facts about the invention of
Wakefield in 1930.
in 1930, Kenneth and Ruth Wakefield purchased a Cape Cod-style toll house located halfway
between Boston and New Bedford, on the outskirts of Whitman, Massachusetts. Originally
constructed in 1709, the house served as a haven for road-weary travelers..
passengers paid tolls, changed horses, and ate much-welcomed home-cooked meals. It was also
here, over 200 years later, that the Wakefield decided to open a lodge, calling it the
Toll House Inn. In keeping with the tradition of creating delicious homemade meals, Ruth
baked for guests who stayed at the Toll House Inn.
|As she improved upon
traditional Colonial recipes, Ruth's incredible desserts began attracting people from all
over New England. One day, while preparing a batch of Butter Drop Do cookies, a favorite
recipe dating back to Colonial days, Ruth cut a bar of our Nestlé Semi-Sweet Chocolate
into tiny bits and added them to her dough, expecting them to melt. Instead, the chocolate
held its shape and softened to a delicately creamy texture. The resulting creation became
very popular at the Inn. Soon, Ruth's recipe was published in a Boston newspaper, as well
as other papers in the New England area. Regional sales of Nestlé Semi-Sweet Chocolate
eventually approached Nestlé and together, they reached an agreement that allowed Nestle
to print what would become the Toll House Cookie recipe on the wrapper of the Semi-Sweet
Chocolate Bar. Part of this agreement included supplying Ruth with all of the chocolate
she could use to make her delicious cookies for the rest of her life.
|As the popularity of the
Toll House cookie continued to grow Nestle looked for ways to make it easier for people to
bake. Soon, they began scoring the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar, and packaged it with a
special chopper for easily cutting it into small morsels. Shortly after, in 1939, they
began offering tiny pieces of chocolate in convenient, ready-to-use packages and that is
how the first Nestlé Toll House Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels were introduced.
TO LEARN MORE
Henri Nestle from
The Great Idea Finder
History of Snacks and
from The Great Idea Finder
ON THE BOOKSHELF:
by Charlotte Foltz Jones, John O'Brien (Illustrator) / Paperback - 48
pages (1994) / Doubleday
Recounting the fascinating stories behind the accidental inventions of forty
familiar objects and products.
Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
by Catherine Thimmesh, Melissa Sweet (ill.) / Hardcover - 64 pages (2000) /
A dozen women are profiled in this collection of short, anecdotal biographies
demonstrating that necessity, ingenuity, and luck all play a part in successful
inventions. The final section tells girls how to patent their inventions, and an informed
Toll House Tried
and True Recipes
Ruth Graves Wakefield / Paperback - 376 pages / Dover Press - 1977
Cookie recipes from Ruth Wakefield herself.
The All-American Cookie Book
by Nancy Baggett / Hardcover: 400 pages / Houghton Mifflin Co; (November 1, 2001)
Every American cookie you can think of is here--more than 150 of them--from luscious Black
Bottom Mini Brownie Cups and chewy Chocolate Thumbprint Crackles to Classic Chocolate Chip
ON THE SCREEN:
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In the 1930s, the nation made its greatest contribution to cookie
culture with the masterpiece known as chocolate chip, but we also
invented the peanut butter cookie and, perhaps surprisingly, the fortune
cookie. From plates left out for Santa to the Keebler elves and beyond,
join us for a sweet hour as we get out our rolling pins for the history
ON THE WEB:
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awards to inspire a new generation of American scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.
Featured Ruth Wake field for her invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie.
Ruth eventually approached Nestlé and together, we reached an agreement that
allowed us to print what would become the Toll House Cookie recipe on the wrapper of our
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar.
The story of chocolate, as far back as we know it, begins with the discovery of America.
the Old World knew nothing at all about the delicious and stimulating flavor that was to
favorite of millions.
at the Thinking Fountain
This is the place to learn about chocolate and see what other kids think about chocolate
at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
House Cookie Recipe
This is one of those few recipes that seem to be just about right, and real hard to
DID YOU KNOW?:
- You'll eat about 35,000 cookies in a lifetime!
- Part of the agreement between Nestle
and Wakefield included supplying Ruth with all of the chocolate she
could use to make her delicious cookies for the rest of her life.
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are trademarks of Société des Produits NESTLÉ S.A.
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This page revised May 2, 2005.
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