading this post is that the ad server for your site was displaying the “I got Ripped in 4 Weeks” ad just below your picture of the oreo in peanut butter. As I sit here eating a cranberry scone and drinking a large coffee, I wonder if the guy in that picture have ever eaten an entire sleeve of oreos.

  90. Comment by Shellyg8r | 11.20.2009 | 8:19 am

    I like the Reduced Fat Nilla better too. They’re crunchier.

  91. Comment by cece | 11.20.2009 | 8:25 am

    I swear I could smell that rotting guacamole in the pic the day before! It oozed out of my computer and I thought you had patented a new invention! It is interesting that this oreo blog got so many replies….guess there are lots of oreo eaters out there…or those that fantasize about eating them…which I prefer@ Tis’ the season….brace yourself…they are making peppermint filled oreos…something else to figure into your calorie counts!

  92. Comment by cece | 11.20.2009 | 8:31 am

    Hey VT Rob! It’s not crack…it’s opium. : ) Read “The End of Overeating” by David Kessler….sugar stimulates the same brain receptors as does opium…this is not new research…he just says it sooo well! He’s the one who outed the cigarette makers putting more nicotine in cigarettes to addict people more!


  93. Comment by | 11.20.2009 | 9:09 am

    Somehow I seem to remember:

    fat = good
    sugar = bad

  94. Comment by Jim B | 11.20.2009 | 9:49 am

    Sure, less fat, but going from 160 calories per serving to 150 calories per serving is cutting only 6% of the calories. Yeah, less fat, but your body has no problem turning the excess calories in to fat.

    If it didn’t work like that, imagine this. Imagine a snack consisting of three regular oreos: almost 40% fat. Instead, imagine a snack of three regular oreos and a can of soda: under 20% of the calories from fat. Win!

  95. Comment by Gary | 11.20.2009 | 10:47 am

    Oreos… yumm… My drug of choice is the Double-Stuff. I have no problem killing an entire package in a day or two. Can’t even keep them in the house.

  96. Comment by Lyndon | 11.20.2009 | 11:19 am

    Hi Fatty,

    Highly entertaining post as usual. I have set myself some serious goals for next season. Consequently I have changed my diet recently in a attempt to lose weight – and have been very successful in doing so. This change can be summed up in one simple philosophy – forget about the fat content, look at the sugar content. Not ‘total carbs’, but ’sugars’, i.e. refined sugars.

    I have a new appreciation for the impact diet can have. I always thought that if I just trained harder I would lose weight. This never really happened. But cutting back on refined sugar (while still eating the same amount of fat) has had a dramatic effect.

    I hope I havn’t bored you to the point of comfort eating….

  97. Comment by eandjmum | 11.20.2009 | 1:22 pm

    Oh Fatty – you just take the cake – well biscuit actually LOL – on this one!!!

  98. Comment by Lana | 11.20.2009 | 2:29 pm

    Better than Oreos – Oreo TRUFFLES. Just had these at a chili cook off today, omg oreos only better – I didn’t think it possible

    Oreo Truffles

    1 package oreo cookies (divided… use cookie including the cream center)
    1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened)
    Milk chocolate bark (Kroger brand chocolate bark is the best! You can find this in the baking aisle)

    1. Place entire package of oreo cookies in a food processor or place them in a ziploc bag and crush into a fine consistency. Pour into a mixing bowl.
    2. Stir in softened cream cheese. Use the back of a large spoon to help mash the two together.
    3. Roll the mixture into 1? balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheets into the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
    4. Melt chocolate as directed on the package. Dip balls into chocolate, tap off extra and set aside on a wax paper covered cookie sheet to dry.
    5. Once dry, refrigerate and enjoy!

    Makes about 36 truffles.

  99. Comment by Deb. | 11.20.2009 | 5:56 pm

    I wish they would make the double stuff ones without the crunchy cookie part.

  100. Comment by Bluenoser | 11.20.2009 | 6:17 pm



  101. Comment by Lily | 11.20.2009 | 6:19 pm

    They actually exist!! PEANUT BUTTER CREME OREOS (2 cookies = 140 calories, 6 gm fat (1.5 gm sat.), 20 gm carbs, 1 gm fiber, 2 gr protein)

  102. Comment by Paula | 11.20.2009 | 8:09 pm

    Ok, I stop by here every few weeks to check in on you and your adventures. My husband is a biker and I feel like your blog is a window into his crazy brain. But now, you have entered my brain. I love Oreos and I justify having them for supper and breakfast sometimes because I will drink a glass of milk with them. Of course, I only do this if the kids are not around, it would be hard to explain to them why they are eating green beans and I am having Oreos for supper. Anyway, you may be my new favorite person, I just wanted to let you know. Now I have to go…I have some Oreo’s to eat.

  103. Comment by Lindaloo | 11.20.2009 | 8:36 pm

    Since the subject is food- GOOD FOOD-will you re-post your mashed potatoe recipe? I’m hosting this year and want the crowd to go wild!

  104. Comment by whitp | 11.20.2009 | 10:13 pm

    ! I love OREOS! Can’t have them around Or I will eat them all!!! I only use them for food at feed zones when I know I am burning enough fuel to allow it! Have you seen the cool ones with Red filling for Christmas? YUMMY!

  105. Comment by ChuckZ | 11.20.2009 | 10:22 pm

    My official diet loophole – any food eaten on a bike or in a spin class is officially free.

    I have until Tuesdays spin class to figure out how to mount a jar of peanutbutter in my water bottle cage.

  106. Comment by Jim Miller | 11.20.2009 | 11:58 pm

    One more post

    Trader Joe’s make a good copy called JoJo’s with vanilla cream….I think I like them better than Oreos. Also I had to copy down that truffle recipe to give it a try

  107. Comment by Dobovedo | 11.21.2009 | 2:49 am

    well, seein’ as how I saw that damned guacamole photo again while scrolling down to the bottom of this post, i will never never never never eat Oreos again.

    Thanks Fatty!

    please feel free to include that photo adjacent to any and every other bad for me food i love to eat all the time but shouldn’t.

  108. Comment by Sudar | 11.21.2009 | 1:09 pm

    I love oreo’s all kinds really!!! But the real reason I’m posting…I opened my mailbox today and there was a package from Twinsix! I finally got my Fatty gear!! Looks awesome, can’t wait to go out on a ride with my new gear!

  109. Comment by Angie F | 11.21.2009 | 2:00 pm

    I LOVE Oreos and LOVED your post! The comments have me rolling on the floor! Thanks!

  110. Comment by Shiny Flu | 11.21.2009 | 5:31 pm

    Your post has forced me to go to the ‘gourmet’ section of a local (and German since well, I’m in Germany) Department Store and buy a pack of Oreo’s for 4 Euros (around US$6)…

    Thanks a lot. No really, funny post!

  111. Comment by MrDaveyGie | 11.21.2009 | 10:27 pm

    I was going to say something but this post has me now going to the grocery store.

  112. Comment by Powerful Pete | 11.22.2009 | 9:33 am

    Any volunteers to ship some good peanut butter to Italy?

    The last pic in the post is really bothering me… in a good way.

  113. Comment by Lynette | 11.22.2009 | 9:13 pm

    oreos are full of cookie awesomeness. what you really need to do is dip ‘em in coffee for breakfast. or so the rumor has it.

  114. Comment by chefjt | 11.22.2009 | 9:25 pm

    Okay, so I find your web site and drink the kool-aid (suager-free, of course). I work hard, join Team Fatty, ride philly, even start my own site to try to shame myself into dropping the Lbs like my new hero.

    And what happens…..after a little taste, you lead me right to the crack, the crystal meth, the reduced fat oreos, which I bought today, or more precisely four hours and half a package ago.

    How could you??????????

  115. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 11.23.2009 | 4:55 am

    According to the physics degree on my wall 30% less fat means 30% more can be eaten. Talking in whole numbers that means an equivalent (in terms of fat/calories) serve would be 3 biscuits + 30% of 3 biscuits. For those of you without a physics degree that’s 4 biscuits.

    Now Fatty, based on the second last picture I suspect you may have had your calculator set to radians mode rather than degrees.

    Philosophy and Axiom notwithstanding, I suspect your calculator work may be detrimental to your longterm health.

  116. Comment by Allie | 11.23.2009 | 10:22 am

    Honestly, I think you’re being a bit hard on yourself. You really don’t eat any more than a mouse.

    At my house we have been waging full scale battles against the forces of the Mouse King. Our locale being in New England with winter closing in, the local rodent population has been seeking shelter. For some reason they have settled on our humble abode.

    How did we know we had new tenants? By the crumbs left behind from two completely consumed sleeves of Oreos – right in the box and right through the cellphane wrappers – talk about being ticked off! We were saving our treasured Oreos as occasional rewards for good dietary/weight loss behavior.

    I really tried the humane approach – catch and release – but then I discovered rodent ‘presents’ in an empty Power Bar box. They had gone too far. This was a full declaration of war. Soooooooo……..too long story shortened – snap traps baited with peanut butter have turned the tide.

    So really, you have nothing to worry about – it’s only mouse food. Of course if a mouse reads this blog they may organize a resettlement plan with La Casa Fatty as their first stop. You have been warned. :)

  117. Comment by kdub | 11.23.2009 | 10:29 am

    Yeah, I got my jersey and t-shirt the day before my birthday just as I had hoped! They turned out great.

  118. Comment by Twodogs | 11.23.2009 | 5:11 pm

    My wife and I discovered a fondue restaurant the serves chocolate with crunchy peanut butter. Along with that comes assorted things to dip but the ultimate was marshmallows rolled in oreo crumbs then slathered with warm chocolate and peanut butter. Many miles to ride to get rid of that dessert. But ohhh so worth it!

  119. Comment by bikecopVT | 11.23.2009 | 5:27 pm

    Try peanut butter Girl Scout cookies dipped in Marshmallow Fluff it is the worst. By worst of course I mean BEST!

    Fight Like Susan!

  120. Comment by liz | 11.23.2009 | 6:25 pm

    Thanks Fatty! After 8 years of an Oreo-less marriage, I found a pack of Oreos in the kitchen cabinet. Yes, my husband went right out and purchased some. And, yes, they are fabulous!

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