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10 Bite-Size Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Cookies

Chew on these. And then, chew on a SUBWAY® cookie for dessert.

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1. The word "cookie" comes from the Dutch word for "little cake."

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Whoa, man. Cookies, like, are little cakes. Meh, not really. But it is true that the word "cookie" comes from the Dutch word koekje, meaning "little cake." First used in 1703, "cookies" — we can all agree — are a way more appetizing word than "biscuit."

3. ...and chocolate chip cookies weren't even around until 1938.

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While often rumored to be an accidental creation, chocolate chip cookies actually came into existence deliberately. Says inventor Ruth Wakefield, "I was trying to give [everybody] something different. So I came up with the [chocolate chip] cookie."

4. The raisins in your oatmeal raisin cookie almost certainly come from California.

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Historically, the United States is the largest global exporter of those things you had hoped were chocolate chips. The California raisin industry alone produces all of the U.S. raisins, a third of which are exported to almost 50 countries around the world.

5. At least three states have tried to make chocolate chip their official state cookie.

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So far, only Massachusetts has succeeded, which makes sense because the cookie was invented there. But Wyoming and Pennsylvania have also tried to own it — the latter being a toss-up between oatmeal chocolate chip and boring sugar cookies.

6. The nuts in white chocolate macadamia cookies are named after a guy who had nothing to do with them...

Macadamia isn't a place; it's a genus of trees. And while Aboriginal Australians enjoyed them for thousands of years, the nuts earned their current label when a botanist named them after his friend, John Macadam, who never even tasted them.

7. ...and white chocolate isn't even real chocolate, FYI.

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Ever wonder why those who are allergic to chocolate can sometimes eat white chocolate? It's because, legally, it's not chocolate, as it doesn't "contain chocolate liqueur from the cocoa bean." Sorry, ~white confection coating~ — you're a phony.

8. There's a National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum in Joplin, Missouri.

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In 2004, the enigmatic National Cookie Cutters organization moved their wares to the Joplin Museum Complex. Ever since, thousands of visitors have pilgrimaged to Missouri to gaze at the curious collection — and also snag a free plastic cookie cutter.

9. A survey once found that 53% of Americans prefer chocolate chip.


Of the 1,033 adults polled, just over half chose chocolate chip. Peanut butter (16%), oatmeal (15%), sugar (11%), and "other" (5%) took up the rest, but most importantly, chocolate chip won "regardless of gender, politics, age, and regional differences."

10. The largest cookie ever weighed over 40,000 pounds.


It's true. On May 17, 2003 — after building an enormous oven and mixing countless batches of dough — Flat Rock, North Carolina, birthed the world's biggest cookie ever. Weighing 18 tons and covering 8,120 square feet, it was one tough cookie.