The Jacksonville (FL) Post- By Ricky Bonaduce
Posted: 06/26/2014 7:00 am EDT
Many old-family Southerners around these parts (Yes, Florida, and Jacksonville city, are actually southern, in spite of the Yankee immigration of the past 30 years.) like to think they having a monopoly on homey baked foods stretching back to the Antebellum (pre-Civil War) south that are legacies in the grand American cookbook. Well, in 1930 a Utica (NY) woman named Gladys (Malecki) Brindisi invented the chocolate chip cookie by accident, effectively changing millions of American lives forever. She and her husband Stanley owned an old camp lodge they rented to tourists on the Military Road in Remsen, NY called Toll House Inn. As the account goes, one day when Gladys was trying to make cookies for some patrons, she found to her horror she was out of the baker's chocolate she usually used. In a panic she replaced the baker's with broken nuggets of Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate instead, expecting the chocolate would melt and spread out in the batter just as the baker's would. Well, as we now know, the chips didn't spread, and chocolate chip cookies were born right up there in Utica, NY.