Today, May 15, is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. It is one of two days per year dedicated to these wonderful cookies that are America’s all time favorite cookies. We also celebrate the morseled cookies on August 4. Because my husband is a self-proclaimed geek and loves to celebrate all these quirky holidays just because they are fun, I made a whole bunch of chocolate chip cookies for him to take into work today.
Chocolate cookies are most definitely, hands down, America’s favorite cookie. They have been ever since 1940, when the Nestle Company first started promoting and advertising the chocolate chip cookie. It’s hard to believe these tasty treats were actually created by accident though. In 1937, Ruth Graves Wakefield was an employee working for the Toll House Inn in Whitman, MA. She was busy making cookies and realized she did not have enough chocolate to make the recipe she was originally going to make, so she decided to use the chocolate she did have and cut it into small pieces or morsels. What she had was a block of semi-sweet chocolate. From their very humble beginnings, chocolate chip cookies became an instant success, and have been ever since. In 1939, Ms. Wakefield agreed to sell her recipe to Nestle and to the Toll House Inn. In 1940, Nestle started putting Ms. Wakefield’s recipe on the packages of their chocolate morsels. The cookie actually came first, and the chocolate morsels would soon follow. Ms. Wakefield’s payment for America’s favorite cookie was a lifetime supply of chocolate.
The cookie shop was in full production mode. I made a batch of chocolate peanut butter cookies as well as a batch of toffee chocolate chip cookies. Hopefully they all disappear. As much as I LOVE cookies, even I would be hard pressed to eat all of these cookies.
Enjoy your chocolate chip cookies today. The only thing stopping you is your imagination. Be creative. Eat. Enjoy. Be a kid again.