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Uncommon Knowledge: Who made the first fortune cookie?

The fortune cookie has a number of origin stories, but none of them start in China! One of the earliest dates back to Los Angeles baker David Jung, who distributed cookies stuffed with biblical passages to the homeless as early as 1918. What we do know for sure is that China didn’t actually get a taste of the fortune cookie until it came to the country in 1993, sold as “genuine American fortune cookies.”

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Written by Stephanie

Stephanie is a vagabond copywriter and design critic who has contributed work to some top-notch institutions, retailers, and publications, most recently The New York Times, MoMA, New York Magazine, the New Museum, and UncommonGoods—of course! When not pun-slinging and agonizing over picayune grammatical quandaries, she can be found sipping bourbon in Brooklyn with her husband and trying (unsuccessfully) to walk her very stubborn bagle hound, Ginger.

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