August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
Get your sweet tooth ready!
Here are today’s ‘5 facts’ to know about chocolate chips:
- 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.
- 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.
- Initially, Nestlé included a small chopping tool with the chocolate bars, but in 1939 they started selling the chocolate in chip (or “morsel”) form.
- 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.