Posted by: Jack Henry | August 2, 2018

Editor’s Corner: Rambling to the Toll House

Dear readers,

Years ago, we went over different terms for freeways, highways, and roads. Since then, I received a few new things on these topics from different sources. I thought you might be interested in these tidbits. First, from our coworker Andi:

“Toll roads, especially near the East Coast, are often called turnpikes; the term turnpike originated from pikes, which were long sticks that blocked passage until the fare was paid and the pike turned at a toll house (or toll booth in current terminology).”

Hmm. Now I’m thinking of Nestle® TOLL HOUSE® chocolate chip cookies. What’s up with tolls and chocolate chips? Let’s figure that out, and then tomorrow I will provide you with part two of my trip “on the road again.”

From Wikipedia:

The Toll House Inn of Whitman, Massachusetts, was established in 1930 by Kenneth and Ruth Graves Wakefield. Toll House chocolate chip cookies are named after the inn.

Contrary to its name and the sign, which still stands despite the building burning down in 1984, the place was never a toll house and it was built in 1817, not 1709. The "toll house" and the "1709" was a marketing strategy.

Ruth Wakefield cooked all the food served and soon gained local fame for her desserts. In 1936, while adapting her butter drop dough cookie recipe, she became the inventor of the first chocolate chip cookie using a bar of semi-sweet chocolate made by Nestlé. The new dessert soon became very popular. Wakefield contacted Nestlé and they struck a deal: The company would print her recipe on the cover of all their semi-sweet chocolate bars, and she would get a lifetime supply of chocolate. Nestlé began marketing chocolate chips to be used especially for cookies.Wakefield wrote a cookbook, Toll House Tried and True Recipes, that went through 39 printings starting in 1940.

Wakefield died in 1977, and the Toll House Inn burned down from a fire that started in the kitchen on New Year’s Eve 1984.The inn was not rebuilt. The site, at 362 Bedford Street, is marked with a historical marker…. Although there are many manufacturers of chocolate chips today, Nestlé still publishes the recipe on the back of each package of Toll House Morsels.

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

Symitar Documentation Services

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