accidental inventions

chocolate chips cookies

chocolate chip cookies

Essential: originally called toll house chocolate crunch cookies, today we know them as chocolate chip cookies.

Tried- and- true: according to a bakery production and marketing newsletter, 52 percent of Americans choose chocolate chip as their favorite cookie.

Notable numbers: the Hershey company estimates that seven billion chocolate chip cookies are eaten every year.


Ruth Wakefield

Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite treat for people of all ages, but without the famous woman inventor Ruth Wakefield, the world might never have tasted those sweet delights. Born in 1905, Wakefield grew up to be a dietician and food lecturer after graduating from the Framingham State Normal School Department of Household Arts in 1924. Along with her husband Kenneth, she bought a tourist lodge named the Toll House Inn, where she prepared the recipes for meals that were served to guests.