Attention chocolate fans and biscuit lovers. The 15 May celebrate the US as a national day of chocolate drops (National Chocolate Chip Day). Hooray. Reason enough to include this special day of chocolate chips in the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world and to tell its story with this article. What is this food holiday from the United States about?
A very brief history of National Chocolate Chip Day
Unfortunately, like so many other chocolate holidays in the United States, National Chocolate Day seems to have its origins completely unknown. In the course of my research, I was unable to find out who initiated this special day of chocolate drops, nor since when it has been celebrated in the land of unlimited possibilities.
In view of this incomplete information situation, the choice of date also seems unfounded. Whether it’s here a contextual relationship to also committed today International Day of Families (International Day of Families), the day of nylon stockings (National Nylon Stocking Day) or the day of the straw hat (National Straw Hat Day) are, seems relatively unlikely.
In addition, there is at least a content-related proximity to thematically related chocolate holidays. The following dates are mentioned as examples:
- the day of the dark chocolate (National Bittersweet Chocolate Day) on January 10th,
- the day of mint chocolate (National Chocolate Mint Day) on February 19,
- the co-chocolate-coated peanuts tag (National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day) on February 25,
- the day of chocolate raisins (National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day) on March 24,
- the day of the whole milk chocolate (National Milk Chocolate Day) on July 28th and of course
- the chocolate coating tag (Chocolate Covered Anything Day) on 16 December.
The list can certainly be expanded significantly, but these examples should suffice for the moment. So today the chocolate chips.
Kitchen knowledge: who invented the chocolate chips?
If the historical records are to be believed, the invention of the chocolate drop goes back to the American Ruth Graves Wakefield in 1937. Wakefield was working at the Toll House Inn in Whitman Massachusetts at the time, adding small, semi-sweet pieces of chocolate to a cookie recipe that she had made from Nestle chocolate bars. These biscuits became a real hit with guests at the Toll House Inn and in 1939 Wakefield signed an agreement with the food company that allowed them to print their recipe on the chocolate packaging.
It was not until 1941 that the now known drop shape or finished chocolate chips began to be sold as an independent product. The flavor has also changed over time. While it was initially the semi-sweet chocolate mentioned above, today’s range covers almost the entire spectrum of chocolate types.
So it is not surprising that many people simply eat the chocolate drops straight out of the bag. And this despite the fact that there are now an almost infinite number of recipes for biscuits, cookies, cakes, waffles, etc. As well as the contributions to the US preferred including the infamous Cookie Monster’s cookies with chocolate chips (inter alia, Cookie Monster-day =National Cookie Monster Day) on November 2, and the day of chocolate drop cookies (National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on August 4th).
Anyway: Bon appetit and a great National Chocolate Chip Day to all of you.