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6 Sweet Facts About Cookies For Children

Every kid can make a long list of things they like about cookies. Some may describe the delicious aroma that fills the house when delicious treats are baking in the oven. Others may come up with a long list of their favorites, like chocolate chip, sugar snaps, or vanilla wafers. For lots of children, certain types are associated with holidays and special occasions. Always a popular dessert, they are especially fun for kids to buy from bakeries that offer a huge selection of gourmet varieties. It's even fun to read books about cookiesFor kids who love them, here are some fun cookie facts to share next time they are snacking on their favorite baked treat.

 

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Sweet Cookie Facts

Everything kids want to know about best-selling varieties, extraordinary baking contests, and the story of how cookies have become one of the most beloved snacks for people all over the world. So next time you pour a glass of milk and serve up a plate of freshly baked treats, share some of this fascinating cookie trivia to sweeten up the conversation!

 

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Chocolate chip cookies are the most common homemade variety.

According to surveys, more than half of the cookies baked at home are chocolate chip. Most of the ingredients for called for in chocolate chip recipes are staples in the kitchen, so many times a fresh batch can be whipped together without a trip to the grocery store. We have a woman named Ruth Graves Wakefield to thank for chocolate chip cookies- the result of a happy accident that occurred in her kitchen in the 1930s. This famous American baker was known for experimenting with her recipes, which is exactly what she did when she ran out of cocoa powder. Substituting chunks of semi-sweet chocolate into the batter seemed like a good solution. Much to her surprise, the morsels did not dissolve into the mixture. Rather, they retained their form for the most part, albeit in a delicious melted state. And that unexpected outcome turned into the best thing that ever happened to the cookie industry!

 

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Baking cookies burns calories.

While it's a stretch to argue that baking is equivalent to exercise, popular fitness apps have reported that one can burn 168 to 348 calories per hour spent baking in the kitchen. Some have even claimed that baking a batch of cookies burns as many calories as an hour of yoga. Keep in mind that this measurement is assuming that bakers engage their upper bodies for an extensive period of time mixing ingredients and kneading dough without the assistance of electric mixes and other appliances.. Aside from the physical benefits of standing and moving, there are psychological benefits to baking as well. Taking time to make a cookie recipe with kids gives them a break from screen time and other stressors in their lives.

 

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There is a world record for the most cookies baked in one hour.  

 Now, this a baking contest that will satisfy the sugar cravings of a huge audience. In 2017, the owners of Hassett's Bakery in Carrigaline, a small Irish town, set their sites on breaking a Guinness World Record by doing what they do best- baking cookies!  Along with the help of the townspeople and attendees of the Irish Redhead Convention, they baked  a whopping 4,695 cookies from start to finish in just sixty minutes. The largest batch of Ginger Nut Biscuits was served to a generous group who gathered to snack on sweets and raise money for cancer research. This record, set in July 2013, was short-lived due to the efforts of an ambitious baker named Frank Squeo. With his leadership, an organization based in New York, called Baking Memories 4 Kids, beat the record by baking 6,018 cookies in one hour. Think about that number next time you set out to bake cookies with your kids for bake sales and holiday cookie exchanges!

 

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Americans love their cookies.

Some statistics circulating about cookie consumption indicate that the entire country consumes about 2 billion cookies annually. This equates to about 300 cookies per person per year. Over the course of a lifetime, this likely means the average person consumes in excess of 30,000 cookies! And while people may be doing their best to satisfy cravings through healthier choices, surveys indicate that up to 95% of American households purchase and consume cookies every year. More than 50% of people prefer homemade cookies over store bought packages, but the convenience of pre-made cookies is a selling point. In fact, more than 251 Americans consume ready-to-eat cookies purchased from grocery stores or bakeries every year.

 

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Animal Crackers were the first mass-produced cookie.

 In 1902, Nabisco began the commercial manufacturing and distribution of this popular cookie that still maintains a strong position on grocery store shelves. Despite being named a cracker, these small, animal-shaped treats fall into the cookie category due to their sweet taste. The origin of these snacks can be traced back to the 1800s in England when less-sweet animal biscuits were a popular snack. Cookie historians have counted as many as 54 different animals that have been part of these boxed treats, but the current count is 17. Kids a lot of fun identifying each of the animals ( tigers, cougars, camels, rhinoceroses, kangaroos, hippopotamuses, bison, lions, hyenas, zebras, elephants, sheep, bears, gorillas, monkeys, seals, and giraffes) as they playfully bite of the heads, tails, ears and other body parts. Current statistics indicate 40 million boxes are sold across 17 countries every year, indicating this cookie staple is as popular as ever!

 

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Oreos are one of the best-selling cookies ever. 

Approximately 60 billion Oreos are sold every year, and 20 billion of those are enjoyed by people in the US. The origins of the Oreo can be traced back to 1912 when the first version was introduced and sold by National Biscuit Company, or as we know it today, Na-Bis-Co! It was clearly a hit since about 500 billion cookies have been sold since its inception. The Oreo is the best-selling cookie in the world with distribution in over 100 different countries. You will be surprised to learn that there have been 85 varieties of Oreos to hit the shelves over the lifetime of this cookie. The original Oreo, consisting of two chocolate wafers and a thin layer of cream, has always been the best-selling version. 

 

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