The Historic Candy Origin Of Chocolate Chips – Tasting Table

Nestlé may be one of the best-known maker of chocolate chips (which it refers to as chocolate morsels) but the history of the confectionary treat goes back much further than when the Swiss company started manufacturing them. According to New England Recipes, candy referred to as chocolate chips emerged in the 1890s. In 1892, Kaufmannns in Pennsylvania described its new candy department in a newspaper advertisement and listed “Chocolate Chips” as an item the sold (per New England Recipes).

It wasn’t until 1939 that Nestlé took its semi-sweet chocolate bars and turned them into 160 pieces that were perfectly-sized for Nestlé Toll House cookies. A little while later, Nestlé began selling the product that we are most familiar with today. These are referred to by the company as, “‘ready-to-use teardrop shaped morsel.” Other companies have since created their own chocolate chips, from small manufacturers like Wilbur’s of Maine to international brands like The Hershey Company. 

It’s much easier to categorize chocolate chips as a kind of candy when you take into consideration all of the different flavor variations now available for the treat. One of Nestlé Toll House’s newest products is its DelightFulls Filled Baking Morsels that come in four flavors, including milk chocolate morsels with caramel or peanut butter filling. 

Whether a candy or addition to a baked dish, who hasn’t snuck a few handfuls of chocolate chips into their mouths while they cooked with them?

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