National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
annually on August 4th
The chocolate chip cookie is the most popular cookie in America. It was invented after 1930, most likely in 1937 or 1938, by Ruth Graves Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, when she added cut-up chunks of Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate to a cookie recipe. Her Butter Drop Dough cookie recipe called for melted baking chocolate, which she did not have, so she cut up chunks of the Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate instead. Some believe she was hoping the chocolate would melt in the batter, and that she created the chocolate chip cookies by accident, but others believe she knew that it would not melt, and she was trying to create the new cookies on purpose. No matter the case, she gave us chocolate chip cookies!
People loved her recipe, and as it became more popular, more Nestlé's chocolate bars began being sold. Wakefield eventually made an agreement with Nestlé, where her recipe would be added to the chocolate bar's packaging, in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate. Initially, Nestlé included a small chopping tool with the chocolate bars, but by about 1940, Nestlé began selling chocolate in chip form. A few decades later, in 1963, Chips Ahoy! became the first brand selling pre-made chocolate chip cookies across the country. Since their invention, the affection for chocolate chip cookies has not subsided.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by making chocolate chip cookies! You could make the orginal Toll House cookie recipe, or one of many other recipes. You could also pick some cookies up at a restaurant, bakery, or cookie shop. Another place that would be fitting to get cookies from today would be a Nestlé Toll House Café. Check for specials and free cookies at any places that you stop to buy cookies today. For those who enjoy traveling to celebrate holidays, the original Toll House Inn sign, as well as a historical marker, can be found in Whitman, Massachusetts. The Toll House Inn burned down in 1984.