|SOLON, Ohio., Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Every American has a chocolate chip cookie memory. The scene of children coming home from school to the scent of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies wafting from the oven is as ubiquitous as the chocolate chip cookie itself. This year, Nestlé® Toll House® is celebrating 75 years of the chocolate bit that dropped its way into the kitchens and memories of American families everywhere – the Nestlé® Toll House® Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsel. For more information about the 75th anniversary and to explore new ways to bake, please visit http://nestletollhouse75.com/.
The Nestlé® Toll House® story begins with chocolate chip cookie inventor Ruth Wakefield, who ran the successful Toll House restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts. One day, while baking a batch of Butter Drop Do cookies, a favorite recipe dating back to colonial times, Wakefield broke a bar of Nestlé® semi-sweet chocolate into tiny pieces and added them to the dough expecting to create a chocolate cookie. Instead, the semi-sweet bits held their shape and softened to a delicate creamy texture. Wakefield’s “Toll House Crunch Cookie” recipe was published in a Boston newspaper and quickly became the trending cookie recipe everyone was baking.
“Ruth Wakefield’s unexpected discovery and invention of the chocolate chip cookie, the most popular cookie of all-time, is central to the tradition and heritage of the Nestlé® Toll House® brand,” says Al Multari, President of the Baking Division at Nestlé, based in Solon, OH. “A baking innovator from the start, Nestlé® Toll House® products have inspired home bakers for 75 years, and that’s just the beginning of its chocolate baking legacy.”
Realizing a way to make Wakefield’s Toll House cookie recipe easier for bakers, in 1939, Nestlé® scored its semi-sweet chocolate bars into 160 right size pieces especially for Nestlé® Toll House® cookies. Shortly after, the familiar ready-to-use teardrop shaped “morsels” were introduced. Fast forward to 2014 and Americans still enjoy one of the most iconic American foods of all time – the Nestlé® Toll House® Semi-Sweet Morsel.
For 75 years, the Nestlé® Toll House® brand has led baking trends that millions of home bakers emulate in their own kitchens. From inventive recipes to new morsel flavors to the convenience of ready-to- bake cookie dough, it has never been easier to create and share the delicious taste of Nestlé® Toll House® products after the game, around the table or as a midnight snack.
Continuing its commitment to baking innovations, Nestlé® Toll House® is focusing on the future of chocolate baking with two new product introductions, Nestlé® Toll House® DelightFulls™ Filled Baking Morsels and Nestlé® Toll House® Frozen Cookie Dough
Reiterated trillions of times, the original Nestlé® Toll House® chocolate chip cookie recipe remains America’s favorite. Nestlé® Toll House® Semi-Sweet Morsels have inspired millions of people to bake and share their cookies and baking stories past, present and future.