We’d like to think this day was invented just for us. Why? It’s the perfect day to enjoy our Gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Actually…that’s every day for the Cookies by Design family; but, today is also a great day to learn more about the inventor of chocolate chips. The lovely, delicious little bits of history that make chocolate chip cookies possible wouldn’t exist—nor would the classic, divine dessert we’ve all come to love—without the clever, quick thinking of Ruth Grave Wakefield.
Ruth attended Framingham State Normal School Department of Household Arts in 1924 and worked as a dietitian, giving lectures about food for six years before her husband purchased a lodge in Whitman, Massachusetts. They turned the lodge into a tourist destination and named it the Toll House Inn. The inn quickly became known for its food—all prepared by Ruth—and especially, its desserts.
In 1937, Ruth was preparing another round of tasty treats for the inn’s guests when she realized she was out baker’s chocolate. In a burst of inspiration, Ruth chopped up a Nestle bar of semi-sweet chocolate into small pieces instead and added that to her cookie batter. Instead of melting, as expected, the chips stayed in-tact and took on a melty, velvety smooth texture.
The cookies were an instant hit and so greatly increased sales of Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate bars, the Nestle Chocolate Company purchased her recipe (and gave her a lifetime supply of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate—yum). Thanks to this fantastic #dreamteamcollab, we enjoy cookies inspired by that original recipe—and all the wonderful memories they create.
Send a sweet sentiment today, in honor of Chocolate Chip Cookie Day—or any day, with just a click in any size:
Our buttery, rich batter is super-sized in this giant Cookie Cake 13” inches across and an inch thick with our signature, sweet icing in any design you can imagine.
Or keep things cute with our gourmet, Chocolate Chip Mini-bites:
If you love tradition like we do, then you can never go wrong with our Gourmet, Chocolate Chip Cookies—baked fresh, and delivered to your door.
How will you celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day?