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The Fortune Cookie The Unsuspected Sweet The fortune cookie A small hard crunchy semi-sweet and a wholly undesirable snack many would say But out of the many people that idly toss these pastries aside how many just dont realize the proportions to which it is entrenched in the world This stale dessert has a side to it that very few truly know and even fewer truly understand It can be said that fortune cookies have been one of the most interesting after dinner sweets ever been served First off there is no such thing as a Chinese Fortune Cookie Lee Oh sure thats what its called over here in the states but its an American invention The Japanese tea cookie was the original paper-bearing bit of crunchy goodness As the name implies this cookie was often eaten with tea It was not however eaten for any specific reason other than it tasted good to them anyway Supposedly eating sweets after a hefty meal helps settle the stomach but Im of the opinion some little kid said his stomach hurt when he couldnt eat any more peas then was magically cured when he had some ice cream No one exactly knows how it is that the Japanese tea cookie came to be a Chinese fortune cookie The fortune part is easy the 4 by 1 cm bits of useless drivel found in each folded sugar lump The name tea cookie isnt as attractive as the current name so they just could not have that Its the Japanese to Chinese that is the confusing part It was probably just an owner of a Chinese restaurant that thought it would get him better business if he gave fortune cookies It might even be possible that at the time that this certain restaurant owner thought that Americans would not know the difference between Japanese and Chinese Next how is this mind-boggling lump of organic sweetness
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