As a self-proclaimed chocoholic, I was ecstatic to learn that today is National Chocolate Chip Day. Not that I ever need a legitimate reason to go buy chocolate, but with this, I have a concrete excuse.
National Chocolate Chip Day falls on May 15 each year. The creator of the holiday remains a mystery, but the chocolate chips themselves date back to 1896. A company in England called Kaufmann Candy began advertising a new treat, which contained something similar to chocolate chips, and this is probably where Ruth Graves Wakefield–credited with the invention of the chocolate chip in the United States–got her idea.
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How about anything with chocolate chips? Tuesday is National Chocolate Chip Day! What's your fave? Fun fact: It was in the 1930's that chocolate chip cookies were actually created by accident. Ruth Wakefield, owner of Toll House Inn, added pieces of chocolate in her batter trying to make chocolate cookie dough. Instead chocolate chip cookies came to be! 🍫🍪🍫
In 1937, Ruth Graves Wakefield placed cut-up chunks of Nestle chocolate bars into her cookie dough, forever changing the country. People raved about her new recipe so much that two years later, Nestle reached out to her. In exchange for the rights to print Wakefield’s recipe on the Nestle chocolate bar packaging, Nestle granted her a lifetime supply of chocolate. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me! (No pun intended.)
Nestle began to include a small chopping tool with their chocolate bars, but figured that since people were breaking it into chunks, why not just give it to them in that form initially? Thus, the chocolate chip was born in 1941. In addition to their regular chocolate bars, Nestle and its competitors began to sell chocolate chips. Fun fact: back in the day, people called them “chocolate morsels.”
The internet says that the most effective way to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day is to bake chocolate chip cookies. I say great, but don’t limit yourself. Put chocolate chips in your ice cream, in your brownies, in your cake, in your muffins, in your pancakes, in your waffles…
And honestly, I’m not above eating them straight out of the bag. It happens.
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We’re celebrating the humble chocolate chip today! It’s such an important part of American baking! We can all thank Ruth Graves of Whitman Massachusetts for chopping up some chocolate bars in 1937 and starting this wonderful idea off. Come in for some Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake or one of our Chocolate Chip Cookies! #nationalchocolatechipcookieday #crimsonbakery #localbakery #normanok #crimsonbakedgoods #chocolatechips
You can use #ChocolateChipDay to acknowledge the day on social media and don’t forget to check out the memes in the gallery above for some more fun.
Happy National Chocolate Chip Day!