College Girl likes to stick to the recipe on the Nestlé bag. She's a Creature of Comfort, and rarely strays from the Baking Path. The Wild One, on the other hand, pretty much lives up to her nickname. She's the Einstein of the Baking World, and the only person I know, to date, to have ever tried to substitute cranberries for chocolate chips in the traditional Nestlé recipe. But that's a story for another time.
That familiar, bright gold, red and brown bag has the Toll House logo emblazoned all over it. So I got to thinking: Did these amazing Swiss chocolatiers invent these amazingly popular delicacies? The answer, Dear Readers, is no.
A bed & breakfast maven from Whitman, Mass., named Ruth Wakefield baked the first chocolate chippers--the most popular cookie in the U.S. of A., BTW, with seven billion consumed annually--in 1937. The "chocolate morsels" that we know today were first conceived in 1939. Nestlé supplied Mrs. Wakefield with the chocolate, apparently, and she baked the cookies. She and her husband, Kenneth, sold the Toll House Inn in 1966. It burned to the ground on New Year's Eve 1984.
The Original Toll House Cookie recipe is still on the Nestlé package, where it has resided for almost 70 years. Of course, the Chocolate Chip Cookie itself has branched out over the years. Nestlé offers recipes for Double-Chocolate Dream Cookies, Triple-Chocolate Cupcakes, and Choc-Oat Chip Cookies on its package, along with the tried and true Toll House variety.
I have to say that I side with College Girl in the preparation and the baking of the Chocolate Chip Cookies. We buy the bright gold bag and read the directions carefully. The Wild One still experiments. She turned out a Chocolate Chip Pizza the other day, which contained a few more ingredients than the original recipe called for, but, thankfully, no mozarella or marinara sauce.
And she's given up on putting cranberries in her cookies. For now.