One whiff of something familiar coming from the kitchen and we’re instantly kids again. And no food is more closely aligned with that of childhood than the chocolate chip cookie. Warm and gooey, crispy and hard, filled with nuts or deliciously plain, the chocolate chip cookie embodies all that is sweet and wonderful about childhood.
As owners and operators of the Toll House Inn in 1930’s Massachusetts, Ruth Wakefield and her husband tended to all of their guests’ needs in a bid to give them a unique experience. Needless to say, the new chocolate chip cookie became a significant hit, as tasters enjoyed the softened chocolate nestled within the cookie – a far cry from the baker’s chocolate, which melted entirely.
The chocolate chip cookie rocketed to stardom carrying Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate along with it. Eager to align his company farther with this popular treat, Andrew Nestle traded Ruth Wakefield a lifetime supply of chocolate for the rights to publish her chocolate chip cookie recipe on all of his chocolate packaging.
That famous recipe stands today delighting generation after generation with its simple goodness. Needless to say, as the years have gone by, those trying to elevate the chocolate chip cookie into another level have included all manner of unique ingredients. Contests are held all over the world in search of the best chocolate chip cookie. However, most cookie enthusiasts will tell you that the very best chocolate chip cookie is the one that is simple in its production. As the saying goes, sometimes less is more.
For the baking challenged among us, the opportunity to make the chocolate chip cookie remains within our grasp. Advancements in packaging have given way to pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough – ready to slice and bake; no mixing of ingredients, no mess of any kind – and in 10 minutes you’ve got fresh baked cookies right from the oven.
But if you want to provide chocolate chip cookie making from scratch a try, you can always find the sweetest recipe of all – right on the rear of Nestle’s Chocolate Chips!