National Chocolate Chip Day
Chocolate chips are small chunks of sweetened chocolate, often teardrop-shaped, with flat, circular bases. They may also be rectangular or square in shape, and vary in size, but are usually quite small. The original chocolate chips were made of semi-sweet chocolate. Today there are many other flavors, including bittersweet, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white and dark swirl, peanut butter, mint chocolate, and butterscotch. They are commonly used as an ingredient or component of muffins, cakes, pancakes, trail mix, granola bars, and ice cream. They are likely most popularly used in Chocolate Chip Cookies.
The invention of chocolate chips goes back to the 1930s. Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, cut up pieces of Nestlé chocolate and added them to a cookie recipe. Her recipe was added to the packaging of Nestlé chocolate bars in 1939, and a tool to chop the chocolate bar was also included. By 1941, Nestlé began selling chocolate chips as we know them today! Nestlé is still a major producer of chocolate chips, as is the Hershey Company. On National Chocolate Chip Day, we enjoy chocolate chips in as many recipes as we can!
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by eating chocolate chips! You could have some of the best chocolate chip cookies in the country or make your own. Remember, there are many different flavors of chocolate chips you could try. Besides making chocolate chip cookies, there are many other chocolate chip recipes you could make, such as muffins, cake, or pancakes. It's also the perfect day to enjoy some chocolate chips in trail mix, granola bars, or ice cream.