National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day ~ August 4th

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

On August 4th we celebrate that yummy delicious chocolate chip cookie!

The History of Chocolate Chip Cookies

Did you know that chocolate chip cookies were created in 1937 when a woman named Ruth Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in the town of Whitman, Massachusetts added cut-up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestlé chocolate bar to a cookie recipe.

Ruth Wakefield was an American chef graduate, dietitian, educator, business owner, and author. In 1930, she and her husband bought a tourist lodge that they eventually named the Toll House Inn, in Whitman in Plymouth County. Passengers paid a toll, changed horses, and ate home-cooked meals.

Ruth was a chef and cooked all these homemade meals for guests, soon earning local fame for her fabulous meals. Soon notable people travelled to visit The Tollhouse Inn including folks like US Ambassador Joseph Kennedy, Sr..

Ruth would serve ice cream for dessert along with butterscotch cookies. But she decided to try something new and added chocolate pieces to a dough and came up with chocolate chip cookies.

Families from Massachusetts were sending care packages to the soldiers with these new chocolate chip cookies, and those soldiers shared with other soldiers from other states. Soon chocolate chip cookies became a national favorite.

You’ve probably noticed then that the The Nestlé brand Toll House cookies is named for the inn Ruth Wakefield owned. In 1939, in an exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate, Ruth agreed to let Nestlé add her recipe to the chocolate bar’s packaging in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

When Nestlé first started selling chocolate for Tollway cookies, they sold the chocolate in a bar with a small chopping tool to chop it up into little pieces. It wasn’t until 1941, Nestlé started selling the chocolate in “chip” form.

The Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie was named Official State Cookie to honor the cookie’s creation in the state, on July 9, 1997 after it was proposed by a third-grade class from Somerset.

The Original Recipe

The original recipe was passed down to Sue Brides’ daughter, Peg. In a 2017 interview, she shared the original recipe:

  • 1+12 cups (350 mL) shortening
  • 1+18 cups (265 mL) sugar
  • 1+18 cups (265 mL) brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1+12 teaspoon (7.5 g) salt
  • 3+18 cups (750 mL) of flour
  • 1+12 teaspoon (7.5 g) hot water
  • 1+12 teaspoon (7.5 g) baking soda
  • 1+12 teaspoon (7.5 g) vanilla
  • chocolate chips (The Tried and True Recipes cookbook specifies “2 bars (7 oz.) Nestlé’s yellow label chocolate, semi-sweet, which has been cut in pieces the size of a pea.”).

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