National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

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Welcome, dear chocolate-chip cookie aficionados, to the sweetest day in the world! It's that day when the air is filled with the delicious aroma of baked goodness and every bite feels like a warm hug from your favorite grandma. You guessed it right, it's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

When is Chocolate Chip Cookie Day?

It's national chocolate chip cookie day on the 15th May.

A Bit About the Day

Think back to the happiest day on the internet, likely you’re tasting the warm, gooey sweetness of May, 15th 2015, the day when National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day was the most trending topic with a whopping 17074 mentions recorded online! Practically a holiday royalty, the day is celebrated by bakeries and cookie lovers around the globe with delicious specials and eventful celebrations.

The Sweet Origin

Now, for a lovely crunch of history. The chocolate chip cookie, the star of our story, was invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield in the 1930s. Ruth owns the celebrated Toll House Inn where she began serving a heavenly new pastry- a cookie with chunks of a semi-sweet Nestle's chocolate bar, in other words, the world's first chocolate chip cookie.

Why We Celebrate

Chocolate chip cookies, aside from their obvious delicious appeal, symbolize warmth, comfort, and simplicity. Everyone has a cookie story and National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day serves as a loving remembrance of good times, carefree childhood and the joy of the simple things in life.

How to Celebrate

It's simple really. Bake, share, eat. Bake your own cookies. Share them with loved ones. Eat them (of course!). You can also tag your half-devoured cookies on social media with the hashtag #NationalChocolateChipCookieDay and join the fraternité de la cookie! Then, sit back, bite into your heartwarming creation, and let the world (and the internet) carry on its spin around the warm and delicious center that is the Chocolate Chip Cookie.

History behind the term 'Chocolate Chip Cookie'


The Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie

In 1938, Ruth Graves Wakefield, the owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, was experimenting with a new cookie recipe. She decided to chop up a bar of semisweet chocolate and add it to her cookie dough, expecting the chocolate to melt and disperse throughout the dough as it baked. However, to her surprise, the chocolate remained in solid chunks, creating the very first chocolate chip cookie.


Nestlé's Collaboration with Ruth Graves Wakefield

After Ruth Wakefield's invention of the chocolate chip cookie, her recipe gained popularity. In 1939, Nestlé, the chocolate company, decided to capitalize on the cookie's success. They made a deal with Wakefield: Nestlé would provide her with a lifetime supply of chocolate, and in return, Wakefield would give Nestlé the rights to publish her cookie recipe on their packaging. This collaboration helped spread the popularity of chocolate chip cookies even further.


The Emergence of the Name 'Chocolate Chip Cookie'

Initially, when Ruth Wakefield created her famous cookie, she called it the 'Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie.' However, in 1941, the name 'Chocolate Chip Cookie' was coined by Marjorie Husted, a writer for Betty Crocker's radio program, 'Famous Foods from Famous Places.' The new name quickly caught on, becoming the standard term for this iconic treat.


Official National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Recognizing the widespread love and appreciation for chocolate chip cookies, National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day was officially designated on August 4th in 1987. This special day celebrates the deliciousness of this beloved cookie and gives people an opportunity to indulge in their favorite sweet treat.

Did you know?

Did you know that the original recipe for the chocolate chip cookie, also known as the Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie, is still printed on every bag of Nestle chocolate chips?


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First identified

6th May 2015

Most mentioned on

15th May 2015

Total mentions


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