here's to baking a better world

We believe goodness begins with small acts of kindness. And that collectively, small acts of kindness can snowball into something powerful enough to make a real difference. Check out the sections below to see how we’re baking the world a better place.

We can all bake the world a better place

We believe that baking can change the world one person at a time. Because baking isn’t just about ingredients, ovens and recipes. It’s about inspiration, self-expression and that spark of passion that can nourish a soul. This belief is why baking has always been in our DNA, and why we will always strive to inspire and empower people like you who share our passion. Because together we can bake the world a better place.

Ingredients for Inspiration

One of our favorite things about baking is that it gives anyone, no matter their personal style or skill level, a way to express themselves. We’re inspired by the creativity of others and are always on the lookout for baking trends and hacks we can share with our friends. Of course, we love to add our own tips and tricks, which is why we’ve been innovating in the kitchen ever since Ruth Wakefield’s delicious discovery of the chocolate chip cookie in 1938. From classic favorites to trending and sophisticated flavors, scratch-made to quick hacks, we’re proud to come up with the kinds of products and recipes that inspire you to get creative and share a little goodness with those you care about.

Taste testing the cookie batter

Baking for better

We know that lasting change comes from our actions, not just our words. That’s why we’re leading by example. We’re committed to the NESTLÉ Cocoa Plan, which is helping improve the lives of cocoa farmers and the quality of their products.

To manifest our belief and purpose further, we’ll also soon open the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Kitchen in Chicago to prove baking is one the very best ways to do a little bit of good for someone. We sought out fellow visionaries who share our belief that each person can change the world, one small act of goodness at a time. So they too can join us in baking the world a better place.

Cocoa farmers

One Sweet Tale

For more than 75 years, we’ve been a part of bakers’ favorite recipes—and memories. You’ve trusted our quality ingredients to make your treats the best they can be, and in return, we’ve come up with some pretty delicious innovations to inspire the creations you share with those who mean the most to you. We’re excited about what the future holds and know that together with you, we’ll continue to bake the world a better place. Here’s 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. Such a simple way to bake some good, and we bet those heroes enjoyed every last bite.

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 type of cookie recipe may not have changed the world, but it made it easier than ever to bake some good, whether 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

Quicker Ways to Bake Some Good

Over the last few years, bakers have shared their recipes for quick treats for one (think cake in a cup). Inspired by these cravings for fast, single-serve desserts, we launched Frozen Cookie Dough in 2014. Made with wholesome, quality ingredients and conveniently portioned into single servings, our doughs give bakers a super-quick way to share a smile and bake some good, one cookie at a time.

Bakers have also been sharing #bakinghacks that save them time and add a little variety to their routines. So in 2016, we introduced our baking mixes. Each box contains a full cup of our morsels, along with the perfect starter mix for an endless number of treats. Cookies? Brownies? Waffles? Yes, yes and yes! Bakers can get creative and even add their own touch to dessert with these versatile mixes. And each mix is made with the kind of quality ingredients our baking friends expect from the NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE brand.

Cookies made from NESTLE TOLL HOUSE bag mixes NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Brownies and More Chocolate Baking Mix

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.