TUCSON, Ariz. - Warm, gooey, fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies -- is there anything that can make you salivate more?
There may be a scientific reason for that.
Research suggests the ingredients in chocolate chip cookies not only create a perfectly harmonious flavor, but they also blend to create a perfectly addictive treat.
One of the main ingredients, sugar, is shown to induce cravings and trigger some of the same addictive responses as cocaine. Using a traditional recipe, each cookie could have about 2.5 teaspoons of sugar. Recipes could also include high-fat ingredients, such as butter. Of course, there is also the chocolate which contains small amounts of a compound that triggers the same parts of your brain as the addictive ingredient in marijuana, THC.
Beyond the science, there is also the emotional attachment. For many, the smell or sight of chocolate chip cookies can conjure up memories from a place or time long ago.