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National Fortune Cookie Day

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Celebrate National Fortune Cookie Day on July 20th with your friends and family! This fun holiday has been around since the early 1900s when they first appeared in Chinese restaurants across America. We all know that fortune cookies are delicious treats, but did you know that they can contain fortunes ranging from good luck to advice? Enjoy this special day by eating some fortune cookies and learning what your future holds!

History of National Fortune Cookie Day

National Fortune Cookie Day Dates

National Fortune Cookie Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1890s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origins of Fortune Cookies</div><div class='timeline-text'>Fortune cookies, originally called "fortune tea cakes", were believed to be introduced by Japanese immigrants in California.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1915</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>California's World Fair</div><div class='timeline-text'>At the World Fair in San Francisco, CA, fortune cookies were served in a Japanese Tea Garden, increasing their popularity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1918</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Commercial Production Begins</div><div class='timeline-text'>David Jung, founder of Hong Kong Noodle Company, purportedly started the mass production of fortune cookies in Los Angeles.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1960s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Automated Production</div><div class='timeline-text'>The process of making fortune cookies became automated, thanks to Edward Louie of the Lotus Fortune Cookie Company, catapulting its mass production capacity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Fortune Cookie in Pop Culture</div><div class='timeline-text'>Fortune cookies became a part of American pop culture, being featured in multiple TV shows, movies and literature, further increasing their popularity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Fortune Cookie Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Though the exact origin and date is unclear, by the 1990s, July 20th has been widely recognized and celebrated as National Fortune Cookie Day.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Fortune Cookie Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make your own fortune cookies</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Making your own fortune cookies is surprisingly easy. All you need is some sugar, butter, water, flour, vanilla and eggs. Mix the dough, form into circles, bake, add fortunes, and mold into cookie shapes!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go out for fortune cookies</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check out your local Chinese takeout restaurant or bakery and enjoy some delicious fortune cookies. Not only will you get to savor the sweet treat but also find out what the future holds.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a Fortune Cookie Exchange</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends over for a fun night of exchanging fortune cookies. Have each guest bring a pack of fortune cookies and exchange with each other. It’s a unique way to celebrate the day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make DIY Fortune Cookies</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Create your own fortunes using construction paper and tape them onto store bought fortune cookies. This is a fun activity that can be done with kids or family.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Send Fortune Cookie Grams</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Put together goodie bags with mini packages of fortune cookies and write special messages to loved ones. Send these out in the mail or hand deliver them to spread the cheer.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Fortune Cookie Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Fortune cookies are fun</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From cracking them open to see what awesome prediction you got, to sharing them with loved ones and friends, fortune cookies never cease to charm. Even if the fortunes themselves aren’t accurate or insightful, it’s just plain enjoyable finding out and laughing over the randomness of what you got inside!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>They can be a source of inspiration</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Though most of the messages are quite generic, sometimes you might get a piece of advice or an inspirational quote that actually encourages you to make changes in your life. They can even remind you to stay positive when faced with challenges or difficult decisions.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>They're tasty treats</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>No matter how many times we munch on these crunchy delights, we never tire of their sweetness. Fortune cookies come in several different flavors - everything from traditional vanilla to innovative flavors like green tea and chocolate. So no matter your taste preference, you'll find something delicious!</p></div></div>

Unraveling 5 Unforeseen Fortune Cookie Facts

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Fortune Cookies are Not Traditionally Chinese</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite being a ubiquitous part of American Chinese restaurant culture, fortune cookies are thought to have actually originated in Japan.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Fortune Cookies in Space</h3><p class='facts-content'>A fortune cookie was taken to space by astronaut Ilan Ramon onboard Space Shuttle Columbia mission STS-107 in 2003, making it one of the first 'space cookies'.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Massive Fortune Cookie Production</h3><p class='facts-content'>One of the largest manufacturers of fortune cookies, Wonton Food Inc., produces approximately 5 million cookies every day, totalling over a billion cookies annually.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Fortune Cookies Can Be Collectors' Items</h3><p class='facts-content'>Some people collect fortunes found in fortune cookies just like some do with baseball cards or stamps. This hobby is known as "fortunomancy."</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Largest Fortune Cookie Ever Made</h3><p class='facts-content'>The largest fortune cookie ever made was over 7 feet in diameter and weighed over 800 pounds, created by the Tsue Chong Company in Seattle, in 2005.</p></div></div>

National Fortune Cookie Day FAQs

When is National Fortune Cookie Day?

National Fortune Cookie Day is celebrated on July 20 every year. In 2024 National Fortune Cookie Day will occur on a Saturday.

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