Fortune cookies have had a long history. Although associated with Chinese food, they’re surprisingly absent in China, and instead have their roots in Japanese tea gardens in San Francisco where they were known as Fortune Tea Cakes.
Fortune cookies moved from being a confection dominated by Japanese-Americans to one dominated by Chinese-Americans sometime around World War II. One theory for why this occurred is because of the Japanese American internment during World War II, which forcibly put over 100,000 Japanese-Americans in internment camps, including those who had produced fortune cookies. This gave an opportunity for Chinese manufacturers.
Editor Carla Gannis was kind enough to share 7 of her favorite fortune cookie messages from 2014, little pints of wisdom that inspire and encourage in tiny packets of flour, vanilla, sugar, and sesame seed oil. What were some of yours?