Chocolate chip cookie – The birthplace of the sweet delicacy in Whitman

In 1930, Ruth Wakefield and her husband bought a tourist lodge. When the couple opened their business, they named the establishment the Toll House Inn. Located between Boston and New Bedford and was a place where passengers ate home-cooked meals.

Ruth cooked and served all the food and soon gained local fame for her lobster dinners and desserts. Her chocolate chip cookies soon became very popular. She invented chocolate chip cookies around 1938.

The Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, circa 1940. The building was destroyed by fire in 1984 / Image source

It is often incorrectly reported that the cookie was an accident, and that Wakefield expected the chocolate chunks to melt making chocolate cookies. In reality, Wakefield stated that she deliberately invented the cookie.

She said, “We had been serving a thin butterscotch nut cookie with ice cream. Everybody seemed to love it, but I was trying to give them something different. So I came up with Toll House cookie.”

Wakefield gave Nestle the recipe for her cookies and was paid with a lifetime supply of chocolate from the company.

The restored sign of the Toll House Inn, with a commemorative plaque underneath / Image source

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