Chocolate Chip Cookie Taste Test
GAYOT Rates 5 Chocolate Chip Cookie Brands
GAYOT’s blind taste test includes five brands of chocolate chip cookies listed in order from least appealing to best tasting. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but we sampled a solid selection of popular brands including organic options.
Shopping for chocolate chip cookies sounds sweet, but when you're actually in front of the shelf in the store, it's not that much fun as there is a plethora of choices. Chocolate chip cookies come in all sizes with so many different descriptions you can get a sugar rush just by reading the labels: soft baked, chunky, chewy, craft-baked, crunchy, thin, crispy, original, organic, not to mention the calorie count and dosage of saturated fat, sodium and sugar.
To guide you, we limited our blind taste-test to five brands of chocolate chip cookies that you can easily find in stores nationwide. The results might surprise you, but hey, that's the way the cookie crumbles.
History of Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are a classic, homespun American comfort food — it's no wonder they are still America's number one cookie. The original recipe came courtesy of chef and author Ruth Wakefield who put chocolate chips into her Butter Drop Do cookies and published the recipe in her Tried and True cookbook in 1938. The cookie was initially called the Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie as a nod to the popular restaurant she ran with her husband in Whitman, Massachusetts from 1930 to 1967. She reportedly used a Nestlé chocolate bar when she concocted what would be her most famous creation. She later sold the recipe to Nestlé for a lifetime supply of chocolate and $1 though she allegedly never received that dollar. The cookie was a popular choice for care packages for soldiers during World War II and became a staple as a Christmas eve offering for Santa Claus, not to mention its appeal to both adults and children as a favorite sugary indulgence.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Fun Facts
- There are 7 billion chocolate chip cookies eaten in the United States every year, with about 50 percent of those homemade cookies.
- The world's biggest chocolate chip cookie weighed 40,000 pounds and had a diameter of 101 feet. It was created in 2003 by The Immaculate Baking Company in Flat Rock, North Carolina.
- The Betty Crocker Cooking School of the Air radio program helped launch Wakefield's cookie into fame.
- The chocolate chip cookie is the official cookie of Massachusetts after a third grade class proposed the idea and the legislature voted for the measure in 1997.
- The public's love affair with the chocolate chip cookie shows no signs of slowing — the iconic treat is showing up on more dessert menus in restaurants nationwide.