share the joy

We believe that baking brings people closer together. Through every morsel—and every moment—we share, we make a difference in each other's lives. See how NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® can help you make the most of every moment.

Bake your world a better place

Baking gives us an opportunity to share a piece of ourselves with others. Our purpose at NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE is to inspire you with ways to show you care, so you can bake your world a better place.

Ingredients for Inspiration

From classic favorites to trending flavors, from scratch-made to quick hacks, we have the ingredients and inspiration for any occasion.

Baking in the kitchen

Supporting Our Farmers

In addition to inspiring bakers like you, we are committed to the NESTLÉ Cocoa Plan, which helps improve the lives of cocoa farmers and the quality of their products.

Cocoa farmers

One Sweet Tale

For more than 75 years, we've been a part of your favorite recipes—and memories. While our quality ingredients have stood the test of time, we've also come up with some pretty delicious innovations to keep you inspired with new baking creations. Let's take a look back at how it all started.

A True Original

Many bakers have their own version of the chocolate chip cookie. And it all started back in the 1930s. Ruth Wakefield, co-owner of the Toll House Inn in Massachusetts, cut up a NESTLÉ Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar and added the bits to her cookie recipe, expecting the chocolate to melt all through the cookie. When she opened the oven, she discovered the chocolate bits had only softened. Our NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE chocolate chip cookie was born!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cheering Up the Troops

During World War II, bakers in the U.S. sent treats like TOLL HOUSE cookies off to their soldiers overseas to help give them a taste of home.

World War II Cheer Mail clipping

Morsel Mania

As the chocolate chip cookie gained popularity, we came up with new ways to inspire our baking friends. First, we made it easier to bake up treats by introducing Semi-Sweet Morsels, so bakers wouldn't have to chop up their chocolate. Then beginning in 1958, we started creating different morsel flavors so bakers could add a personalized twist to their favorite recipes. As baking trends evolved, we added Butterscotch, Milk Chocolate, Mini, Premier White, Dark Chocolate, special flavors like Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate, and even seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Spice.

Original Nestle's(R) Semi-Sweet Chocolate
Semi-Sweet morsels
Pumpkin Spice morsels

Rethinking a Family Favorite

Our innovations don't stop with the ingredients we make. In the 1960s, we came up with a quicker way to enjoy scratch-made taste: the pan cookie. This recipe made it easier than ever to welcome a new neighbor, congratulate a friend or wish a colleague a happy birthday.

Chocolate chip bar dough

Our New Take on Fresh‑Baked

By the 1990s, family schedules were growing busier than ever. Pan cookies were great, but NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE realized we could offer bakers something new (and even easier): Refrigerated Cookie Dough. Inspired by the famous TOLL HOUSE recipe and made with ingredients like real chocolate chips, these innovative cookie doughs found their way into the homes (and hearts) of millions of cookie fans who loved the fresh-baked taste.

Baking portioned refrigerated cookie dough

Fun Facts

When Ruth Wakefield baked that first batch, no one could have predicted the way chocolate chip cookies would become such a big part of our lives. Some of our favorite bits of trivia:

  • 1997 The year Massachusetts officially recognized the chocolate chip cookie as an official state cookie.
  • 2000 The year chocolate chip cookies baked their way into the TV show Friends. Phoebe told her friends she received the family recipe from her French grandmother, “Nestlé Toulouse.”
  • 3 to 1 ratio Margin Americans prefer chocolate chip cookies to any other!* * Impulse Research; 2014 survey commissioned by Downtown Cookie Co. of 1,033 respondents.
  • 2017 The year we won a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for Most Consecutive Hours of Baking, in which our team of bakers baked for 25 straight hours, creating over 7,000 treats for Meals on Wheels.

Quality ingredients, responsibly sourced

To ensure that bakers around the world feel good about using our ingredients, we partner with the NESTLÉ Cocoa Plan, which aims to improve the lives of cocoa farmers and the quality of their products. The NESTLÉ Cocoa Plan helps us purchase responsibly sourced cocoa for the majority of TOLL HOUSE products.

We begin with the best

As bakers ourselves, we know that top-quality cocoa makes a difference in our recipes. It also makes a difference in our chocolate. One of the places we get our cocoa is the Ivory Coast, where cacao trees thrive in the warm, wet climate.

Cocoa Tree

Supporting the farmers

By participating in the NESTLÉ Cocoa Plan, NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE helps support the hardworking farmers who are providing for their families. In fact, the NESTLÉ Cocoa Plan was able to train 44,000 farmers in 2015, helping them grow better cocoa at a better profit.

Harvesting cocoa

Cultivated with care

The NESTLÉ Cocoa Plan partners with cocoa farmers to help educate them; this training helps reduce cocoa diseases, boost crop yield and improve bean quality.

Original Nestle's(R) Semi-Sweet Chocolate

The number of higher-yielding cocoa plants the NESTLÉ Cocoa Plan grew & distributed to cocoa farmers in 2015

Original Nestle's(R) Semi-Sweet Chocolate

The number of cocoa farmers who’ve learned how to boost their crop yield with the knowledge they’ve gained at field schools sponsored by the NESTLÉ Cocoa Plan.

Where does the cocoa grow?

What do these countries have in common? They're close to the equator and have plenty of rainfall—the perfect conditions for growing cacao trees.

Map of countries that produce cocoa

Building communities

When everyone works together to ensure responsibly sourced, quality cocoa, we can help farmers and their families live richer lives. The NESTLÉ Cocoa Plan helps support this by building schools to support education and improving the social conditions of the communities. So far, 541 communities have been positively affected.

Group of cocoa farmers

Continuing the journey

Today NESTLÉ purchases enough responsibly sourced cocoa to produce the majority of our TOLL HOUSE products. So, let's roll up our sleeves, break out the mixing bowls and get baking.