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19 Surprising Facts About Chocolate Chip Cookies

Courtesy of The Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Book.

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3. Those cookies the Cookie Monster eats on Sesame Street are actually rice cakes with brown dots painted on.

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Real cookies would make the Muppet greasy, explains David Borgenicht in his book, Sesame Street Unpaved.

7. Chocolate chip cookies are among only four foods acceptable to even the pickiest of eaters.

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The other three are fried chicken, French fries and macaroni and cheese. [Get Spoon Fork Bacon's Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe — pictured above — here.]

8. The best-selling brand of chocolate chips is called Nestle Toll House after the Toll House restaurant where it was invented.

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A drawing of the restaurant is on the Nestle Toll House logo.

9. The Whitman, Mass., Wendy's built on the site of the old Toll House restaurant was once the only one in America that doubled as a museum, with historic photos and clippings about the Toll House lining the walls.

15. Baking up a batch of these cookies to make a house seem like a home is standard in a real estate agents' bag of tricks.

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Other non-traditional businesses that serve warm cookies: car repair shops, funeral homes and doctors who aren't all that hung up about nutrition.

Carolyn Wyman is the author of The Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Book.

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