American Eats

Season 1 Episode 7

Cookies

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 10, 2006 on The History Channel
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Whether on Santa's plate or at grandma's house, cookies are a part of American culture. What began as hardened biscuits (perfect for traveling), they grew lighter, richer, and sweeter once sugar became readily available in the Middle East in the 13th century. America made its mark in the cookie world with invention of the chocolate chip cookie. Along with the peanut butter cookie--and yes, the fortune cookie--the chocolate chip cookie is uniquely American. Whether dropped, rolled, molded, pressed, filled, or cut into shapes, cookies are ingrained in our culture and recognizable icons.moreless
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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • The success of Nabisco's Uneeda biscuits led to similarly named products, including Uwanta Beer and Itsagood Soup, neither of which survived for long.

      • Abraham Lincoln's favorite cookie was the gingerbread cookie and Jimmy Carter's was the oatmeal raisin.

      • There is no fixed price for a box of Girl Scout cookies. Each local Girl Scout council sets their own price based on need and knowledge of the local market.

      • In Japan, you can buy Oreo cookie bars which are drizzled with vanilla, topped with chocolate chips and come 5 to a pack.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: From rich and chewy to creamy and crunchy, dipped in chocolate, the cookie. It was once a humble homemade treat, before being boxed and branded by corporate America. And then transformed into a multi-billion dollar industry that today outsells supermarket sales of donuts and chewing gum combined. The history of the cookie is double stuffed with bold bakers, technical innovators and famous cookie capitalists.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Commentators:

        Barbara Haber
        Author, From Hardtack to Home Fries

        Joe Carlin
        Culinary Historian

        Andrew F. Smith
        Culinary Historian

        Mark Cotter
        Senior VP, The Food Group

        Nancy Baggett
        Author, The All American Cookie Book

        Beth Kimmerle
        Author, Chocolate: The Sweet History

        Courtney Q. Shore
        Senior VP, Communications & Marketing, GSUSA

        Peg Gaquin
        Former Waitress, Toll House Inn

        Bruce Pestilli
        Photographer, Toll House Calendar

        Wally Amos
        Co-Founder, Chip & Cookie

        Nan Redmond
        Director of Communications, Pepperidge Farm

        Anthony Marino
        Production Supervisor, Pepperidge Farm

        Bob Noel
        Former Creative Director, Leo Burnett Agency

        Gerald Law
        VP/General Manager, J&J Snack Foods

        Nell Newman
        President, Newman's Own Organics

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