fortune cookie


  • [9] The machine allowed for mass production of fortune cookies which subsequently allowed the cookies to drop in price to become the novelty and courtesy dessert many Americans
    are familiar with after their meals at most Chinese restaurants today.

  • History As far back as the 19th century, a cookie very similar in appearance to the modern fortune cookie was made in Kyoto, Japan; and there is a Japanese temple tradition
    of random fortunes, called omikuji.

  • [15] Wonton Food attempted to expand its fortune cookie business into China in 1992, but gave up after fortune cookies were considered “too American”.

  • [2] Unusual negative aphorism found in a fortune cookie Fortune cookies before the early 20th century were all made by hand.

  • [8] Up to around World War II, fortune cookies were known as “fortune tea cakes”—likely reflecting their origins in Japanese tea cakes.

  • The message inside may also include a Chinese phrase with translation and/or a list of lucky numbers used by some as lottery numbers.

  • [10] Marketing The message inside may include a list of lucky numbers used by some as lottery numbers; since relatively few distinct messages are printed, in the recorded
    case where winning numbers happened to be printed, the lottery had an unexpectedly high number of winners sharing a prize.

  • [2] Fortune cookies moved from being a confection dominated by Japanese-Americans to one dominated by Chinese-Americans sometime around World War II.

  • Fortune cookies are often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants in the United States, Canada and other countries, but they are not Chinese in origin.

  • [20] Translations of the name Globally, the cookies are generally called by the English term fortune cookies, being American in origin.

  • Today, most cookies are produced in the United States with the biggest factory located in Brooklyn.

  • There is no single accepted Chinese name for the cookies, with a large variety of translations being used to describe them in the Chinese language, all of which being more-or-less
    literal translations of the English “fortune cookie”.

  • Kito claims to have gotten the idea of putting a message in a cookie from Omikuji (fortune slip) which are sold at temples and shrines in Japan.

  • The exact origin of fortune cookies is unclear, though various immigrant groups in California claim to have popularized them in the early 20th century.

  • [citation needed] There are also multi-cultural versions of the fortune cookie.

  • They most likely originated from cookies made by Japanese immigrants to the United States in the late 19th or early 20th century.

  • There are other smaller, local manufacturers including Tsue Chong Co. in Seattle, Keefer Court Food in Minneapolis, Sunrise Fortune Cookie in Philadelphia, and Golden Gate
    Fortune Cookie Factory in San Francisco.

  • [3] Makoto Hagiwara of Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco is reported to have been the first person in the U.S. to have served the modern version of the
    cookie when he did so at the tea garden in the 1890s or early 1900s.


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