Project 365 // Day 311
The birthplace of the Chocolate Chip Cookie is just a few miles from my house. We were driving by it yesterday and I knew instantly what my 365 shot was going to be for today.
In 1930 Kenneth and Ruth Wakefield purchased a Cape Cod-style house on Route 18 (Bedford Street), originally constructed in 1709 and located in the vicinity of the building used to collect the tolls from those traveling between Boston and New Bedford. The Wakefields opened the Toll House Restaurant and Inn that year, and as word of the delicious meals served, thousands of hungry travelers would stop in to sample the menu, including many celebrities; the Kennedy family, Bette Davis, Eleanor Roosevelt and local boxing legend, Rocky Marciano.
In keeping with the tradition of creating delicious homemade meals, Ruth also baked for her guests. One day, while preparing a batch of Butter Drop Do cookies, a favorite recipe dating back to Colonial days, Ruth lacked the nuts called for in the recipe. So she cut a bar of Nestlé Semi-Sweet Chocolate into tiny bits and added the bits to her dough, expecting them to melt. Instead, they held their shape and softened to a delicate 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. The Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie was born!
Nestlé Semi-Sweet chocolate sales skyrocketed! Eventually, Ruth and Nestlé reached the agreement that allowed the chocolate manufacturer to print the Toll House Cookie recipe on the wrapper of the Nestlé Semi-Sweet Chocolate products. In exchange, Nestlé would supply Ruth with all the chocolate she could use to make her delicious cookies for the rest of her life. In 1939, Nestlé made life easier for bakers by creating Nestlé Toll House Real Semi-Sweet Morsels. Today, each bag of those wonderful morsels still features the famous recipe.
In 1967, the Wakefields sold the Toll House to the Noel Family of Maine. In 1972, the Saccone family purchased and renovated the building. The Toll House burned completely on New Year’s Eve 1984, in a fire that originated in the kitchen. While the restaurant and inn were not rebuilt the Nestlé Toll House logo includes an image of the original inn.