Celebrated on May 15th
The chocolate chip cookie was created by accident. In the 1930s, Ruth Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, added broken chocolate bar pieces into her cookie batter thinking that they would melt. Instead, the classic dessert was born. The first chocolate chip cookie was the size of a quarter. It was super crispy and could be devoured in just one bite.
The chocolate pieces of chocolate chip cookies can be replaced with white chocolate or M&Ms, while a popular combination is white chocolate with the addition of macadamia nuts; or the dough can be flavoured with chocolate or peanuts, for an interesting variant.
One version of the recipe called for Baker’s chocolate, and, finding herself without, Ruth chopped up a bar of Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate and added the tiny bits to her dough. The chocolate was supposed to melt and spread through the dough. It didn’t. That day in 1937, the history of chocolate chip cookies began. (Note: that’s one version of the story. Another version is that she didn’t have any nuts, so she chopped up some chocolate. Yet another version says that a chocolate bar broke and fell in the dough. Whatever happened, the rest is chocolate chip cookie history.)