A class of high school math students found that Double Stuf Oreos don’t actually contain twice the cream filling of the original.
“They found out the Double Stuf was 1.86 times the original,” says Dan Anderson, the group’s math teacher at Queensbury High School in Queensbury, New York.
Most of us are more concerned with how we’ll eat an Oreo cookie—twist, dunk, or bite—rather than finding out how much filling, or “Stuf,” is in it. Anderson’s students compared the fillings in original, Double Stuf, and Mega Stuf Oreos. (The word “Mega” typically indicates 1,000,000 times an amount.)
For each Oreo type, the students weighed the intact cookies first. They then took the wafers off and weighed them separately. Last, the students subtracted the weight of the wafers from the weight of the intact cookie to find the weight of the filling.
The results came up short. Not only did Double Stuf have less than twice the weight of the filling in regular Oreos, but Mega Stuf had only 2.68 times the Stuf of the original cookie. Not that anyone expected Mega Stuf Oreos to have a million times the Stuf, but the students tested the cookies because the word double specifically means twice the amount of something.
“We were very surprised,” Anderson told CNN.
Despite the students’ findings, the folks at Nabisco, the company that makes Oreos, insist that their cookies are all that they’re stuffed to be!
Nabisco spokeswoman Kimberly Fontes says, “While I’m not familiar with what was done in the classroom setting, I can confirm for you that our recipe for the Oreo Double Stuf cookie has double the stuff, or creme filling, when compared with our base, or original Oreo cookie.”