History for the Rest of Us

Chocolate Chip Cookie History

Chocolate Chip Cookie History

May 14, 2013

In 1930, Ruth Graves Wakefield and her husband Kenneth purchased the Toll House Inn in Whitman Massachusetts where they served traditional colonial meals. Ruth’s tradition was to serve homemade cookies that the travelers who stopped there could take home. While preparing chocolate cookies, she realized she didn’t have the baker’s chocolate she...

Oreo Cookie

Oreo Cookie

Mar 6, 2013

On March 6, 1912, Oreo cookies were first introduced to the American public. The first Oreo rolled of the line at the Chelsea Market bakery in Manhattan, where the street has been renamed ‘Oreo Way’. The manufacturer, the National Biscuit Company (now Nabisco) informed its sales agents that it was preparing to offer three new varieties of biscuit,...

History of Fruitcake

History of Fruitcake

Nov 29, 2012

According to culinary legend, ancient Egyptians created the first version of the fruitcake for placement on the tombs or in the coffins of friends and relatives, perhaps as a food that could survive their journey into the afterlife. If the Egyptians felt the same way I do about fruitcake, they must have thought those friends and relatives were going somewhere...