Were fortune cookies invented so everyone could have a ‘fortune’ ? If that were true, my friend, Kipp at the Rock Bottom blog would be fortune-less because his cookie had no fortune in it at all….very unfortunate.
The person who invented fortune cookies did so in 1918. David Jung was a Chinese immigrant who established the Los Angeles’s Hong Kong Noodle company. He watched people who were waiting for their order in Chinese restaurants and noticed how bored they were. (Fortune cookies were invented to relieve people’s boredom waiting for their Chinese food.)
This is where it gets real interesting. He hired a Presbyterian minister to put short bible messages in the first fortune cookies. I guess there weren’t enough people liking a scripture before their meal, so he employed the wife of one of his salesmen, Marie Raine, to become the Shakespeare of fortune cookies. She wrote thousands of classics such as, “Your feet shall walk upon a plush carpet of contentment.” Maybe you thought it was Confucius that they quoted!
Today’s fortune cookies are served at the end of a meal. The reason for starting the cookies, became a fun end to a nice dinner out. Make your own fortune cookies! There is also a rebuttal to this story of baron Makoto Hagiwara bringing this cookie to the United States in the 1890’s. Taken from The Henry Holt Encyclopendia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson
What in the world do you think makes people really believe in a fortune and Lotto numbers shoved into a small cookie?