Salsa with Chocolate Chips: A Match Made in Heaven

The stars have aligned. All is right with the world. The scratchDC team is on cloud nine. May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day AND May is National Salsa Month. What are the odds? Two of our favorite meal add-ons (and this blogger’s two favorite things PERIOD). I mean who doesn’t adore chocolate chip cookies? Who doesn’t have an addiction to scratchDC’s soon-to-be-famous-worldwide salsa?

More on that: I know I’ve mentioned here before my scratch salsa obsession. I believe I even said I’d do shots of it. Well, it’s true. Try it for yourself if you haven’t already. (Even though I want it all for me, ME, MEEEE!) Order it with your next meal.

Salsa has surpassed ketchup as America’s best-selling condiment, and it looks like it’s here to stay. It sure took long enough, if you ask me! Salsa’s been around for thousands of years. The chile was domesticated over 7,000 years ago and tomatoes about 5,000 years ago - both in Central America. They were combined into a topping the conquistadors called salsa, or “sauce.” Spanish missionary Bernardino de Sahagun, sent to Mexico in 1529, wrote extensively on the Aztecs. In what is now known as the Florentine Codex, he described salsas sold by food vendors in the Aztec markets:

“He sells foods, sauces, hot sauces, fried [food], olla-cooked, juices, sauces of juices, shredded [food] with chile, with squash seeds, with tomatoes, with smoked chile, with hot chile, with yellow chile, with mild red chile sauce, yellow chile sauce, sauce of smoked chile, heated sauce, he sells toasted beans, cooked beans, mushroom sauce, sauce of small squash, sauce of large tomatoes, sauce of ordinary tomatoes, sauce of various kinds of sour herbs, avocado sauce.”

Now onto chocolate chips. I bet you think the chips came before the cookie. I did. Turns out the cookies came first. Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, MA, invented chocolate chip cookies in the late 1930s. She added cut-up chunks of a bittersweet Nestlé chocolate bar to a cookie recipe. The cookies were a huge success, and Wakefield reached an agreement in 1939 with Nestlé to add her recipe to the chocolate bar's packaging with the Toll House name in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate. Initially, Nestlé included a small chopping tool with their chocolate bars. In 1941 they started selling chocolate chips. Here’s a detailed history.

If your mouth's watering now (like mine), place an order for eight decadent chocolate chip cookies with your next dinner purchase.

Rose McCarthy
Rose McCarthy