It's hard to believe that the chocolate chip cookie is less than a hundred years old. (Some commenters really don't believe it.) But in its seventy-odd years of history, it's come an awfully long way.
Cakespy has an illustrated timeline of the chocolate chipper, including such landmark events as the launch of Chips Ahoy (1963), Cookie Crisp (1977), and refrigerated cookie dough (1980), and the opening of City Bakery (1990).
Biggest surprise for me: Cookie dough ice cream didn't appear until the '90s? I'd definitely projected it much farther back into my childhood.