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 How the Chocolate Chip Cookie Crumbles: How Ruth Wakefield’s Experiment Changed the World

By Shlomo Maital

 

 

 

 

 

One of the greatest inventions of all time is without doubt the chocolate chip cookie.  Ever wonder where they came from?  From an accident..like so many good things in this world.

  An American woman named Ruth Wakefield opened a roadside lodge, in 1930, in an old tollhouse in Whitman, Massachusetts, on the highway between Boston and New Bedford.   They served delicious Butter Drop Do cookies to their guests.  But one morning, Ruth went into the kitchen to make the butter cookies – and discovered she was out of baker’s chocolate!

  What to do?

  Improvise.  She found a bar of semi-sweet chocolate in the pantry and decided to use that instead. But to her surprise, the chopped-up chocolate chunks retained their original shape instead of melting into the batter, creating the famous soft and chewy Toll House Cookie.   

   According to Haaretz (Israeli daily newspaper), “the name of the game [for chocolate chip cookies] is freshness and good chocolate. Quality chocolate with at least 50% cocoa will balance out the dough’s sweetness and give the cookie its character.  ..Refrain as much as possible from overworking the dough”. 

   Much of the world’s cocoa comes from Ivory Coast, a nation troubled until recently by civil strife.  Let us chocolate chip cookie lovers rejoice that the dispute is settled,  Allasane  Ouattara has won, and hopefully Cote d’Ivoire’s great cocoa will soon resume its trip to the palates of us chocolate lovers.

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