I was curious and I discovered an interesting story. The cookies were named after the Toll House Inn in Whitman
. That, of course, is not the end of the story. The Massachusetts Inn was established in 1930 by the Wakefields in a building originally used as toll house in the early 18th century. Located halfway between Boston and New Beford – approximately 80 miles apart – travelers could have a meal, change horses and rest for a night. Massachusetts
Quite by accident was the famous cookie invented. Ruth Wakefield cooked all the meals at the Toll House Inn and gained popularity for her delicious desserts. Her Butter Drop Do cookies were a particular favorite. Baking one day she discovered she was out of her baking chocolate and chopped up a Nestlé Semi-Sweet Chocolate bar into little bits to use in its place. She had expected the chocolate to melt as her usual chocolate did. Instead the chips only softened creating a soft, creamy textured cookie.
So popular were Ruth’s cookies, the recipe was published in a
Boston newspaper, as well as other papers in the New England area causing the sales of Nestlé Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar to explode.
Ruth and Nestlé eventually came to an agreement – Nestle would print her recipe on the wrapper of the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar and Ruth would get all of the chocolate she could use for the rest of her life.
A pretty sweet deal, if you ask me!
In 1939, Nestle began producing chocolate in tiny chips especially for the purpose of making cookies.
Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies
All of the eggs I used in this recipe were courtesy of my good friends Stephanie and Phil.