This past Wednesday was National Chocolate Chip Day, a holiday I can support without question. If it were up to my children we’d probably sprinkle chocolate chips on everything… needless to say I am a huge fan. It all got me thinking about where Chocolate Chips came from. As you might have suspected, the creation of the chocolate chip came about for a cookie recipe. Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts added cut up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestle chocolate bar to a cookie recipe. They were an immediate success. Wakefield reached an agreement with Nestle to add her recipe to the back of their bags in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate. That was in 1939 and Wakefield lived until 1977. That is a LOT of chocolate. It was around 1941 when Nestle began producing chocolate chips, before that they added a cutter to their larger bars. This creation changed cookie making as we know it.
These days it is difficult to find a traditional bakery that doesn’t have some sort of chocolate chip cookie on their menu. While the Nestle Toll House Cookie recipe is a staple at home, here are some of my favorite chocolate chip cookies to eat when someone else is baking.
Bouchon Bakery Chocolate Chunk – This cookie is crisp on the edges and chewy in the middle. I had my fair share when I worked at Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner Center for over two years. Sometimes quality control is part of the job and I wasn’t complaining.
Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies – These cookies are HUGE and sinful. They are pretty gooey on the inside with just the right balance of richness from the chocolate and crunch from the walnuts.
Jacques Torres Chocolate Coated Chocolate Chip Cookie – This chocolate chip cookie is coated on the bottom with 60% dark chocolate… WOW!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Shots from Dominique Ansel Bakery – Cookies and milk are a great combination and this one allows you to have your milk in your cookie. It literally is a cup made of chocolate chip cookie.
If you missed National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day do not worry, there are chocolate chip cookies made everyday. Pick one up at your favorite bakery and let us know why it is the best!