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.
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 CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY
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.