May Cookie of the Month: Chocolate Chip
Invented by accident in 1937 by Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Tollhouse Inn(town of Whitman,Mass) Ruth ran out of bakers chocolate so she used a semisweet bar and cut it into pieces.(a gift from Andrew Nestle)Ruth was expecting the choc to melt and it did not! Andrew Nestle paid Ruth for her now famous tollhouse recipe with a lifetime of nestle chocolate and the promise to print her famous recipe on every package of the chocolate!
Ruth’s recipe first ran in a Boston newspaper and was called ”Butterdrop Do Cookies”and later was changed to”choc crunch cookies”
The first choc chip cookie was the size of a quarter, super crispy and could be devoured in one bite
In the Middle East ccc are eaten with a knife and fork and topped with choc sauce
13.5’/.of Americans admit to eating 20 ccc at a time!
In 1939 Nestle introduced the conveniently pre chopped choc- the small buttons still known today as Nestle tollhouse choc morsels
7 billion ccc eaten in US every yr, 50’/. Being homemade
Ccc is the official state cookie for Mass. and Penn.(both nominated by grade school students)
Ruth and Kenneth Wakefield sold the Tollhouse Inn in 1966. In 1970,the Saccone family bought the bldg and restored it to its original 1700’s cape cod style. On New years Eve,1984,The Tollhouse Inn,burned to the ground and was never rebuilt. The site,the birthplace of the first ccc,is marked with a sign and is now home to an ice cream shop
Radio program”the Betty Crocker cooking school” launched the ccc to legendary status
Worlds largest ccc made by Immaculate baking co.
May 17,2003 in Flat Roc,NC 40,000 lbs! 102 ft in diameter. It was broken up and sold in commemorative boxes,raising $20,000 for the Folk Artists Foundation Museum and later recorded in Guinness book of world records in 2008