15 Interesting & Fun Facts About Cookies Here at Cookie Crates we are pros at creating some of the most mouth watering cookies, as well as having a fountain of knowledge about cookies. We thought we would share our interesting and fun facts about cookies with you, so that you may brag to your friends or just show off how much you know about this delightful treat.
So here are some and fun and interesting facts about one of America’s favourite desserts:
1. Cookies were first made in 7th century in Persia (modern-day Iran), one of the first countries to cultivate sugar.
2. The beloved Toll House chocolate chip cookie was named after the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, owned by Terry and Ruth Wakefield. Around 1938, Ruth put broken pieces of Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate into her cookie batter. While commonly thought to be accidental, modern scholarship indicates that it was a purposeful experiment. The inn's guests loved them ... and so did everyone else. Supposedly, Ruth allowed Nestle to print the recipe in exchange for one dollar—which she never received. But she got a lifetime supply of chocolate, which is probably better anyway.
3. The first chocolate chip cookie was the size of a quarter. It was super crispy and could be devoured in just one bite.
4. Cookie popularity spans the globe. In England and Australia, they’re called “biscuits,” and in Spain, they’re galletas. Cookies are keks or Plätzchen (Christmas cookies) in Germany and amaretti or biscotti (among others) in Italy. (National Restaurant Association).
5. In the late 1800s, American cookbook writers considered cookies a lowly cousin of the more important cake, and generally included only a few cookie recipes, with odd names such as kinkawoodles, graham jakes, tangle breeches, and jolly boys. The only one that’s lasted: snickerdoodle.
6. The world's biggest chocolate chip cookie weighed 40,000 pounds (18 tonnes) and had a diameter of 101 feet and contained more than 30,000 eggs. It was created in 2003 by The Immaculate Baking Company in Flat Rock, North Carolina.
7. Japan has always had the weirdest flavors for everything – soy sauce, horse-flavors, and even squid. The Unagi Pie is a cookie sold within the country that contain a mixture of garlic, fresh butter, and crushed eels.
8. Pepperidge Farm's most famous cookie was a complete accident. The Naples was a single vanilla wafer cookie with dark chocolate topping that often melted during shipping.
Cookies got stuck together, and the Milano was born.
9. The inventor of the chocolate chip cookie sold the idea to Nestle Toll House in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate.
10. Cookies as we know them today originally were made not to eat but to test oven temperature. Cooks would take a small dollop of cake batter and bake it as a means of gauging whether the oven was ready or not.
11. The chocolate chip cookie is far and away America's favorite cookie This should come as no surprise to anyone who enjoys the tasty treat. More than 53% of American adults prefer the cookies over the next most popular kind, peanut butter. Peanut butter cookies are the preferred cookie for about 16% of the nation, while about 15% of people like oatmeal cookies the best.
12. Baking a batch of fresh cookies is one of the real estate agent's finest techniques for making a house feel like a home.
13. Chocolate chip cookies were a popular item to put in soldiers’ care packages during WWII.
14. American cookie jars, descendents of British biscuit jars, were born out of need. They first appeared in the 1930s as Depression housewives slowly abandoned buying bakery-made foods, baking at home instead to save money.
15. Animal Crackers, introduced by Nabisco in 1902, were the first commercial cookie to be massed-produced in the U.S.