Friday, March 7, 2014

Ruth Wakefield

Ruth Wakefield     By : Ramsey Tucker

       Ruth Wakefield was the inventor of the chocolate chip cookie. Before the 1930's no one had ever had a chocolate chip cookie. Why? Because, it had not been invented yet. Ruth graduated from the Framingham State Normal School Department of Household Arts in 1924. One of Ruth Wakefield's recipes was butter drop do cookies. As she prepared the batter one day, she discovered she had run out of baker's chocolate. She found a semi-sweet chocolate bar that had been given to her by Andrew Nestle, and so she cut it into tiny bits and added them to the dough, expecting them to melt as the cookies baked in the oven. However, the chocolate did not melt. Instead, it held its shape and softened to a delicately creamy texture. Needless to say, the cookies Ruth had created became very popular with guests at the inn, and soon her recipe was published in a Boston newspaper, as well as other papers in the New England area. That's how she invented chocolate chip cookies.

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