Evil Fortune Cookies Be The Host With The Most

[01/11/10] 

Did you know that the fortune cookies so popular in Chinese restaurants in the United States were actually invented by the Japanese? Although hotly debated even now, all evidence indicates the first cookies were created by Makoto Hagiwara of the city's Golden Gate Park's Japanese Tea Garden, based on traditional Japanese temple cookies which also boast “fortunes” inside. Despite the idea that these cookies were “Chinese”, Hong Kong companies which tried to sell them in the Mainland in the 1990s found they were considered 'too American'.

Now you can turn your own home into a Chinese restaurant (perhaps give it a name like Flying Jade Dragon Emperor Horse Takeaway) with evil fortune cookies by Cookie Misfortune, which offer considerably less PC fortunes than their US brethren.

With fortunes varying from rude to vulgar, they're a fun way to end a dinner party and get the last laugh with your mates. Favourites include "don't eat any Chinese food this week or you'll be very sick," and "evil gnomes will kill you". They also make a great joke if you donate them anonymously as the real deal.

So be careful what you wish for.

Cookie Misfortune Evil Fortune Cookies

US$9 for a pack of 10
Available at Think Geek: www.thinkgeek.com

Nuts & Bolts
Fortune cookies for fortunate adults


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