(Family Features) - Can you imagine life without chocolate chips? Neither can I! The inspiration of so many dreamy desserts, these semi-sweet morsels are sweetly commemorated on May 15, Chocolate Chip Day.
Take a sweet page from history and celebrate the all-American chocolate baking classic and the creative baker behind the chip. When Ruth Wakefield, an accomplished home baker and Toll House Inn owner, added chopped Nestle chocolate bars to her butter cookies, a classic cookie-and the Nestle Toll House morsel-were born. In the 1930s, when Ruth agreed to let Nestle print her Toll House Cookie recipe on its bars of chocolate, Nestle offered to supply Ruth with all the chocolate she wanted for baking for the rest of her life.
How's that for a sweet deal: a supply of chocolate for life! That's one of the whimsical bits of the history of the chocolate morsels which are used daily in kitchens across America and around the globe.
While I bake a batch of perfect, classic chocolate chip cookies to fill the cookie jar for May 15, I'll be inspired to make a chocolate chip dessert suitable for Mother's Day.
Enjoy the fascinating history of the birth of the chocolate chip, the Toll House Inn, and tips and delectable recipes for using this all-American chip off the chocolate block at www.VeryBestBaking.com.
Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.