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Here’s Exactly How Long To Dunk Your OREOs, According To Science

If you clicked on this, I’m just going to assume you’ve dunked your cookies in milk before. If you’ve never dunked before, get your ass to the grocery store, buy some Oreos, your milk of choice, and listen up.

There is actually a specific scientific amount of time that you should be dunking for. If you dip the cookie in milk for too long, it falls apart and ruins your plans. If you don’t dip long enough, you just wasted your time with a mildly moist cookie.

According to Mental Floss, the was a study conducted by Utah State University, and they concluded that the sweet spot for Oreo cookie dunking is about 3.5 to 4 seconds.

Within the study, they found that at one second inside 2-percent milk, the Oreo absorbed 50 percent of it’s potential liquid weight. At two seconds in, the Oreo absorbed 80 percent of of possible liquid weight. After 4 seconds, the cookie stopped absorbing milk. So if you keep it in any longer than 4 seconds, nothing’s really happening in there and you’re basically playing yourself.

Of course, this study was done with 2-percent milk, and the time does change when using other milk, but only by a few split seconds, at most. So even if you’re doing it with skim, or 1-percent milk, dunking it no more than 4 seconds is ideal.

If you’re wondering how long to dunk non-Oreo cookies, there was a study conducted in the ’90s, by a scientist named E.W. Washburn, with fairly similar results. Washburn used a British biscuit (cookie) in his testing and found that you should keep the dunk between 3 to 5 seconds.

So next time you indulge in an Oreo cookie, and are dunking for any longer than 4 seconds, you’re not really doing anything but keeping yourself from eating it. Enjoy this newfound knowledge.


We’ve Found The Perfect Cookie Dunker. You’re Welcome


It has been scientifically proven that dunking your cookies in milk makes them taste 100 times better. Well, not really, but you get the point—it’s awesome.

While your timing in the dunking process is key to not letting it disappear into a sea of milk, we’ve all had that feeling of disappointment as we pull out and are no longer holding 2/3 of the cookie.

That no longer has to be a worry thanks to a nifty little device called the Dunking Buddy.

Using magnets, this clever little tool lets you place your cookie in a little compartment and lower it into the milk without getting your fingers wet and eliminating the fear of a disintegrating cookie.

They retail at $9.99 on the Dunking Buddy site, but can you really put a price on peace of mind?


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