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NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY – May 15

 

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY – May 15

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY

On May 15th, we recognize a morsel of a thing on National Chocolate Chip Day!  

Have you ever wondered how a single ingredient would change a recipe? If it weren’t for one curious baker, it would be hard to imagine where we would be without the invention of chocolate chips.

In 1937, Ruth Graves Wakefield of Whitman Massachusetts must have been curious about what a little bit of chocolate would add to her cookies. While working at the Toll House Inn, she added cut-up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestle chocolate bar to a cookie recipe. The cookies were a huge success and in 1939 Wakefield signed an agreement with Nestle to add her recipe to the chocolate bar’s packaging. In exchange for the recipe, Wakefield received a lifetime supply of chocolate. The Nestle brand Toll House cookies were named for the Inn.

Nestle initially included a small chopping tool with the chocolate bars, too. Starting in 1941, Nestle and other competitors started selling the chocolate in chip or morsel form. For the first time, bakers began making chocolate chip cookies without chopping up the chocolate bar first. 

Chocolate chips originally came in semi-sweet. Later, chocolate producers began offering bittersweet, semi-sweet, mint, white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white and dark swirled. Today, chips also come in a variety of other flavors that bakers and candy makers use creatively in their kitchens.

While cookies may be the first treat to come to mind, imagination is really the only thing limiting how chocolate chips can be used in baking and candy making. Even savory dishes feature chocolate chips in a variety of ways, too. Had Ruth Graves Wakefield never wondered what a few chopped up chunks of chocolate would be like in her baking, we wouldn’t even have chocolate chip cookies.  

HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateChipDay

Whether you bake up chocolate chip cookies or melt them down and begin dipping, be sure to celebrate! Make sweet treats to share or experiment with a new recipe. Dive into Grandma’s recipe box and try an old favorite, too! Be sure to share the bests ones, of course. It’s the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay! Use #ChocolateChipDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY HISTORY

Within our research, National Day Calendar continues seeking the origins of this chocolately holiday. 

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