National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

National Chocolate Chip Cookie DayNational Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Whether they’re store-bought or homemade, don’t miss out on celebrating this classic treat for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on August 4th.

While it may seem hard to imagine life without the chocolate chip cookie, it was only invented in the 1930s when Ruth Wakefield developed the treat to accompany ice cream served at the Toll House restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts, where she worked. Since preshaped chocolate chips didn’t exist yet, Wakefield cut a bar of chocolate into chunks for her cookies. 

Over the years that followed, the cookies grew in popularity until finally drawing the eye of the Nestle chocolate company, which purchased the recipe from Wakefield in 1939. The company printed the recipe on the back of their chocolate bar packaging and even included a special chocolate chopper made specifically to cut the chocolate into chunks for the cookies.

It only took two years from the time Nestle bought Wakefield’s recipe until they started producing chocolate chips. This allowed people to make chocolate chip cookies without having to break up a chocolate bar by hand. 

The first premade, packaged chocolate chip cookie hit the U.S. market in 1963 with the debut of Chips Ahoy! And, in 1984, Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop in Burlington, Vermont, served up the first scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.

So whether you grab some from the grocery store or bake your own from Wakefield’s original recipe, be sure to savor a few of these classic cookies for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on August 4th.

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