Did you know that chocolate chips were invented after chocolate chip cookies? Or that s’mores were invented by girl scouts? Here are some interesting facts about baking and desserts that you can take on and impress your friends.
1. Chocolate chips were invented after the chocolate cookie.
The famous story of chocolate chip cookie goes way back to 1930. The baker Ruth Wakefield improvised by chopping the chocolate chip and added to the cookie dough hoping that it would melt and become the chocolate cookie. However, the chocolate chip did not melt but instead each of the chocolate chip retained their form, softened the dough and gave moist sweetness. It became the first chocolate chip cookie. Ruth’s recipe for the chocolate chip cookie is the famous recipe that is still printed on back of the Nestle’s chocolate chip bag.
2. Croissant weren’t created in France
You probably think that because of the name, croissant is created by French. However, the delicious, soft, and flakey pieces of buttery croissant is actually made by Austrian. Austria had simpler version of the croissant and August Zang took the idea who founded Viennese bakery in France.
3. S’mores were invented by girl scouts
S’mores is a traditional nighttime campfire treat consisting of a layer of chocolate and fire-roasted marshmallow and graham cracker at the top and bottom. S’mores is a contraction of the phrase “some more” that people asked more and more since it was so delicious. The first recipe was from girl scout while they having a summer camp. Girl scout seems to be our pioneer of sweet desserts.
4. Marshmallow is actually a plant, and was used as an herbal remedy for sore throats
Traditionally marshmallow is from the plant called “Althea officinalis“. It is called marshmallow plant. The leaves and roots were used as herbal remedy for sore throats. It goes way back to the ancient Egyptians using it as herbal remedy with mixture of nuts and honey. In 1800s France took the sap from marshmallow plant and combined it with egg whites and sugar. Now the modern marshmallow consists of sugar, water and gelatin which is a soft candy.
5. The chocolate river in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory was real chocolate river
I love the movie Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory that was released in 1971. Not only it successfully portrayed the wonderland with desserts but also they were real about it. The chocolate river inside the factory contained 150,000 gallons of water mixed with chocolate and cream. You could have actually drunk it! However, it did not take long to spoil that it is told that the smell was quite awful.