Today at work, we were dividing the box of fortune cookies into smaller bags so it's easier to grab them when we need to restock in front at the register. Then my little cousin, Mae, wondered where and how the origin of the fortune cookie came about. I assumed it was some kind of old Chinese tradition, but after doing a little bit of research, I found that it was nothing I would have guessed.
Many of the sites I read all have the same story.. The actual origin of the fortune cookie is from California. Apparentely there's a big fight about whether it's actually from San Francisco or Los Angeles. Being a native Angeleno, you can take a wild guess of where I'm siding with... But either way, I'm glad it's from California!
If you're interested in more of the history, you can check out this page: Info Please: Fortune cookies