We may not know which came first — the chicken or the egg — but the history of chocolate chips and their namesake cookie is well-documented, and it may not be what you think. Chocolate chips came after the chocolate chip cookie, and despite their popularity, they are probably younger than your grandmother (they were first marketed in 1940!). According to legend, the chocolate chip cookie was created by chance when a baker ran out of baker’s chocolate and substituted semi-sweet chocolate. Nestlé went one step further by introducing chocolate “morsels” to the world after selling their semi-sweet chocolate bars with a chopping tool (for easy chunking of the bar) for a few years. With such a history, and with so much mass appeal, it’s no surprise that this kitchen delight deserves celebration, and that’s why, on May 15, we’ve got National Chocolate Chip Day.
National Chocolate Chip Day
Chocolate chip recipe
Making your own homemade chocolate chips! This is a very simple and quick recipe. You’ll never run out of chocolate chips for your cookie and dessert recipes with just one ingredient “chocolate.” You want to make chocolate chip cookies or chocolate chip muffins but you don’t have any more chocolate chips? Don’t be alarmed! Because you can make them yourself in a matter of minutes. Making homemade chocolate chips is quick and easy, and you have complete control over the composition and size of the chips. It’s also much cheaper than buying store bought.
Chocolate chips ingredients
Chocolate chip recipe needs only one ingredient and it is very simple to make. You need to be very quick while making it.
- Dark chocolate of your choice, semi-sweet is preferable, or sugar-free chocolate. Unsweetened chocolate can also be used.
Chocolate chip recipe starts by melting the dark chocolate faster and breaking it into small pieces or chopping it.
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave, being careful not to overheat it. Stir with a spatula on a regular basis until you have a smooth, liquid chocolate mixture.
- Melt chocolate into a pastry bag fitted with a round 2 icing tip, or cut the end of the bag with scissors to make a very small opening.
- Poach the chips on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper right away. Working quickly is essential because the chocolate cools quickly.
- Allow the chips to cool at room temperature, or place them in the fridge for a few minutes if you are in a hurry.
- Remove the chocolate chips from the parchment paper with care.
- Place the chips in an airtight glass storage jar.
Chocolate chip recipe ideas
Want to make chocolate chip desserts? If you have a bag of chocolate chips on hand, you have two options. You can have them join a cast of other dessert-destined characters in your pantry and create an elaborate weekend dessert. You can also make them the star of the show by combining them with another ingredient or two (or three) to create a simple-yet-effective sweet treat that will last you and your family until the next grocery store run.
We’ve gathered the best chocolate chip recipes to ensure that you’re covered no matter what you choose. And for more, see following list of Classic American chocolate chip desserts that deserve a remake.
- Zucchini bread
- Fudgy raspberry brownies
- Frozen chocolate cheesecake tart
- Chocolate chip blondies
- Super chunky cookies
- Dream cupcakes
- Chocolate chip cheesecake bars
- Oatmeal chocolate chip cookie ice-cream cake
- Double chocolate-chip muffin tops
- Chocolate pecan pie bars
- Skinny banana chocolate-chip muffin
- Peppermint chip cheesecake
- Mint chocolate chip yogurt ice pops
- Peanut butter chippers
- Chocolate-chip banana bread
- Chocolate peanut butter pizza
- Chocolate-chip cookie cupcakes
- Caramel nut bars
- Chocolate almond cheesecake
- Chocolate pistachio biscotti
- Baileys chocolate truffles
- Hot chocolate pumpkin cake
- Mint chocolate chip ice cream
How to store chocolate chips?
Chocolate chips can be stored properly for up to two years. The higher the cocoa content, the longer the chocolate will last. Milk chocolate chips will go sour after 8 months, whereas 80 percent dark chocolate may last up to 2 years without going stale. Chocolate chips with nuts or fruit spoil faster, so after 8-10 months, you may notice a rancid flavor.
Activities for national chocolate chip day
- Most chefs understand how to use tried-and-true flavor combinations to great effect, but the best chefs create entirely new combinations. For a real challenge, try using chocolate chips in a dinner recipe.
- How big can it be baked? Although you are unlikely to break the world record, National Chocolate Chip Day is the ideal time to try your hand at baking the largest chocolate chip cookie possible.
- You’re well on your way to a kid-friendly edible art project with a mix of chocolate chips, M&Ms, and other similarly-sized chocolate candies! This can get messy, though, so it’s probably a project best suited for the kitchen!
Why do we appreciate National Chocolate Chip Day?
Chocolate Chips Can Be Found Anywhere! Chocolate chips may have been designed with one purpose in mind, but they have evolved since their humble beginnings as cookie fillers. Nowadays, it’s difficult to imagine a confection that hasn’t been topped with a chocolate chip cap, whether it’s pancakes, muffins, or ice cream sundaes. The chocolate chips that eventually found their way into the classic chocolate chip cookie are made of semi-sweet chocolate, but in keeping with the times, they now come in a plethora of options ranging from white chocolate to dark chocolate and all the way to caramel, ensuring that there’s a place for a chip in whatever you’re baking!
We’ll eat them all, big or small! Everyone, regardless of size, enjoys chocolate chip cookies. They could be small (as long as there are enough to go around!) or massive, as in the case of Immaculate Baking’s 40,000 pound Guinness World Record breaker, but they’re sure to draw a crowd. The fact that chocolate chips were used to break the world record for largest cookie is testament to their universality, and it’s safe to say that they’ll always have a place on any baker’s shelf.
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