Fortune (or fortune) biscuits: origin and where to buy them

Fortune (or fortune) biscuits: origin and where to buy them

Who doesn’t know the famous fortune biscuits? We’ve all seen the main characters in films opening the famous fortune biscuits… or Fortune Cookies, as they are also known. The little crunchy biscuits that have a roll of paper inside with positive phrases, famous Chinese proverbs or numbers that give you a clue as to how your luck will turn out in the future.

Many people collect the messages that appear inside the biscuits, and there are even pages and forums specialised in the exchange of messages. It is also often said that you have won the lottery by playing the numbers that appeared in the message of one of them.

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History and origins of fortune biscuits

There is a rumour that they were invented in China, but today these rumours are considered to be completely false. Fortune biscuits are considered to be an American item, more precisely they originate from San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Many people still believe that fortune biscuits originated in China or Japan, but the reality is that they were introduced in Asian countries only a few years ago. The main reason fortune biscuits ended up in China is simply to please tourists visiting oriental restaurants in major Asian cities, such as Hong Kong.

Fortune biscuits began to be handmade in the early 20th century, but over the years and as the industry grew in different countries, it underwent a dramatic change. Thus, an American man invented a machine for the mass production of these biscuits, which also inserted the message and shaped the biscuits automatically. From that moment on, they became a typical after-dinner dessert in oriental restaurants and began to be marketed until they became world famous. They have become an iconic symbol in American culture and have produced many products. Such as fortune biscuit jewellery, fortune biscuit type mysterious prophecy ball, etc.

Many of you must be wondering who is in charge of selecting the messages so that each year they are different and you don’t end up with the same phrases every year, right? Well, there are several American factories that are in charge of making the messages that we are going to get inside the biscuits. And of course, the staff of these factories renew them every year so that the “fortunes” keep changing.

Although most people do not take what is written on the note seriously, there are still many people who believe that eating these biscuits will bring them good luck for their near future. Finally, here are some examples of phrases and messages inserted in some of them:

“Trust in time, it tends to provide a sweet way out of bitter difficulties.”

“The fortune is in you, not in the biscuit.”

“If you fall down 7 times, get up 8 times.”

“Happiness is a daily decision.”

“Listen to the wisdom of the elders.”


Nutritional Information

They are mainly made with flour, vanilla, sugar and sesame seed oil. Although depending on the manufacturer, the products may vary and therefore the nutritional value as well.

Nutritional Information per 100 g:

  • Energy value : 1682 Kj/397Kcal.
  • Fat: 3.1g
  • Saturated fats: 0.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 84.5g
  • Sugars: 38.9g
  • Protein: 5.9g
  • Salt: 0.1g


Recipe: how to cook them