We might not know which came first — the chicken, or the egg — but when it comes to chocolate chips and their namesake cookie, the history is well-documented, and it might not be what you think. Chocolate chips actually came after the chocolate chip cookie, and despite their ubiquity, are likely younger than your grandmother (they were first marketed in 1940!). Legend has it that the chocolate chip cookie was a happy accident, born when baker ran out of baker’s chocolate and opted for semi-sweet instead.
The recipe spread like wildfire, and after a few years of selling their semi-sweet chocolate bars with a chopping tool (for easy chunking of the bar), Nestlé went one step further by introducing chocolate “morsels” to the world. With such a history, and with so much mass appeal, it’s no surprise that this kitchen delight deserves celebration, and that’s why, on May 15, we’ve got National Chocolate Chip Day.
National Chocolate Chip Day - Survey Results
WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING IS TRUE FOR YOU?
I have eaten chocolate chips out of the bag before (18%)
Chocolate chips are my favorite cookies (17%)
I love chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream (14%)
I love raw chocolate chip cookie dough (13%)
Chocolate chips are the best part of trail mix (8%)
I think chocolate bars are better than chocolate chips (7%)
Chocolate chips are my favorite treat (6%)
I eat dark chocolate for my health (6%)
I only use chocolate chips to bake—not to eat by themselves (4%)
I’m brand-sensitive when it comes to chocolate chips (3%)
Sno Caps are my favorite movie candy (3%)
Milk chocolate isn’t real chocolate (1%)
How to Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day
1. Hack The Kitchen: Chocolate For Dinner
Most chefs know how to use tried-and-true flavor combinations to great effect, but the best chefs create new combinations altogether. Try using chocolate chips in a dinner recipe for a real challenge. If you’re looking for a place to start, you might consider trying the mole recipe in the section below!
2. How Big Can You Bake It?
You probably won’t approach the world record, but National Chocolate Chip Day is the perfect occasion to try your hand at baking the biggest chocolate chip cookie possible.
3. Art You Can Eat
With a mix of chocolate chips, M&Ms, and some other similarly-sized chocolate candies, you’re well on your way to a kid-friendly edible art project! This can get messy, though, so it’s probably a project best suited for the kitchen!
Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
"Classic chocolate chip cookies, no explanation needed."
Use these to create the original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
Larger bag so you always have chocolate chips on hand
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Fragrance Oil
"This premium cosemtic oil closely replicates the perceived aroma of Chocolate Chip Cookie."
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Lenny & Larry's All-Natural Complete Cookie Chocolate Chip
"The All Natural Chocolate Chip Complete Cookie has been a crowd favorite. This great tasting Vegan cookie has no animal products, no dairy products and no preservatives. "
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No dairy or animal products
15 grams of protein
5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of trans fat
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Why We Love National Chocolate Chip Day
A. Chocolate Chips Are Everywhere!
They might have been created with one purpose in mind, but chocolate chips have branched out since their early days as cookie-fillers. Nowadays, it’s hard to think up a confection that hasn’t donned a chocolate chip cap, whether they be pancakes, muffins, or ice cream sundaes.
B. The Choices … oh, so many choices!
The chocolate chips that eventually found their way into the classic chocolate chip cookie are made of semi-sweet chocolate, but in keeping with the times, they now come in a plethora of options — ranging from white chocolate, to dark chocolate, and all the way to caramel — ensuring that, no matter what you’re baking, there’s a place for a chip!
C. Big Or Small — We'll Eat Them All!
Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies, no matter the size. They could be small (so long as there’s enough to have more than one!), or they could be massive, as in the case of Immaculate Baking’s 40,000 pound Guinness Record breaker, but regardless of size, they’re sure to draw a crowd. The fact that chocolate chips were used to break the record of world’s largest cookie is only a testament to their universality, and it’s safe to say that they’ll always have a space on the shelf of any baker.