WAYNE, NJ – On the last day of Wayne’s Farmers Market, Paul Bastante of Silk City Films captured the last of his footage for his Wayne Documentary, Hills and Valleys: A Journey Through Wayne. The segment will be called “Uh-Oh, Oreo,” and will be a tribute to Sam Porcello the Wayne resident and lead scientist at Nabisco, who is best known for creating the crème in the Oreo cookie.
“It is just one more example of something so iconic having roots right here in Wayne,” said Bastante.
Since its introduction in 1912, the Oreo cookie has become the best-selling cookie in the United States. “Over 400 Billion Oreo cookies have sold since they were first introduced,” said Bastante. “That makes them the best-selling cookie of the 20th century.”
Bastante set up a table with a checkered tablecloth, put out packages of Oreos and offered milk in Red Solo Cups. He set up his camera on the other side of the table and waited. The bait was set and soon there was a line of people who wanted to demonstrate their unique way of eating an Oreo Cookie and hoping for a minute of fame in the upcoming documentary.
Jamie Hristov has visited the Farmers Market several times with her son Konstantin and came over just to get him a cookie. It was then that she learned that there was a documentary about Wayne being made and joined in the fun.
“I’ve lived here for almost twenty-years,” said Hristov, “and, I didn’t know that the Oreo Crème was invented here.” How does she eat an Oreo? Hristov pulls the cookie apart and scrapes the crème off with her bottom teeth.
No one who had been interviewed at the Farmers Market knew about Sam Porcello, but everyone knew about his cookie.
“I like to twist it apart and lick the crème off with my tongue,” said Samantha Rosenstein, then demonstrated, again and again until there were only two chocolate disce were in her hands.
When Ariella Chapnik eats an oreo, she does it by just shoving the whole thing in her mouth. What’s her favorite part of the cookie? “All of it,” she said with a smile, showing black cookie-covered-chompers.
Wayne student Callie Ng uses a fork, shoving the tines between the chocolate discs and into the crème. She then holds the cookie under milk, waits for the chocolate discs to become soft, then pops the whole thing into her mouth. She was asked for an interview, but the teenager was taught not to talk with her mouth full.
The energetic Manager of the Farmers Market, Jill Goordman sat down at Bastante’s table and was asked what her favorite part of the Oreo was. “The crunchy, the creamy, the sweetness, I adore it all,” she said before shoving a whole cookie in her mouth but couldn’t chew and swallow it all before she was laughing.
That was clearly the magic of the Oreo, because everyone who joined in were all smiles and laughter. It could be why the Oreo was so popular…or, it could be the crème.
Jill Goordman: It was so much fun, we had lots of little kids doing the Oreo demonstration, adults did it, and I did it, too."
When asked about the upcoming documentary, she said: “We’re all looking forward to November 2nd. It’s the big day!”
The November 2 show is completely sold out and there are only a handful of tickets left for the Sunday matinee on November 3. A third show was added and will be shown at Wayne Valley High School on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving.
Please visit: silkcityfilms.com for more information, or to purchase tickets for upcoming showings.