There’s nothing more pleasing than cracking open a fortune cookie after a delicious Chinese meal. But did you know that fortune cookies are actually not of Chinese origin? That’s right; contrary to popular belief, fortune cookies are an American invention. Let’s take a closer look at the mysterious history behind these beloved treats.
The Origin of Fortune Cookies
While it is believed that the fortune cookie originated in 19th-century Japan, there is no solid evidence to back up this claim. In fact, some say that American missionaries may have brought the fortune cookie idea over from Japan and then tweaked it slightly for the American palate. Another theory suggests that the first fortune cookie was created by a San Francisco baker named David Jung, who established Hong Kong Noodle Company in 1918 to serve his signature “Chinese noodles” and accompanying desserts. However, it wasn’t until 1983 when Charles Jung (David Jung’s son) patented the modern-style “hong kong style” fortune cookie as we know it today.
How Fortune Cookies are Made
Today, most fortune cookies are made using machines that cut dough into circles and imprint messages on them before folding them into their iconic shape. A baker can produce up to 200 cookies per minute using one of these machines! On average, each machine produces around 4500 fortunes per hour—which means you can find thousands of fortunes inside every box of store-bought cookies. Additionally, many companies specialize in customizing different fortunes for corporate events or special occasions such as weddings and birthdays.
The Popularity of Fortune Cookies Today
Fortune cookies have become so ingrained in our culture that they can now be found in television shows, movies, books, and even video games. Moreover, people love to share their funny or inspiring fortunes with friends via social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram! It’s safe to say that this small but mighty dessert has come a long way since its modest beginnings in 19th-century Japan (or wherever else it may have originated).
What are the most popular myths about fortune cookies?
There are a few popular myths about fortune cookies that have been circulating for centuries. For instance, many believe that the fortunes inside fortune cookies are ancient Chinese prophecies or predictions. This is not true. In fact, most of the messages printed on fortunes are generic quotes or life advice. A myth also suggests that the person who cracks open a fortune cookie will be granted their wish. Unfortunately, this is just another myth and has no basis in reality.
What are some of the most famous quotes found inside fortune cookies over the years?
Some of the most famous quotes and pieces of advice that have been found inside fortune cookies over the years include “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think,” and “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” Additionally, many people have found lucky numbers and other prizes inside their fortune cookies.
“It’s about time I got out of that cookie!”
Whether they began in Japan or elsewhere, one thing is sure—fortune cookies are an integral part of our lives today! Whenever you crack open a box of these delectable treats, remember to savor your fortune and share your favorite ones with friends! Who knows what tasty surprises await you next time you break open one of these mysterious little delicacies?
The Surprising Origins of the Fortune Cookie, history.com
The Big Apple: “It’s about time I got out of that cookie,” barrypopik.com