In an attempt to have at least one article for every category here at PlanetPOv, I present this post/love letter about my favorite snack. The cookie. Many who know me from my time on HP may remember that I am not shy about expressing my love for the cookie. In my opinion, the best snack ever. So let’s take a look at the history of the cookie and what has made it such a successful treat.
Cookies derived from an item called a wafer. A flat, dry, biscuit served since baking was first recorded. The first true wafer like snacks that could be called “cookies” appeared around the 7th century in parts of Persia, after sugar had become a regular food staple in the area. With the Muslim invasion of Spain, the start of the Crusades, and the emerging spice trade, the cookie recipes of Persia quickly spread through Europe.
By the 15th century, the cookie had become not just a popular snack but the preferred foodstuff of travelers across Europe. World travelers and explorers loved the cookie’s longevity. It could last weeks if not months at a time. Guaranteeing fresh provisions for even the longest voyage. Quality control for these products was conducted by guilds. To truly become a baker you had to pass through a guild. A process usually taking 3 to 4 years. It allowed them to keep a tight control on quality and kind of goods.
The ingredients for a cookie remained largely unchanged til the Industrial Revolution. Bakers became independent and able to produce, by themselves, their own recipes and varieties of cookies. The 18th and 19th centuries saw a veritable explosion in the variety of cookies. Producing the most well known and most purchased of all cookies, chocolate chip. Cookie sales skyrocketed due to the relatively cheap production costs versus cakes and other sweets, and small companies like Nabisco rose to national leaders by the 20th century. Today cookies account for almost half of all snack food sales in America. Still the most popular snack among children and anyone with a glass of milk.
My favorite cookie is most definitely chocolate chip. An oldie but a goody. It is my one real vice as far as sweets go. I don’t eat cake or pie or partake in too many doughnuts. Just give me a few cookies every now and then, and I’ll be fine. But I would like to hear from you as well. Do you have a favorite cookie? Are you a dunker? Do you share my love of the delicious, not quite nutritious, cookie? Lemme know in the comments below.