The chocolate chip cookie was invented by accident.

 

In 1930 Ruth Wakefield was preparing cookies for her guests at the Toll House Inn when she realized she was out of baker’s chocolate. She used broken chunks of Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate instead, expecting it to melt into the dough to make chocolate cookies. Imagine her surprise when the chocolate “chips” were still intact!

She called the resulting creation “Toll House Crunch Cookies.” As their popularity increased locally, so did the demand for Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate bars. Wakefield and proprietor Andrew Nestle therefore decided to make a mutually beneficial deal. Nestle would be allowed to print the Toll House Cookie recipe on its package, and Wakefield would be granted a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate! This partnership helped the chocolate chip cookie quickly become the most popular cookie variety in the country, a distinction it still holds to this day.
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