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May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then toss back some bite-sized chocolate morsels because it's National Chocolate Chip Day!  Eat them straight or bake with them!  Let's get right into celebrating National Chocolate Chip Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Do you honestly even have to ask? Unless you're allergic to chocolate, you've eaten chocolate chips all your life in a number of different baked goods. Heck, you might even eat them straight! And you're no different than everyone else, so since everyone is eating them then of course there would be a holiday set aside for them!  And can you guess how they got their start? Yep, chocolate chip cookies are what helped create these little chocolate chips we know and love. Back in 1937, Ruth Graves Wakefield invented these magical cookies when she cut up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestle bar and added it to the recipe.

And guess what... everyone loved them! So in 1939, Nestle convinced Wakefield to add her recipe to their chocolate bar wrapper. How did they convince her? Oh you know, a lifetime supply of chocolate! What woman would turn that down?  And at first Nestle would provide a little chopping tool with their chocolate bars, so that people could easily make the cookies but that didn't last long. In 1941, Nestle and a bunch of other companies started producing chocolate chips. And you know how Nestle's brand of cookies are called Toll House cookies? Well, Wakefield was staying in the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts when she created the chocolate chip cookies! Cool, huh?  Now break out the chocolate!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate?  Well, if you want to be a slacker then you can just buy a bag of chocolate chips and start munching on them! You can get semi-sweet, dark, milk, white or even mint chocolate chips if you like. I'm sure this will be a short-lived celebration though because I know I can only eat so many chocolate chips straight up.

But you can also find some ready-made chocolate chip cookies, so that's another easy option for a celebration. And the bakery in your grocery store might even have some freshly-baked chocolate chip infused treats for you to eat. If I were you, I'd head to the bakery first to check what they have before I went and bought some commercialized cookies.  Nothing beats eating a warm cookie that when you pull it apart the chocolate chips are melted and are screaming to be eaten!  Or you can make some chocolate chip treats at home yourself! You're not limited to just making chocolate chip cookies; they're just a treat that never fails to satisfy. So think about some other creative ways to use chocolate chips today. You can put them in pancakes, bread, trail mix, granola bars and so on. And hey, you can melt them down too... they did start out as chocolate chips after all ;).  Enjoy your day and I hope you don't crash from your sugar high!





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