chocolate chips

Get your sweet tooth ready!

Here are today’s ‘5 facts’ to know about chocolate chips:

  1. The Nestlé brand Toll House cookies is named for the inn.
  2. The cookies were a huge success, and Wakefield reached an agreement with Nestlé to add her recipe to the chocolate bar’s packaging in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.
  3. Chocolate chips are a required ingredient in chocolate chip cookies, which were invented in 1933 when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in the town of Whitman, Massachusetts added cut-up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestlé chocolate bar to a cookie recipe.
  4. Initially, Nestlé included a small chopping tool with the chocolate bars, but in 1939 they started selling the chocolate in chip (or “morsel”) form.
  5. Originally, chocolate chips were made of semi-sweet chocolate, but today there are many flavors.


Today’s Food History

  • 1608 John Tradescant was born. He succeeded his father as naturalist and gardener to Charles I.
  • 1693 Dom Perignon discovers the process for making champagne. “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!”
    (A widely held legend, but only a only a legend.)
  • 1755 Nicolas-Jacque Conte was born. He invented the modern graphite pencil.
  • 1958 The first potato flake manufacturing plant opened in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
  • 1983 Dave Winfield, a N.Y. Yankee outfielder accidentally killed a seagull with an errant throw in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He was arrested, charged with cruelty to animals and had to post a $500 bond. The charges were dropped the following day.

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