WASHINGTON — Chocolate chips: such a simple yet critical addition to cookies, pastries, trail mix and more. This year, National Chocolate Chip Day falls on Monday, your free pass to indulge in all things studded with the sweet morsels.
Many sources credit Ruth Wakefiled, of Massachusetts, for the invention of the chocolate chip cookie, whose recipe you can find on Nestle’s packaging.
According to the tale, Wakefield once owned a tourist lodge called The Toll House Inn, where she created recipes and cooked for her guests.
In 1937, Wakefield was preparing a batch of cookies only to discover she was out of baker’s chocolate. She had a bar of Nestle’s semisweet chocolate on hand and used bits of it in her batter as a substitute, expecting the pieces to melt and create chocolate cookies.
But when the treats came out of the oven, Wakefield had an entirely new cookie species in her hands.
She called them “Toll House Crunch Cookies,” and they — along with Nestle semisweet chocolate chips — became so popular that she and Andrew Nestle reached a deal. Wakefield would receive a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate, and her recipe would be printed on all semisweet chocolate packaging.
Find Wakefield’s Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe on Nestle’s website, or scroll through the gallery above for 15 more recipes to celebrate the holiday.