Are Oreos Halal?


Oreo cookie

Ingredients used to make Oreo cookies are halal in nature. However, OREO cookies sold in the North America (US & Canada) are just not Halal Certified.

Not too long ago, there was a rage online with people speculating whether everyones beloved OREO cookies were halal or not. The conversation got so heated that OREO publicly announced that their cookies are not halal certified.

OREO's official twitter account claiming that OREO cookies are not halal certified
OREO’s official twitter account claiming that OREO cookies are not halal certified

This statement poured more fuel to the fire as people in the muslim community were heart broken thinking that their favorite cookie was no longer fine to eat.

However, a lot of people failed to look at the ingredients list that is publicly available.

OREO’s Ingredients are Halal by Nature

This is what many failed to realize. When looking at the complete list of ingredients of OREO cookies, there’s nothing that is questionable. In fact, it proves that OREOs are vegetarian and halal by nature.

Here’s a list of ingredients that go into making an OREO cookie (source):

  • Sugar
  • Unbleached enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mono-nitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid)
  • High oleic canola oil or palm oil
  • Cocoa (treated with alkali)
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Leavening agent (baking soda or monocalcium phosphate)
  • Corn starch
  • Salt
  • Soy lecithin
  • Vanillin
  • Chocolate

Looking at this list of ingredients, nothing stood out to us to make us think that OREO cookies are not halal.

Here’s a great video by That Muslim Guy on YouTube, where he breaks down this topic in a humorous way. Definitely worth subscribing to his channel!

OREOs In The Middle East Are Halal

We wanted to make sure that our audience understood that this conversation mainly pertains to OREOs sold in North America (Canada and the US).

OREOs sold in the Middle East and other muslim countries are 100% halal. They also include a halal certification on the box.

Oreo Says Its Cookies in US and Canada Aren't Halal But There's More - Lens
Source: ProPakistani

Final Thoughts

Some people are content enough with the research above to continue eating OREOs. While others believe that if any food does not have that green halal sticker, then it is not halal to consume. As we always say here on HalalGuidance, do your own research and make your decision based off the information you’ve read and make your own judgement.

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