10 Things You Might Not Know About Cookies*

We all know our way around a cookie, especially a Mesquite Chocolate Chip Cookie, but here are 10 things you might not know...

  1. Cookies were purportedly invented in 7th century Persia, right around the time sugar became widely available there. Step 1: Discover sugar. Step 2: Make cookies. This checks out.

  2. Cookies were first used to test the oven temperatures as bakers prepared to bake their cakes. Cookies > thermometers.

  3. In fact, cookies ARE cake. According to Webster's Dictionary, a cookie is any "small flat or slightly raised cake".

  4. By the end of the14th century, cookies were popular all across Europe. So, the rise of the cookie coincided with the start of the Renaissance--the rebirth and climb of western civilization out of the Middle Ages and into enlightenment? Not surprised.

  5. The first cookies in America closely resembled the butter tea and shortbread cookies of England and Scotland, and often these cookies were flavored with little to nothing extra outside of sugar. This is fine, but we'll take our mesquite chocolate chip version any day.

  6. Speaking of chocolate chips, the chocolate chip cookie was "invented" by accident in 1937 by a Toll House Restaurant baker named Ruth Graves Wakefield. As Bob Ross would say, what a wonderful, "happy, little accident"!

  7. The chocolate chip cookie is the official state cookie of Massachusetts, and became so in 1997. What took them so long?

  8. In fact, the chocolate chip cookie is the official cookie of Massachusetts, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Road trip!

  9. According to a Buzzfeed article, the cookies that cookie monster eats on air in Sesame street are just painted rice cakes. <sigh> Is there nothing left in this world that is pure and good?

  10. And finally...the world-record largest chocolate chip cookie, baked in North Carolina in 2003 by Immaculate Baking Co. was 102 feet wide and weighed over 40,000 pounds. Well done, North Carolina...well. done.

Now that your curiosity is fed, time to feed your belly...head on over to our shop now and pick up a bag of Mesquite Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix!

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