Because you’ve always wondered, here’s the origin story behind peanut butter and Oreos in “The Parent Trap”
If you are a child of the ’90s, chances are you don’t dunk your Oreos in milk, and you don’t twist them apart to eat the creme filling. Rather, you smother your Oreos in peanut butter, thanks to The Parent Trap.
The 1998 film starred Lindsay Lohan, and she played not one, but two characters: Separated-at-birth twins, Hallie and Annie. Early in the movie, when the twins really bond for the first time, they realize that they both do this weird thing where they put peanut butter on Oreos. It’s a sign that even though they’ve been separated for 12 years, they’re clearly cosmically connected via snacks.
And now, for the last 20 years, I have also been eating peanut butter and Oreos, because I saw Lindsay Lohan do it in this movie (I even go so far as to order cookies and cream ice cream, and get peanut butter sauce — trust me, that’s also delicious). But, let’s be honest, this is a weird thing. Who first looked at an Oreo and said, “I want to put some peanut butter on this”?
Needing answers, I turned to the writer and director of The Parent Trap, Nancy Meyers. She’s got a new movie out, which she produced, Home Again. The movie is written and directed by Meyer’s daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer, and YES, Hallie in Parent Trap was named after Meyers’ daughter Hallie, and YES, the movie is dedicated to Hallie, and YES, now Hallie is making movies of her own.
But, as for the peanut butter and Oreos delicacy, Meyers literally made it up because she thought it sounded quirky.
"I forgot I even wrote that," She explained to HelloGiggles. "I have no idea [where I came up with it]. I think it was just something weird that both girls would like. It was another example of the fact that they're twins."
So turns out peanut butter and Oreos are not an age-old Meyers family tradition. Meyers asked me if I’ve ever had peanut butter and Oreos, and I had to confess to her I’ve been eating Oreos like this for 20 years…because of her movie. Meyers, meanwhile, has never tried it before, and someone run to Target for these items, stat.
"I just made up [peanut butter and Oreos] for no reason other than it sounded weird and some cute kid would do it."
There you have it. The peanut butter and Oreos origin story is that there is no origin story. Meanwhile, millennials all over the world are still doing this. (But it’s good, so all’s well.)