Hello SK fans,
We were all set to post something serious today, when one of My Pub’s besties stopped by her work with a gift of homemade chocolate chip cookies.
“Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day,” the bestie announced with a huge smile.
Chocolate chip cookies have their own holiday? Who knew? My Pub was caught unawares.
This did not prevent her from enjoying the sweets.
It also generated conversation, in which many joined in (chocolate-chip cookies draw a crowd) and an interesting post for SK.
While we all love chocolate chip cookies, and everyone My Pub shared one with today has made probably thousands of batches over the years, and we know they were invented in error by a Massachusetts woman, none of us knew her name.
The name of this unsung warrior is Ruth Graves Wakefield.
Ruth owned the Toll House Inn with her husband in Whitman, Mass back in the 1930s. She was locally known for her desserts. Ruth did all the cooking for guests and one day, while preparing her favorite chocolate cookie recipe, realized she was out of baker’s chocolate – a very important ingredient for chocolate cookies.
As a last-minute substitute she grabbed a Nestle semi-sweet chocolate bar. She broke it into chunks, hoping the chunks would melt throughout the batter and no one would be the wiser.
We all know the end to this story. The chunks did not melt. Everyone fell in love with Ruth’s sweet creation, and Nestle asked to buy her recipe. She sold the recipe for a small sum and a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate chips. As a bonus, Nestle promised to publish Ruth’s recipe on the package back of every bag of chocolate chips.
While some economists and financial types may not agree, we think Ruth made out on the deal. In fact, we want the name of the person who negotiated it for her. A lifetime supply of chocolate chips would make My Pub very happy.
Here are a few chocolate chip cookie facts for you to impress your friends with today:
- The Toll House Chocolate Chip cookie is the official cookie of Massachusetts
- It beat out the Fig Newton
- Everyone has baked at least one batch of chocolate chip cookies
- No one has ever baked a batch of Fig Newtons
- Why would anyone bake a batch of Fig Newtons
- Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies
- No one loves Fig Newtons
- Once in the late 1960s, in the basement cafeteria of the Immaculate Conception School (now luxury condos) a boy told My Pub that Fig Newtons were stuffed with dead worms
- She believed him
- She has not eaten a Fig Newton since
- She is not missing much
- She’s going to go back to eating her gifted chocolate chip cookies
- She hopes you all have a wonderful National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
- Remember to remember Ruth Graves Wakefield, who made this day possible
- Ruth cashed in her chips in 1977
- We are not sure to whom she bequeathed her lifetime supply of chocolate chips
- We know it wasn’t us