National Chocolate Chip Day

National Chocolate Chip Day is today! That means you can enjoy them anytime today that you want to (doesn’t it?). Well, go ahead and enjoy.

National Chocolate Chip Day -History

Chocolate Chips were a required ingredient in Ruth National Chocolate Chip DayGraves Wakefield’s cookies made for the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Mass. in 1937.  She cut up Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate bars and added them to the recipe. Her cookies became a tremendous success and the rest is history. The cookies became known as Toll House Cookies named after the Inn. Ruth sold her recipe to Nestle for free chocolate for life. (Not a bad deal).  

Chocolate chips come in many sizes, usually in the teardrop shape we’re used to seeing; I’ve also used flat, disc shaped ones and small squares. They also come in many flavors (or colors). There’s the semi-sweet, bittersweet, butterscotch, white chocolate, brown and white chocolate swirl, mint chocolate, and peanut butter.

National Chocolate Chip DayThe chips are used in cookies and cakes, but also melted in sauces (and they’re great for fudge: I’ve included the Carnation fudge recipe that my family loves). It’s very simple.

Carnation® Famous Fudge

Prepare pan prior to starting boil process. Pan must be lined with aluminium foil so you can lift the fudge out using the edges of the foil.

1.5 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup (small can 5 oz) evaporated milk (Carnation)
2 Tablespoons butter or butter substitute although real butter works best.
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1.5 cups Nestle’s Chocolate Chips (small melts faster).
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or not – I prefer not).
1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Combine sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt in a medium, heavy-duty pot. Bring to a full, rolling boil over medium heat (keeping your eyes on the pot all the time and stirring constantly). Boil 4-5 minutes: Remove from heat.
Stir in marshmallows, chips,nuts (if using) and vanilla. Stir vigorously for 1 minute till marshmallows are melted. Pour into prepared pan, refrigerate for at least two hours. Lift out of pan, remove foil, cut into 48 pieces. thank you Carnation! Enjoy National Chocolate Chip Day.

Toni Weidman
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Ruth’s picture By Source, Fair use, Chip Photo courtesy of Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license. 

Enjoy National Chocolate Chip Day


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