Warm chocolate chip cookies seem to make everything in a child’s life better! (and for some adults, too). Tests, breakups, bad days at school… everything melts away at first bite of that soft ooey-gooey cookie. We dive into America’s favorite cookie and take a look at what makes it so sweet and special!
What is America’s favorite cookie?
53% Chocolate Chip Cookies
16% Peanut Butter Cookies
15% Oatmeal Cookies
16% Other Cookies
JULY 25, 2017
Matt Stonie, a competitive eater who weighs a whopping 130 pounds, downed 203 Chips Ahoy! cookies and one gallon of milk in 27 minutes and 33 seconds, according to the website dailymail.com. This light snack weighed 12 pounds and was 12,800 calories!
Sub the Chips for the Nibs!
For a healthier option of the traditional chocolate chip cookie, try something new and substitute half of the chocolate chips for cacao nibs, chocolate in the purest form. Nibs are dried and fermented bits of the cacao bean which are low in sugar and are full of antioxidants that help fight free radicals. In addition, nibs are full of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese and copper, according to Healthline, an online health resource. Not as sweet at the traditional chocolate chip, they have a deep bitter and nutty chocolate flavor.
Chewy or Crunchy, That is the Question!
No doubt we love our chocolate chip cookies, but do we love them crunchy and crumbly or chewy and soft? We want to know!
We wanted to know, so we polled our Facebook followers and this is what 237 of them had to say:
Nestle produces 250 million chocolate chips every day!
The Guiness Book of World Records notes that the world’s largest chocolate chip cookie was baked by the Immaculate Baking Company from Flat Rock, North Carolina on May 17, 2003. It measured at 8,120 square feet and weighed 40,000 pounds with a diameter of 101 feet.
Our beloved Cookie Monster never actually eats cookies! Nope! They are actually rice cakes painted to appear as cookies so that he doesn’t get grease in his fur from real cookies, according to the website muppet.fandom.com.
The chocolate chip cookie is the state cookie of Massachusetts!
History of the cookie:
Our beloved cookie was actually created by accident! According to epicurous.com in the 1930s, the owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, Ruth Wakefield, added broken chocolate bar pieces of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate into her drop cookie batter. She thought the chocolate would melt, however she was surprised to see that they stayed in their form, creating a variation of the chocolate chip cookie we know today. Ruth named the cookie “Chocolate Crunch Cookie,” and she published the recipe in the newspaper. According to kitchenproject.com, she made
a deal with Nestle that they could put the recipe on their chocolate bar wrappers if they supplied her with free chocolate for her cookies at the Inn. Nestle bought her recipe in the late 1930s and paid her with a lifetime supply of chocolate, according to thecravory.com.
MRS. WAKEFIELD’S ORIGINAL TOLL HOUSE COOKIE RECIPE:
This recipe originally belonged to Ruth Wakefield’s. The recipe was found on newengland.com, an online resource for the New England region.
1 cup unsalted butter
(plus more for baking sheets)
3⁄4 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
dissolved into 1 teaspoon hot water
2 1⁄4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon table salt
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1. Preheat your oven to 375°.
2. Cream the butter and sugars. Add the beaten eggs. Add the baking soda dissolved in hot water.
3. Sift together the flour and salt and add to the butter mixture. Then stir in the nuts, chocolate chips and vanilla extract.
4. Chill the dough.
5. Drop by the tablespoonful onto lightly greased cookie sheets and bake until browned at the edges, 10 to 12 minutes.