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Cakespy: Homemade Fortune Cookies

Fortune cookies are so bossy, always telling you what the future holds, often in a weird and enigmatic way. But with National Fortune Cookie Day coming up on July 20th, there's a sweeter option. Choose your own destiny by baking your own fortune cookies: this way, you can stuff them with any kind of fortunes you want. More

Cooking with Kids: Funny Fortunes

©iStockphoto.com/YinYang Did you know you can commission custom fortune cookies for a gag gift or fundraiser? My friend’s son’s elementary school did it. Who do you think can write better fortunes, professional cookie scribes or a bunch of kids? If you guessed “a bunch of kids,” you’re right. Here are some actual fortunes they wrote. A big whale falls from the sky and squashed you until you’re pretty much dead. Not completely dead, but pretty much. I hate it when that happens, but it’s nothing compared to this debacle: In five minutes, you will be attacked by a pear. It will eat you because you were going to eat it. In the immortal words of Shakespeare: Exit, pursued by... More

In Videos: Fortune Cookies Not Found in China?

This is not an act. Random people in China did not know about the fortune cookie's existence. While researching for her book The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, Jennifer 8. Lee educated them that yes, there is paper inside, but you should just eat the cookie part. She had to bring the treats over from Wonton Food, a distributor in the U.S., because the cookies are not readily available in China. Overall, the newly-educated citizens seem pretty pleased.... More

Fortune Cookies: Made in Japan? Like Pizza? Your Weirdest Fortune?

Photograph from iStockphoto.com Who would have thunk it? According to an extraordinary story in the New York Times by Jennifer 8. Lee, fortune cookies are more like Toyotas than Fords. That is, they originated near Kyoto, Japan, not in America's Chinatowns—and certainly not in China. So many questions abound. Who discovered this? And, to paraphrase a lyric from a Talking Heads song, "You may ask yourself, 'How did they get here?'" And, why are fortune cookies like pizza? The answers after the jump:... More

Bad Luck Fortune Cookies

Photograph from iStockphoto.com Hope you enjoyed your General Tso's chicken, because your fortune is about to take a turn for the worse: “Today is a disastrous day. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” reads one fortune showing up around the country.“It’s over your head now. Time to get some professional help,” advises another.As the messages, contained in cookies made by Wonton Food in Queens, have spread across the country, some diners have registered their reactions online. As a result, the company has a marketing challenge on its hands. I've not gotten one of these grim fortunes yet, but I have gotten plenty of those lame non-fortune fortunes. You know, like, "Have a nice day." I don't put much... More

Weird Fortune Cookie Collection

Out of all the times I've broken open a fortune cookie at the end of a meal, never had I ever come across a fortune worthy of being part of the Weird Fortune Cookie Collection. Why do I keep getting all those boring, unhelpful fortunes telling me that I will have good luck or happiness? Why can't I get ones filled with true wisdom, such as "Life is a wiggle," "You love Chinese food," or "Alas! The onion you are eating is someone else's water lilly"? I won't stop eating fortune cookies until I am blessed with one of these life-changing nuggets of wisdom.... More

Fortune Cookies, Made In Long Island Just Like Lindsay Lohan

Carolyn Nardiello of the NY Daily News tells us where fortune cookies come from: "The next time you eat Chinese food, chances are the fortune cookies that complete the meal began their journey in a nondescript building in Long Island City, Queens. Wonton Food pumps out 4.5 million of the crunchy, message-bearing treats every day from its 70-worker plant on 37th St., near Greenpoint Ave. It is the largest fortune cookie maker in the nation, with equipment rumbling around the clock." No, the fortunes aren't actually Chinese proverbs (the article says they're written by "moonlighting grad students"; yes, the lucky numbers are random and picked by computer (but they're printed on multiple fortunes, which makes for interesting lotteries); and no,... More

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