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Today is National Chocolate Chip Day so indulge yourself in a chocolate treat

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day!  When you think of chocolate chips, what's the first thing that comes to mind?  With me, it's chocolate chip cookies.  I love everything about them:  the cookie dough, the smell of the cookies while they are baking, taking a bite out of a warm and gooey cookie right out of the oven and then snacking on a homemade cookie once it's cooled!    

Chocolate chips are a required ingredient for making 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 Nestle chocolate bar to a cookie recipe. 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. Initially, Nestlé included a small chopping tool with the chocolate bars, but in 1939 they started selling the chocolate in chip (or "morsel") form. The Nestlé brand Toll House Cookies is named for the inn.

Originally, chocolate chips were made of semi-sweet chocolate, but today there are many flavors. These include bittersweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, mint chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and white and dark swirled chocolate chips.

Chocolate chips can be used in cookies, pancakes, waffles, cakes, pudding, muffins, crepes, pies, hot chocolate and various other types of pastry.  They are also found in many other retail foods like granola bars, ice cream and trail mix.

Treat yourself to a some chocolate chips in whatever form is your favorite.  I think I'll have a cookie!


Semi-sweet chocolate chips
Chocolate chip cookies

Sources: Wikipedia, Very Best


Posted by Amanda, in General.

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