Did you know chocolate chips were a happy accident? The tasty chocolaty bits were created in the late 1930s after Boston-area inn owner Ruth Wakefield jazzed up her cookie recipe by adding a chopped up Nestle semi-sweet chocolate bar to her dough.
According to the Nestle website, the popular recipe was soon printed on the back of the company’s candy bars (along with a special chopper so consumers could cut the bars into morsels!) and in 1939, Nestle began offering the tiny pieces of chocolate in ready-to-use packages.
Seventy-five years later, the chocolate chip is as popular as ever, and there’s even a day — May 15 — devoted to them. But if you’ve tried every chocolate chip recipe in the book, you may be looking for other ways to toast the chocolate chip.
Here are five food-filled ways to celebrate National chocolate Chip Day.
Just fondue it!
Want a super easy chocolate fondue recipe? Add 12 ounces of milk or dark chocolate chips and 8 ounces of heavy cream to a saucepan and heat on low heat until chips are melted. You can also make this in the microwave (just keep checking it and stir as needed) or in a fondue pot. Use it to dip strawberries, bananas, pretzels and more.
Go bananas with add-ins
Homemade banana bread is a great way to use up those quickly ripening bananas, but adding a handful of chocolate chips to the batter gives your recipe some extra pizzazz. For a cool treat, add chocolate chips to orange sorbet. (Orange and chocolate is a great combo.) Or dress up watermelon sorbet with chocolate chip “seeds.”
Start your National Chocolate Chip Day off with chocolate chip pancakes. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips to your regular pancake recipe (the mini size chips work best), or try this easy recipe from Betty Crocker.
Sweeten your chili
The chocolate-chili pepper combo goes back to the Aztec days, when the spicy concoction was consumed as a drink. These days, high-end chefs spike their chili recipes with chocolate. Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson even prepared her Chocolate Chip Chili recipe on “The Today Show.” See the video here.
Say “Cheers!” to chocolate chips
Ready for total decadence? Toast the day with a chocolate chip martini. TV chef Rachael Ray’s recipe includes white and dark creme de cacoa, vodka, butterscotch schnapps and those all-important chocolate chips. See the complete recipe here.