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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/29/2012

How many calories in that (imaginary) Oreo?

Seems everyone’s been talking this week about the image of a rainbow-striped Oreo cookie that Oreo posted on its Facebook Monday evening to commemorate national LGBT Pride Month. Many applaud it, others decry it.


A screengrab from Oreo's Twitter page. On June 25, the company posted a photo of a rainbow-colored cookie accompanied by the work "Pride." (Twitter - TWITTER)

And some of us are fantasizing about it.

The cookie is not real and there are apparently no plans to make it so. (The Facebook posting notes that the cookie is “made with creme colors that do not exist.”)

But I can’t help but wonder: If it were real – and I know it is not -- how many calories would it contain?

The Kraft (Nabisco, maker of Oreos, is a Kraft subsidiary) media relations office declined to speculate.  But they did help me deciper the nutrition facts for Oreos, whose packages list serving sizes by number of grams, not number of cookies, making my guesstimating job pretty tricky.

Based on the information Kraft provided, I figure a regular “Original” Oreo has roughly 53 calories (three cookies have 160) and a “Double Stuf” Oreo has 70 (two cookies have 140 calories). That means that extra layer of cream filling has about 17 calories, right? Since the (imaginary) Oreo has six (imaginary) layers of cream filling, that adds up to 53 calories (for the original, single-layer cookie) plus another 85 calories (17 each for 5 extra layers) calories, according to my rudimentary math skills. That adds up to about 138 calories.

I’d spring for that as a special treat. I’m just saying.

By Jennifer Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 06/29/2012

Tags:  rainbow oreo

 
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