August 4 is a day to be celebrated!  It is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Chocolate Chip cookies are attributed to Ruth Graves Wakefield who ran out of baker’s chocolate for a cookie recipe in 1937.  Instead she used semi-sweet chocolate and they were an instant success.  As you may have guessed, this all happened at the Toll House Inn!

Wakefield was a chef, dietitian, teacher, and author.  She and her husband owned the Toll House Inn near Boston, MA where Wakefield was also famous for her lobster dinners.

The cookies were an experiment on a recipe she discovered in Egypt and she broke up a Nestle chocolate bar into the dough.  The recipe took off during World War 2 when soldiers over seas asked their families for Toll House cookies.  It also led to a spike in sales of Nestle chocolate bars.  Andrew Nestle and Wakefield made a business arrangement.  Wakefield gave Nestle the right to use her recipe for one dollar and a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate.

Talk about a sweet deal!