Chocolate chip cookies are drop cookies that originated in the United States. They feature chocolate chips, which are small morsels of sweetened chocolate, as its distinguishing ingredient. Take a look below for 25 more awesome and interesting facts about chocolate chip cookies.
1. In 1938, Ruth Graves Wakefield added chopped up bits from a Nestle semi-sweet chocolate bar into a cookie, which gave it the chocolate chip look.
2. The traditional recipe for chocolate chip cookies combines a dough composed of butter and both brown and white sugar, semi-sweet chocolate chips and vanilla.
3. Variations include recipes with other types of chocolate as well as additional ingredients such as nuts or oatmeal.
4. there are vegan versions of chocolate chip cookies with ingredient substitutions such as vegan chocolate chips, and vegan margarine.
5. The chocolate chip cookie was invented by the American chef Ruth Graves Wakefield and chef Sue Brides in 1938.
6. She invented the recipe during the period when she owned the Toll House Inn, in Whitman, Massachusetts.
7. It’s often incorrectly reported that Ruth accidentally developed the chocolate chip cookie, and that she expected the chocolate chunks would melt, making chocolate cookies. In fact, she stated that she deliberately invented the cookie.
8. The original recipe in Toll House Tried and True Recipes is called “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies.”
9. The 1938 edition of the Toll House Tried and True Recipes cookbook was the first to include the recipe for the chocolate chip cookie, which rapidly became a favorite in American households.
10. During World War II, 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 United States.
12. The recipe for chocolate chip cookies was brought to the United Kingdom in 1956.
13. Maryland Cookies was one of the U.K.’s best selling chocolate chip cookies.
14. Although the Nestle’s Toll House recipe is widely known, every brand of chocolate chips, or semi-sweet chocolate morsels in Nestle parlance, sold in the United States and Canada has a variant of the chocolate chip cookie recipe on its packaging.
15. Almost all baking-oriented cookbook will have at least one type of chocolate chip recipe.
16. Practically all commercial bakeries have their own version of the chocolate chip cookie in packaged baked or ready to bake forms.
17. There is an urban legend about Neiman Marcus which claims that he charged a customer $250 for the chocolate chip recipe, rather than the $2.50 the customer expected.
18. To honor the cookie’s creation in the state, on July 9, 1997, Massachusetts designated the chocolate chip cookie as the Official State Cookie, after it was proposed by a third-grade class from Somerset, Massachusetts.
19. In the Middle East, chocolate chip cookies are topped with chocolate sauce and eaten with a knife and fork.
20. 13.5% of American adults admit to having eaten 20 or more chocolate chip cookies at a time.
21. Otis Spunkmeyer’s attempt to sell cookies in the United Kingdom didn’t go so well because of the company’s name: In Britain, spunk is slang for semen.
22. Chocolate chip cookies are among only four foods acceptable to even the pickiest of eaters.
23. Consumption of chocolate chip cookies increased 10% following the introduction of detail Nutrition Facts labels.
24. Chocolate chips were invented for use in the chocolate chip cookie recipe.
25. DoubleTree by Hilton extends its tradition of giving a warm chocolate chip cookie to guests on check-in to anyone who walks in the door on July 4.