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About Chinese Fortune Cookie Day

When is Fortune Cookie Day? This holiday is always observed on September 13

This is going to be your lucky day! Today is Chinese Fortune Cookie Day, a September 13 holiday. This day celebrates the creation of the Fortune Cookie. What a great cookie. A little slip of paper inside of it brings you good luck, a whimsical saying, or philosophical thought. We prefer the “good luck” fortunes. …we can use all the good luck we can get.

It’s pretty clear that the Fortune Cookie did not originate in China. Rather, it was invented in California. There appears to be some uncertainty over who invented it. Some historical references suggest it was Makoto Hagiwara who invented the fortune cookie at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco in 1914. Others believe that David Jung, founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company, was the first to make fortune cookies in Los Angeles in the 1920s.

To celebrate this day, go grab a handful of fortune cookies.  Or, get your fill online. Online cookies have no calories or carbs.

Fortune Cookie Trivia

  • Fortune cookies are not a creation of China.
  • They were first made in California.
  • It is believed they were created by Japanese immigrants to America in the late 1800s or early 1900s.
  • Fortune cookies evolved from Japanese cookies.
  • There are only four ingredients: flour, sugar, vanilla, and oil.
  • It is estimated that over 4 million fortune cookies are made each day.
  • Fortune cookies give positive, optimistic fortunes. People would not want them if they were pessimistic or foretold bad news. 
  • Fortune cookies get their shape after baking. Immediately and quickly after removing them from the oven, they are folded into a curved shape and a fortune is inserted while the cookie is still pliable.
  • Wonton Food Company is the largest manufacturer of fortune cookies. They have an inventory of 15,000 fortunes. 
  • It is somewhat of a tradition for friends to read the fortune out loud and add the words “in Bed” at the end of the fortune.  The resulting statement is often hilarious.
  • The fortune cookie-making machine was invented in 1964. Before this, they were made by hand.
  • Most fortune cookie manufacturers put lucky lottery numbers on the back of each fortune. And, the numbers have produced winners. 
  • Wonton Food Company allows you to pick the color of the cookie, and to order a customized fortune.

How to Participate in Fortune Cookie Day

Like other food holidays, participating in this holiday is easy and delicious.

  • Eat a fortune cookie. Read your fortune. Will it come true? only time will tell.
  • Give fortune cookies to family or friends.
  • Grab an online fortune cookie

Today's Quote

“Fortune favors the prepared mind.” – – Louis Pasteur

History and Origin of Fortune Cookie Day

We are not certain of the origin of this day. From our research, it most likely was created by someone who wanted to recognize and share the good feeling this cookie brings to people. Our extensive research did uncover lots of information about the origin of the fortune cookies (as described above).

Documentation for the date of this day is all over the map.  A large majority of sources declare Fortune Cookie Day as September 13th. We did find one reference to this day in April, June, July, and August.

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