What is America’s Favorite Cookie: The Chocolate Chip?

One of the things that the cookie business has taught me is the fact that consumers are passionate about their Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Discussions as to what types of cookies people like, Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodle, and Oatmeal Raisin are fine but when we talk about these cookies the discussions never get as hot as they do any time we all discuss the Chocolate Chip Cookie.
Is it the size and shape of the chocolate? The rich, golden delicious flavor? The fact that it was created right here in the U.S of A.?

The chocolate chip cookie acquired it’s start in a country Inn located in Massachusetts in 1930. The American original was invented by Ruth Wakefield who owns the Inn as a dessert for her guests. Years later she would publish a cookbook Toll House Tried and True Recipes that included her recipe for Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie that was soon being baked by housewives all across the country. Some 80 years after it was invented the Chocolate Chip Cookie is still as popular as ever.

When it comes to what is the best type of chocolate chip cookies everyone has their own opinion, and the debate over thin or thick cookies, or crisp or chewy cookies always gets heated. I prefer a chewy chocolate chip cookie but with crisp outer edges, the best of both worlds if you ask me. But whether you like them crunchy or soft there is sure to be a cookie that has the perfect texture for you. Its popularity has led it to become one of the most imitated cookies, turned into all sorts of delicious yumminess. It may have started with only chocolate chips, but today variations include white chocolate chips, Reeses Pieces, M&M’s, walnuts are often added to the dough to give them a bit of crunch, or maybe Macadamia nuts.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter is a classic combination so why not Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Don’t like a cookie, turn them into a bar and lets call them Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies baked in a brownie pan!

What about a giant cookie? There is such a thing as a 12 inch diameter, 27 ounce monster chocolate chip cookie that could feed an entire childrens birthday celebration, or one really, really hungry cookie monster.

A flavor that we get asked to make a lot is Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, and we have a customer that Really loves their Oatmeal Walnut Chocolate Chip cookies.

What started in a little country Inn has grown into something impressive.

Although there are lots of variations of this American classic one thing is for surewe love our Chocolate Chip Cookies in all of their types. What is your favorite?

Find recipes for chocolate chip cookies and more at www.bendcookie.com

Sean Lannin is the owner of Bend Cookie Company which offers custom, hand decorated sugar cookies arranged in bouquets, tins and baskets for all lifes celebrations.

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