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My grandmother used to tell me that I had an old soul.  My friends call me “freakishly old-fashioned.” My grandparents would tell me stories about our families’ histories.  I could listen for hours about how the way things were..sigh.  As a kid I hated watching PBS history shows.  My dad loves them.  There was no peace in the house until I saved up my money and bought a 9 inch black and white TV for my room!!  Funny how times have changed.. I watch PBS history shows!  My favorite is History Detectives!

So wouldn’t you know, I just had to find out the history of the Chocolate Chip cookie!!!!!

The first chocolate chip cookies was invented in 1937 by Ruth Graves Wakefield (1905-1977), of Whitman, Massachusetts, who ran the Toll House Restaurant. The Toll House Restaurant site was once a real toll house built in 1709, where stage coach passengers ate a meal while horses were changed and a toll was taken for use of the highway between Boston and New Bedford, a prosperous whaling town. The Wakefields sold the restaurant in 1966. It burned down on New Year’s Eve in 1984.

One of Ruth’s favorite recipes was an old recipe for “Butter Drop Do” cookies that dated back to colonial times. The recipe called for the use of baker’s chocolate. One day Ruth found herself without a needed ingredient. Having a bar of semisweet chocolate on hand, she chopped it into pieces and stirred the chunks of chocolate into the cookie dough. She assumed that the chocolate would melt and spread throughout each cookie. Instead the chocolate bits held their shape and created a sensation. She called her new creation the Toll House Crunch Cookies. The Toll House Crunch Cookies became very popular with guests at the inn, and soon her recipe was published in a Boston newspaper, as well as other papers in the New England area. Word of the cookie spread and it became popular.

**excerpt from whatscookingamerica.net

And what thrilled me the most was that it was Betty Crocker that made the cookie so famous in 1939.  She had Ruth on her radio show!!!  Gotta love that Betty Crocker!!

Now, don’t you wish you were the one to come up with that recipe???

Enjoy your Friday!  God bless…