Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Chocolate On The Brain III

In case you missed my other two post on this subject they can be found here Chocolate on the Brain and here Chocolate on the Brain II.


Is famous for the toll house cookie recipe.


Back in 1930, Kenneth and Ruth Wakefield purchased a Cape Cod-style TOLL HOUSE located halfway between Boston and New Bedford, on the outskirts of Whitman, Massachusetts. Originally constructed in 1709, the house served as a haven for road-weary travelers. Here, passengers paid toll, changed horses and ate much-welcomed home-cooked meals. It was also here, over 200 years later, that the Wakefields decided to open a lodge, calling it the TOLL HOUSE Inn.

In keeping with the tradition of creating delicious homemade meals, Ruth baked for guests who stayed at the TOLL HOUSE Inn. As she improved upon traditional Colonial recipes, Ruth's incredible desserts began attracting people from all over New England.

One day, while preparing a batch of Butter Drop Do cookies, a favorite recipe dating back to Colonial days, Ruth cut a bar of our NESTLÉ Semi-Sweet Chocolate into tiny bits and added them to her dough, expecting them to melt.

Instead, the chocolate held its shape and softened to a delicately creamy texture. The resulting creation became very popular at the Inn. Soon, Ruth's recipe was published in a Boston newspaper, as well as other papers in the New England area. Regional sales of our delicious NESTLÉ Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar skyrocketed.

Ruth eventually approached NESTLÉ and together, we reached an agreement that allowed us to print what would become the TOLL HOUSE Cookie recipe on the wrapper of our Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar. Part of this agreement included supplying Ruth with all of the chocolate she could use to make her delicious cookies for the rest of her life.

As the popularity of the TOLL HOUSE cookie continued to grow, we looked for ways to make it easier for people to bake. Soon, we began scoring the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar, and packaged it with a special chopper for easily cutting it into small morsels. Shortly after, in 1939, we began offering tiny pieces of chocolate in convenient, ready-to-use packages and that is how the first NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels were introduced.

Since they were first used by Ruth Wakefield in what would become the most popular cookie of all time, NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Morsels have satisfied the chocolate cravings of millions. Today, they're used to make many of the hundreds of delectable chocolate desserts all across America and around the globe.

Visit Very Best Baking for the recipe.

Nestle Chocolate Chips


Milton Hershey made a decision in 1894 to produce sweet chocolate as a coating for his caramels. Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he called his new enterprise the Hershey Chocolate Company. In 1900, the company began producing milk chocolate in bars, wafers and other shapes. With mass-production, Hershey was able to lower the per-unit cost and make milk chocolate, once a luxury item for the wealthy, affordable to all. One early advertising slogan described this new product as “a palatable confection and a most nourishing food.”

The immediate success of Hershey’s low-cost, high-quality milk chocolate soon caused the company’s owner to consider increasing his production facilities. He decided to build a new chocolate factory amid the gently rolling farmland of south-central Pennsylvania in Derry Township, where he had been born. Close to the ports of New York and Philadelphia which supplied the imported sugar and cocoa beans needed, surrounded by dairy farms that provided the milk required, and with a local labor supply of honest, hard-working people, the location was perfect. By the summer of 1905, the new factory was turning out delicious milk chocolate.

Hershey Cocoa

HERSHEY'S COCOA debuted in 1894 when Milton Hershey founded Hershey Chocolate Company. The item was initially sold as a beverage mix. In fact, "Great for Baking" was added to the can as a reminder that Cocoa could be included in baked goods as well. Today most HERSHEY'S COCOA is used for baking... and it's still great!

1894- Hershey introduces Unsweetened Cocoa.
1988 - Hershey replaces metal cans with plastic cans.
1989 - Hershey launches Dutch Processed Cocoa.
2005 - Hershey launches SPECIAL DARK Cocoa


1971 ROLO CARAMELS in chocolate are introduced.

When I'm standing in a check-out line and the chocolate urge hits this is the candy I usually choose. Just one little candy when I get to the the car is all it takes to satisfy my chocolate sweet tooth. Then I eat the rest over the next few days. I don't eat 200 + calories at one time :-)

There are so many Hershey products I love... KISSES, REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS and a frozen ZERO candy bar, which is a bit hard to bite into these days. I could go on and on with Hershey's line of candies... but I will only mention one more :-)


Founded in the 1800's, Cadbury has long been a part of England's history with ties to the British monarchy. The first Cadbury shop was established by John Cadbury in Birmingham, England and grew through the hard work and vision of his sons, the Cadbury brothers - Richard and George. Still today, CADBURY DAIRY MILK is the UK's best selling chocolate, achieving its flavor and creaminess using the traditional recipe.

Acquiring the license to manufacture and sell Cadbury products in the United States in 1988, Hershey Foods Corporation has continued that fine artisan quality of chocolate making. Among the brands made in Hazleton, PA are CADBURY DAIRY MILK bar, CADBURY FRUIT & NUT bar, CADBURY, CADBURY Roast Almond bar, CADBURY ROYAL DARK bar and CARAMELLO bar.

The most famous Cadbury product is the CADBURY CRÈME EGG available only during the Easter season. To many consumers, the Easter season and CADBURY CRÈME EGG were introduced by a very famous character - the "Clucking Bunny." The "Clucking Bunny" campaign, which began in 1982, remains one of the most recognized and beloved confectionery advertising campaigns. The Cadbury Company started making this product in 1923.

I can't say the CADBURY CRÈME EGG is my favorite. When I worked at Nichol's Dept. Store in the mid 1980s I would often work at the registers at Easter. There would be rolling display baskets by the registers and the egg candies along with other candies would sit in display there. The eggs would get warm and melt. Such a mess I had to clean up! So I'm not fond of them :-)

I've really enjoyed browsing the web for chocolate history. I haven't eaten any chocolate and don't plan on eating any chocolate anytime soon... it has been enough just to read about chocolate. I've lost eight pounds off my body in a week's time.... so my scales say. My scales are probably broken because I can't see where any weight has disappeared. Maybe just thinking of chocolate is a good weight loss plan... if my scales aren't broken :-)


1 comment :

  1. The Zero is one of my Favorite candies! It reminds me of my Dear Granddaddy who was so good at feeding my sweet tooth! Other things that remind me of him are Chick-O-stix, Butterfingers and oatmeal Little Debbies. He had a gas station and keep the Little Debbies on top of the Drink Machine in the window and they would get warm and be so good! Back in the 60's they had more cream filling!
    I love to read your Blog and see what memories you bring back!


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