Ruth (Graves) Wakefield

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Ruth Jones Wakefield formerly Graves
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Categories: Food History | Massachusetts Inventors.

Kenneth Wakefield and Ruth ran a tourist lodge in Massachusetts named the Toll House Inn, where she prepared the recipes for meals that were served to guests.

In 1930, Wakefield was mixing a batch of Butter Drop Do cookies for the Inn guests when she discovered that she was out of baker's chocolate. She substituted broken pieces of Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate, expecting it to melt and absorb into the dough to create chocolate cookies. Instead, the chocolate chips stayed as part of the cookie and her guests loved them. Wakefield realized that she had accidentally invented "chocolate chip cookies." At first they were called, "Toll House Crunch Cookies."

Working the with the Nestle Company, Ruth Wakefield decided to reach an agreement. Nestle would print the Wakefield Toll House Cookie recipe on its package, and Wakefield would be given a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate.

The chocolate chip cookie became the most popular variety of cookie in America.

Her Children: Kenneth D. Wakefield Jr. born 1928 and died May 31, 1993. Also a daughter.

The Toll House Inn in Mass. burned in 1984.

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