National Fortune Cookie Day
September 13th is National Fortune Cookie day. Do you know their American history? Fortune cookies became common in Chinese restaurants after World War II. Since desserts were not traditionally part of Chinese cuisine, the cookies provided Americans an after meal treat with an unusual flair.
Early fortunes included Biblical sayings, or quotes from Confucius, Aesop and even Ben Franklin. Later, fortunes included lottery numbers, smiley faces, jokes, and sage, if trivial advice.
Fortune cookies were originally made by hand using a chopstick. In 1964, Edward Louie of San Francisco’s Lotus Fortune Cookie Company, automated the process by creatinv a machine that folds the dough and slips in a fortune. Today, the world’s largest fortune cookie manufacturer, Wonton Food, Inc. of Long Island City, Queens ships out 60 million cookies a month.
What’s your favorite fortune cookie saying? Have you ever had a fortune come true?