A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

Inventors are inspirational.  Ruth Graves Wakefield was an inventor, dietitian, educator, business owner, chef, and author.  She is known as the inventor of the first chocolate chip cookie, which became the famous Toll House Cookie.


Ruth was born on June 17, 1903 in East Walpole, Massachusetts.  In 1924, she attended the Framingham State Normal School Department of Household Arts.  She then worked as a dietitian, lectured, and got married.  In 1928, she and her husband, Kenneth Donald Wakefield, had a son.  In 1930, the couple bought what they named the Toll House Inn, a tourist lodge.  The lodge was in Whitman, Massachusetts in between Boston and New Bedford.  People came there for meals and Ruth cooked and served all the food.  She became known for her food.  She invented the chocolate chip cookie around 1938.


Before the cookie, Roth wrote a cookbook, Toll House Tried and True Recipes.  The cookbook went through 39 printings and the 1938 edition was the first that contained the recipe for the “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie”.  Andrew Nestle and Ruth Wakefield made a business agreement.  Ruth was given a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate and the Toll House Cookie recipe began to be printed on the package of Nestle chocolate.


Wakefield suffered from an long illness before her death.  She died on January 10, 1977 at the Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Her invention of the chocolate chip cookie led to it becoming the most popular variety of cookie in America.  Many people in this world can be thankful to Ruth Graves Wakefield.  Be inspired!  Have a bright day!

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