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Chocolate Chip Cookies: Its History and Influence

Updated on January 3, 2013

The Best Ever Cookies!

Have you ever thought about a world wherein chocolate chip cookies were never invented and people never tasted it? What if these cookies were never discovered? Well, that world would totally suck!

I know, right? Chocolate chip cookies are the best! I mean, all children ask for it, well, not just kids actually. Literally everybody loves it! With its oozing flavors and the warm chocolates melting in your mouth, you just don't have any choice but to love it. The love and demand for chocolate chip cookies is unquestionable, but do you know the history and who invented this sweet, delicious stuff? Well, if you don't and you'd like to discover, then stick around because this lens is all about this astounding cookies.

Making chocolate chip cookies

Making chocolate chip cookies
Making chocolate chip cookies
Ruth Wakefield and her recipe
Ruth Wakefield and her recipe

History

The Beginning of Children's Fantasy

A lot of you don't know the history of chocolate chip cookies or you probably have a vague clue about it. Then, continue reading this to discover how this cookie evolved from a small town lodge recipe to a worldwide phenomenon with just an accidental ingredient added.

Way back 1930, a dietitian and food lecturer Ruth Graves Wakefield bought a tiny house lodge called the "Toll House Inn" where she served tourists lodging there her finest desserts. Later on, Wakefield's inn became known not for its room services nor for its homey appeal to the tourists but because of her desserts.

On a normal day, when Wakefield was preparing her favorite recipe, the Butter Drop Do cookies, she was disappointed to find out that she failed to purchase baker's chocolate which was an ingredient for her supposed-to-be cookies. While she was rummaging her kitchen for an alternative ingredient, all she found was Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate bars and thought that it would do. She broke the chocolate into pieces and mixed it to her cookies. Much to her surprise, the baked product was dotted with pieces of chocolates; she wondered why the chocolates didn't melt unlike the baker's chocolate which was the original ingredient. Wakefield tried her accidental recipe and was immediately struck by the cookies' unique, delicious taste. Soon enough, her cookies became popular in town and people are dropping by her inn to taste her cookies.

This news spread immediately and Andrew Nestle himself offered Wakefield a deal; Nestle would print the Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe on the packaging and Wakefield would get her lifetime supply of Nestle's chocolate. That was a beginning of a long bond and the chocolate chip cookies' fame.

Everybody LOVES chocolate chip cookies!

Everybody LOVES chocolate chip cookies!
Everybody LOVES chocolate chip cookies!

The Sweetest Aphrodisiac, Chocolate

The chocolate chip cookies freshly baked by your Mom may have brought feelings of excitement and pleasure to you because of their sweet irresistible taste! However, literally speaking, chocolate which is the main ingredient of your favorite cookies, contain unique compounds that could bring enhanced emotions including an increased sexual desire as well as feelings of happiness and pleasure. Chocolate's natural mood-enhancing substances are Phenylethylamine, Anandamide and Serotonin. Two of these substances are naturally released by the brain when a person experiences happiness and pleasure including the pleasures brought by love and lust. Phenylethylamine usually nicknamed as the love drug is the substance responsible for the gooey feeling when we're in love.

Once these substances reach the brain circulation, they can boost your mood, increase the beating of your heart, raise blood pressure slightly and then bring pleasant and euphoric sensations throughout the body and this is exactly what aphrodisiacs do. So have a bowl of chocolate chip cookies and get euphoric not just by their sweetness but also with their rich chocolate content. Experience the happiness and pleasure you'll feel when you're in love by just munching these cookies. No wonder chocolates are the best gift to give your loved one during Valentine's Day.

The Love of Cookies

Wakefield's discovery of the chocolate chip cookies has led to a worldwide phenomenon of everybody's favorite! As the years passed after its discovery, the Toll House chocolate chip cookies had proven and served people with utmost gratified service and this became the world's most popular cookie. This recipe haven't only reached the household's kitchens but to the children's hearts as well. It has influenced every person and without it, the world as we know it could be totally empty.

Make these cookies with your kids for a perfect bonding time!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 2/3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of hot water
  • 1 (300 g) package chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  2. 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, hot water, brown sugar, and eggs; beat until sugar is dissolved.
  3. 3. Add flour, salt, and baking powder; mix well and make sure there aren't any granules or bubble of flour left.
  4. 4. Drop the chocolate chips and mix evenly.
  5. 5. Using your palms, form these into tiny balls or drop the cookies using a tablespoon.
  6. 6. Place the cookies into a ungreased cookie sheet with enough spaces in between each cookies.
  7. 7. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My favorite is the dough!

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      perso 5 years ago

      Looks delicious; why i can't eat from my computer screen?:)