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Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

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So this week we honor the “chocolate chip cookie” It was invented , by accident , by Ruth Graves Wakefield in 1930. Wakefield was a dietician before she and her husband purchased a tourist lodge named the Toll House Inn. She is said to have been making chocolate cookiesand ran out of regular baker’s chocolate, So she substituted broken pieces of semi-sweet chocolate from Nestle’ thinking that they would melt and mix into the batter, but they did not and the chocolate chip cookie was born. Wakefield sold the recipe to Nestlé in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate chips.Thank you Ruth :)


During World War II,  US soldiers from Massachusetts….who were stationed overseas shared the cookies they received in care packages from back home with soldiers from other parts of the US. Soon, hundreds of soldiers were writing home asking their families to send them some Toll House cookies, and Wakefield was soon inundated with letters from around the world asking for her recipe. Thus began the nationwide craze for the chocolate chip cookie. Ruth wrote a cookbook, Toll House Tried and True Recipes, that went through 39 printings starting in 1930. She struck a deal with Nestle’ . The company would print her recipe on the cover of all their semi-sweet chocolate bars, and she would get a lifetime supply of chocolate.

Here is the original Nestle’ Toll House Cookie Recipe

There are many forms of chocolate chip cookies and brands …. whats your favorite ? Think as far as “store” bought chocolate chips go I love “Chips Ahoy” and the “Entenmann’s” Mini Soft Chocolate Chips :)

Take a look at this “How To” Video …..

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