The History of the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie
One of America’s favorite treats, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, is also one of the most complex cookies, with a long and interesting history. Made up of so many unique parts, the cookie comes to us today with ingredients passed down through time across the entire world.
We take white chocolate for granted. The first white chocolate candy bar was produced in Europe by Nestle in 1930, but the name white chocolate is misleading. It’s not exactly chocolate in that it doesn’t contain cocoa solids, which is the primary ingredient in milk chocolate. During processing, the solids are removed from the fatty content, but unlike milk and dark chocolates, they’re not mixed together in a later stage. That’s what gives the white chocolate its ivory coloring.
Macadamia nuts come from four species of trees that are indigenous to Australia. For thousands of years before European settlement, these nuts were a staple of Australian Aborigines. In 1828, Allan Cunningham became the first European to discover the plant, and it was named for him in 1857 by German-Austrian botanist Ferdinand von Mueller. Skip ahead to 1931, and we have our first processing plant, which shipped macadamia nuts all across the world from Kakaako, Hawaii.
Cookies find their roots in 7th century AD Persia, very shortly after sugar became an important flavoring in the region. After the Muslim conquest of Spain, these baked treats made their way through Europe where they caught on quickly. World travel was widespread at this time, and cookies made a perfect traveling companion. Finally, cookies came to the early American English settlement in the 17th century where the term “cookie” was coined, coming from the Dutch, “koekje.”
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Today, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are one of Cookie by Design’s favorite flavors. From ingredients originating across the planet, you can have an entire bouquet of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies delivered to your door the same day you order them.
For more cookie history, take a look at our post, The History of the Peanut Butter Cookie.