Americans eat more than 2 billion cookies each year. […]
Americans eat more than 2 billion cookies each year.
We love our sweets. The United States is the number one cookie maker and consumer in the world. It is estimated that the average person will eat 35,000 cookies in their lifetime.
Cookies have been around for a long time. The earliest known cookies date back to the 7th century in Persia (now Iran). They were one of the first countries to use and grow sugar. Luxurious cakes and pastries quickly rose to fame in the Persian Empire.
However, it will take some time for the cookies to reach the US.
The first mention of cookies in America was at a funeral in New York in 1703. During this period, the Dutch migrated to the United States in large numbers. They brought koeckjes, their biscuit version. These Dutch koeckjes were served at funerals, from where the cookies became popular in America.
How are the cookies made in the factory, you ask?
The invention of the assembly line changed the production landscape forever. It ushered in the era of mass production.
Henry Ford originally invented the assembly line for the production of automobiles. But other industries quickly caught up and adjusted their way, such as the food industry.
Now, cookies aren't just handmade. The cookie making machine can pump out thousands of loose cookies in a minute.
Step 1: Combine sugar, flour, cocoa, water, and other ingredients specific to specific cookies in a large bucket. Mix the batter until it thickens into a dough.
Step 2: Pour the dough on the shaper and press. This cookie making machine is responsible for shaping the dough into a traditional cookie shape.
Step 3: The cookies move down a conveyor belt to an industrial oven for baking.
Step 4: Fans cool cookies as they continue the line.
Step 5: Pack cookies into a container and seal package.
The entire process of baking and packaging cookies on an assembly line takes less than 90 minutes. About 3,000 cookies are produced per minute.