How Well Do You Know Chocolate Chip Cookies?

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Read on to learn more about chocolate chip cookies.

Q: How old is the chocolate chip cookie?

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A: The chocolate chip cookie has been around since 1938, making the childhood staple 76 years old.

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Q: Who invented the chocolate chip cookie?

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A: The chocolate chip cookie was invented by Ruth Wakefield, who happened to run the Toll House restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts. Wakefield had been serving butterscotch cookies with ice cream and decided to spice up the cookie recipe by adding chopped pieces of chocolate.

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Q: How many chocolate chip cookies are eaten each year?

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A: Seven billion chocolate chip cookies are eaten each year!

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Q: What's the biggest chocolate chip cookie ever made?

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A: The world’s largest chocolate chip cookie weighed 38,000 pounds. It was 102 feet in diameter and required 30,000 eggs!

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Q: How many chocolate chip cookies are in each cookie?

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A: A typical tablespoon of cookie dough can contain a maximum of 50 chocolate chips. The average consumer is content with six to eight chocolate chips per cookie.

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Q: The chocolate chip cookie is the official cookie of which states?

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A: The chocolate chip cookie is the official cookie of Massachusetts and potentially Pennsylvania, where lawmakers are trying to decide between the oatmeal cookie and the chocolate chip cookie.

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Q: What was the chocolate chip cookie originally named?

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A: Ruth Wakefield originally called her recipe Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies, which appeared in the Toll House Tried and True Recipes cookbook in 1938.

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Q: Which ingredient is most essential to a great-tasting cookie?

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A: Butter. Butter is the most significant in adding to the taste of the cookie and has a huge effect on the outcome. Melted butter yields denser cookies while creamed butter makes more cake-y cookies.

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Q: What is the record number of cookies baked in one hour?

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A: The most cookies baked in one hour is 4,695! Hassett's Bakery in Cork, Ireland set the record on July 30, 2013.

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Q: Is it important to let cookie dough rest before baking?

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A: Yes! Letting cookie dough sit is the simplest way to improve the flavor. While the dough rests, both the flour proteins and starches break down. Leaving the dough to rest over night improves the flavor even more.

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If there is one simple dessert many people are universally fond of, it's probably the chocolate chip cookie. Even some of the pickiest eaters have a soft spot for a freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven.

One of the great American inventions, the chocolate chip cookie has actually been around for quite some time, and since its creation, it has spawned dozens of different recipes. Countless bakers seem to boast of their own special ingredients, and now, even health-conscious cookie lovers can celebrate with lighter versions of the classic.

You may want to brush up on your knowledge of the beloved treat. To celebrate this great sweet, we've rounded up some fun chocolate chip cookie trivia. Think you're an expert? Read on to see how much you really know.

Check out the slideshow above for fun facts about chocolate chip cookies.

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