Thursday 28 May, 2020

Eat the cookie in celebration of National Chocolate Chip Day!

Today, May 15 marks National Chocolate Chip Day 2020.

Today, May 15 marks National Chocolate Chip Day 2020.

Finally, it’s National Chocolate Chip Day. And, though some continue to fight the urge for a chiselled physique, Loop Lifestyle fully endorses the global initiative.

When you’re in a funk and your go-to comfort food is chocolate chips, or when you need a pinch of a guilty pleasure, where do you go to grab a bite?

According to the National Day Calendar database, in 1937, Ruth Graves Wakefield of Whitman Massachusetts decided to add a bit of chocolate to her cookies.

While working at the Toll House Inn, she added cut-up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestlé chocolate bar to a cookie recipe.

The cookies were a huge success and in 1939 Wakefield signed an agreement with Nestlé to add her recipe to the chocolate bar’s packaging.

In exchange for the recipe, Wakefield received a lifetime supply of chocolate. The Nestlé brand Toll House cookies were named for the Inn.

Nestlé initially included a small chopping tool with the chocolate bars, too.

Starting in 1941, Nestlé 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.

Originally, chocolate chips came in semi-sweet. But 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 flavours 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 savoury 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.

Here's how you can join the global choco-celebration…

  • Make sweet treats to share or experiment with a new recipe. Just get to flex your cookie-dough yielding muscle.
  • Dive into Grandma’s recipe box and try an old favourite, too! Be sure to share the best ones, of course.
  • Celebrate #ChocolateChipDay by popping in at your favourite cookie spot for some ooey-gooey-chocolate-chewy
  • It’s the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay! Use #ChocolateChipDay to post on social media.

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