Invented Chocolate Chip Cookies?
Chips Cookies was invented by Ruth Wakefield, an Innkeeper
in the 1930's.
Graves Wakefield graduated from the Framingham State
Normal School Department of Household Arts in 1924. She
worked as a dietitian and lectured on food. Later she and
her husband bought a tourist lodge named the Toll House
Inn. Ruth Wakefield prepared the recipes for the meals she
served to guests at the Inn and gained local notoriety for
One of her
favorite recipes was for Butter Drop Dough cookies. The
recipe called for the use of baker's chocolate and one day
Ruth found herself without the needed ingredient. She
substituted a semi-sweet chocolate bar cut up into bits.
However, unlike the baker's chocolate, the chopped up
chocolate bar did not melt completely, the small pieces
chocolate bar she used had been a gift from Andrew Nestle
of the Nestle Chocolate Company. As the Toll House
chocolate chip cookie recipe became popular, sales of
Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate bar increased. Andrew and
Ruth struck a deal. Nestle would print the Toll House
Cookie recipe on its packaging and Ruth Wakefield would
have a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate.
official state cookie of Massachusetts is the chocolate
chip cookie, invented in 1930 at the Toll House
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