Fortune cookies are iconic snacks from the Asian culture. They are crunchy and every piece has a surprise fortune inside. You might wonder about its history or about a few informational tidbits. Here is a list of amazing fortune cookies fun facts. You can use these as they are excellent conversation starters. It also doesn’t hurt to know more about these cookies.
Fortune cookies come from Japan and not China
Contrary to popular belief, fortune cookies actually came from Japan. There are numerous historical records and evidence that indicate these cookies were invented in Japan. As a matter of fact, there are no files that say they came from China. It is only in the modern times that these cookies made its way to different Asian countries, hence the misconception.
The original fortune cookies were also constructed differently from the modern ones. The old fortune cookies were made of sesame oil. They were browner and bigger than the modern version. Additionally, they were served with orange wedges in order to have a varied flavor. Lastly, the fortune was pinched at the exterior of the cookies. This was to prevent people from accidentally eating the paper.
The fortune cookie machine was first invented in 1964
All of the cookies were made by hand. The machine was only invented in 1964. It was invented by Edward Louie, who was the owner of the Lotus Fortune Cookie company located in San Francisco. This invention was revolutionary as it paved the way for the effortless mass-production of fortune cookies. The fully automated machine was invented in 1980 by Young Lee.
There are only 15,000 unique fortune cookies and they sometimes hit the jackpot
The world’s largest producer of fortune cookies is Wonton Food. They have 15,000 unique fortunes in their database. That means that they manufacture absurd amounts of cookies per day.
They were instances that these fortunes made sense. There are a lot of lottery winners who used the numbers in their fortune cookies. This was such a frequent occurrence that it even opened an investigation because the odds were too good to be true.
There are 4 million cookies manufactured per day
This number is given by Boston Globe’s research. There are about three billion fortune cookies manufactured annually. It is even said that fortune cookies are as popular as baseball, apple pie, or hotdogs. Even if it has an Asian origin, it is still well-known in western areas. Because of this, they were even used as a marketing tool. Some big companies like Apple, Motorola, Starbucks, and FedEx use fortune cookies to market their brand.
Who writes the fortunes?
Some companies hire freelancers to generate fortune cookie content. The demand is so great that writing even started out as a family business. The previous vice president of Wonton Food named Donald Lau is responsible for writing a lot of the fortunes. The inspiration is mainly silly or light-hearted events in his life.