Oreo is dunking on the "REO" saga involving Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonCarson's affordable housing idea drawing undue flak Overnight Energy: Trump EPA looks to change air pollution permit process | GOP senators propose easing Obama water rule | Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules it says are too lax MORE, saying the acronym actually stands for a phrase praising its cookies.

Earlier Tuesday, Carson appeared puzzled about what an REO (Real estate owned) foreclosure was during a House Financial Services Committee hearing. 
 
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After Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) asked Carson about the housing term, he replied, "Oreo?"
 
"No, not an Oreo," Porter responded. "R-E-O."
 
Mondelez, the snack company that manufactures Oreos, didn't immediately return ITK's request for comment. But hours after the exchange, which quickly went viral, Oreo tweeted that REO stands for "Really Excellent Oreo."
 
"Everyone knows that," the company added.
Carson also made light of the cookie-related snafu. He later tweeted a photo of himself holding a box of Oreos, saying he was sending some Porter's way.