August 4, 2021 – National Sandwich Month | National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

This Obsession Led To One Of The Most Famous Finger Foods!

Welcome to August 4th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a portable meal and one smart cookie.

John Montagu was obsessed with gambling.  So much so that he played cards for hours on end, even forgetting at times to eat.  Then one day, he devised a meal that could be eaten with one hand. He requested that a servant bring him some meat between two pieces of bread, and thus the Earl of Sandwich created the, well, the sandwich.  Since then, this portable meal has become one of the most popular finger foods in the world.  And with so many good choices, from a multilayered club to the humble peanut butter and jelly, we decided that you need a whole month to celebrate.  During National Sandwich Month, enjoy packing your fun on the go. Though you may not be as obsessed as the Earl who started it all.  

Ruth Wakefield and her husband Kenneth ran the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. Ruth was a renowned baker, but is best known for adding semisweet chocolate to her butterscotch cookie dough.  This recipe became a regional favorite, but during World War II it caused a cookie craze.  Soldiers from Massachusetts that were stationed overseas began to receive chocolate chip cookies in care packages from home.  Soon Wakefield was inundated with requests for her recipe from all around the globe.  Nestle offered her a lifetime supply of chocolate in exchange for it, and to this day the Toll House recipe is printed on every bag of chocolate chips.  On National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day celebrate the sweet success of one smart cookie.  

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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