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How the Chocolate Chip Was Born

Today, May 15th, is National Chocolate Chip Day!
Ruth Graves Wakefield is credited with "inventing" the chocolate chip in the 1930s. She owned the Toll House Inn, near Whitman, Massachusetts, and cooked for her guests.

One day, finding that she was out of baker's chocolate, Ruth substituted a chopped up Nestle chocolate bar in her famous cookie recipe. When she took the cookies from the oven, the semi-sweet chocolate had not melted into the dough as the baker's chocolate had. She served them anyway, and the guests loved them!

As the Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe became popular, sales of Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate bar increased. Andrew Nestle and Ruth Wakefield struck a deal. Nestle would print the Toll House Cookie recipe on its packaging and Ruth Wakefield would have a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate.

Why Do We Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day?

Today, half the cookies baked in American homes are chocolate-chip, with an estimated seven billion consumed annually.

Chocolate chips can be used in pancakes, waffles, cakes, muffins, cookies, crepes, pies, hot chocolate,various types of pastry, granola bars, ice cream, Rice Krispie Treats, trail mix, and of course, bon bons!  Looking for your chocolate chip fix today?  Head on over to an area Port City Java and get our Doubly Good! Bon Bon Pack with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Cookies 'n Creme bon bons inside.

 

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