# National Chocolate Chip Day

Today we celebrate one of our favorite foods: the chocolate chip. These tiny tasty pieces melt into yummy gooeyness in any warm dessert. So who invented the chocolate chip? Some say that in 1930, baker Ruth Wakefield wanted to make chocolate cookies, where the cookie dough itself is chocolatey brown. She had run out of cocoa powder, so instead mixed tiny chunks of chocolate bar into the batter. She thought the chips would blend into the batter as the cookie baked. The chips did melt, but they stayed in gooey little blobs in a vanilla cookie. Thanks to that mistake, we have the chocolate chip cookie! We now stir and sprinkle chips into cakes, ice creams, and pies. No matter how you do the math, the answer is “Yum.”

Wee ones: Which has a smaller number of chocolate chips, a cookie with 4 chips or a cookie with 6 chips?

Little kids: If a cookie has 10 chocolate chips, what numbers are the 3 chips you eat after chip #5? Bonus: How do you count the chips you eat in your first 5 cookies, if you count by 10s?

Big kids: You can mix melted chocolate chips with whipped egg white and whipped cream to make chocolate mousse! If the recipe needs 120 chips and you have 2 bags of 70 chips each, do you have enough chips?  Bonus: If instead you make chocolate chip cookies, and you need 15 chips in each, how many “good” cookies can you make?

The sky’s the limit: If you can use 10 chips per cookie or 15 chips per chocolate mousse, how would you divide 100 chips to make exactly 8 desserts with no leftover chips?