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Fortune cookies are usually in Chinese-American restaurants after a is completed, and the fortune cookie must be broken open to obtain the . The fortune cookie is a U.S. that is often thought to be from China. Fortune cookies are not known in the Chinese food . It wasn’t until the 1990s that the fortune cookies actually arrived in China. In 1993, New York-based Wonton Food Company began producing the in China. They were advertised as “Genuine American Fortune Cookies.”


Some historians think that the for fortune cookies come from the 14th century when Chinese slipped messages into mooncakes to help coordinate their overthrow of Mongolian invaders. The story goes that Chinese partriots sought from Mongolian leaders to honor the longevity of the Mongolian by giving gifts to friends and family. The gifts to be given out were round mooncakes. So the Chinese hid the containing "Revolt on the fifteenth of the eighth moon." These were the instructions to coordinate the which successfully formed the basis of the Ming Dynasty. It is also a Chinese when children are born for the families to send out cake rolls with a message inside announcing the birth of the child. However, it is a matter of as to where in America these cookies were first made.

One story says that Canton native David Jung, a Los Angeles , began making cookies with thin slips of paper inside sometime around 1920. Jung handed out these cookies, which contained words of , to the poor and homeless people on the streets. He later founded the Hong Kong Noodle Company and produced fortune cookies.

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