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Do you eat fortune cookies? Does anyone?

Just wondering after a guest took all of the fortune cookies after a recent meal.

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  1. I would if I ever had the opportunity to eat them. I don't normally buy them at the market, and I don't frequent restaurants that give them out "dessert".

    When my parents still had their restaurant, I used to snack on fortune cookies all the time. Almond cookies as well.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Chinese almond cookies made with lard are really tasty.

      1. re: Tripeler

        There are few things in life made with lard that are not tasty ...

        1. re: ipsedixit

          these are the cookies withthe the paper fortunes. Do people eat them or just open them for the fortunes?

          1. re: DaisyM

            Yes, I know what you were talking about. And, yes, I would eat them if I had them.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Yeah, I'd probably eat them if there weren't any Chinese almond cookies around.

        1. I break the cookie open and read the fortune, and then I eat half of it (the cookie, not the fortune).

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          1. re: small h

            Wow. And I thought I was the only one who did that.

            1. re: Perilagu Khan

              Do you have a reason? I don't, so if you do, I'd like to borrow yours.

              1. re: small h

                Confucious Say: is bad luck to eat entire thing, but if you eat none of it, none of the fortune will come true!

                  1. re: Chowrin

                    Nothing so transcendant, I'm afraid. Rather, after eating half of the cookie it again dawns on me how nasty they are. I then abandon the other half. Again and again. ;)

                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                      I dip my cookie in the deliciously artificially-red sweet & sour sauce. No sauce, no cookie eating for me. :)

                      Anyone else do this?

                      1. re: Midknight

                        Yup, Mr S and I do that. I like the tangy sauce with the sweet cookie.

                        When we order in food, we tend to get enough for few meals (another dinner, couple of lunches). Our order looks like it belongs to a big family, so we end up with A LOT of cookies. I should specify when I order to only send a couple of cookies, but I always forget.

                      2. re: Perilagu Khan

                        Ditto to what Perilagu Khan says! I always eat half and wonder why I just bothered wasting those calories.......

              2. I can't remember the last time I even picked up and cracked open one of those annoying faux-Chinois things let alone eat it.

                1. "Faux Chinois" or not, I love 'em. OF COURSE I eat 'em.

                  Sometimes I even save the fortune. Right now hanging on a cabinet in my kitchen is the world's worst fortune:

                  "Eat your vegetables and you'll grow up big and strong like Popeye"


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                  1. re: KitchenBarbarian

                    it's chinese american food, and fabulous too. they're great hot too!

                    1. re: KitchenBarbarian

                      I save the fortunes, too- especially the really stupid ones, since they never seem to have real fortunes in them any more. I put them in weird places at work.

                    2. There is a fortune cookie bakery (Tsue Chong) in town, so yes, we eat them, because they're generally fresh. Even better, stopping by the bakery and buying a bag of "misfortune cookies" that didn't get folded right. They're really good. If you see a rose on the fortune, eat up!

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                      1. re: Jeri L

                        Yes! I get these too (the seconds). Their small bags are so good, too, even the flavors that sound odd (in fact I had the mocha ones today). The factory is in Seattle, if anyone is

                        The only thing I don't like about their cookies is that the fortunes are rarely that. They are usually unsolicited advice.

                      2. it's tradition (in this household) to break the cookie in half, eat half, read the fortune and then eat the second half.

                        otherwise, rumor has it, you'll have bad luck coming your way!

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                        1. re: chartreauxx

                          Thank you for the procedure- I've been doing it wrong all these years, no wonder my fortunes are nonlucky.

                        2. I would if they are made fresh, or at least come from a famous bakery that specializes in them. Can't tell you how many times I've had ones from random Chinese restaurants that taste stale or have zero egg flavor and/or mass produced low quality kinds.

                          1. I like the flavor of them, so I'm actually more likely to eat the cookie and not read the fortune than the other way around.

                            1. When I get take-out, I always ask for a couple to enjoy. I don't even read the fortune, I just enjoy the cookie!

                              1. Whenever I order Chinese for our semi-monthly Friday lunches at work, almost all of the fortune cookies are taken and eaten by the participants.

                                1. Always. It's 25 crunchy, sweet calories. It's certainly no homemade nirvana, but it hits a certain (guilt-free) spot after lunch. Unless it's stale. Then it's pretty gross.

                                  1. I like the ones that are actual prepared in house which is rare these days. The ones that come in little cello packs taste spongy to me. When you're with a group, everyone is supposed to read their fortune out loud and add "in bed" at the end. It can make the end of dinner very amusing. Try it.

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                                    1. re: Bkeats

                                      Yes! Except we say "between the sheets"

                                      1. re: gembellina

                                        They also make X-rated ones for special occasions!

                                    2. I used to eat those cookies after reading the fortune but our local Chinese-American take away doesn't send them along with an order. When my daughter was about nine y/o she actually baked a dozen ... the recipe was in The Boston Globe that year. She even typed fortunes for the family and stuffed the paper inside. They were enormous but really cute for a family get together.

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                                      1. re: Gio

                                        I tried my hand at making them when I was about that age. I ended up with a lot of burnt cookies.

                                        1. They make a great doggie treat. Bruin, my avatar, just loves 'em. Once in a while his 'fortune' proves true.

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                                          1. re: mucho gordo

                                            all three of our dogs enjoy them, especially the Shi Tzu. And yes, she'a also Chinese-American

                                            1. re: bagelman01

                                              Interesting, how Americans like to equate Chinese = dogs.

                                              1. re: bagelman01

                                                Does it change his/their bark? ;-)

                                                1. re: bagelman01

                                                  For our dogs Chinese take out means they score white rice and a fortune cookie. They don't even bother reading the fortunes.

                                                  1. re: DaisyM

                                                    I have it on good authority that the fortunes do not apply to dogs.

                                                  2. re: bagelman01

                                                    Our Siamese cats went hysterical when we had Chinese food delivered. They scared the delivery person every time with their yowling. If it had any kind of Chinese sauce on it, they would gobble whole baby corn and broccoli florets. They weren't actually Chinese, but I always wondered if it was sort of genetic? No fortune cookies though, but I never tried putting sauce on those.

                                                    1. re: coll

                                                      Our current cat has a mania for Chinese boneless spareribs, to the point where she will actually ram people out of the way in order to get to them, and will not permit me to put the takeout container in the sink or garbadge until she has had her chance to go up to it and "take her share". I always assumed it was simply that they were warm greasy bits of meat, but her ardor for those is unusually pronounced (she will in fact steal many kind of food of tables or plates if you are not careful, but her tendency to brazenly push people out of the way appears unique to spareribs) so I have to assume there is somthing in Char Sui sauce she finds unusually tasty. Maybe she likes the sweetness ( though I seem to recall some article I read that said cats can't taste sweetness).

                                                      1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                        I know, I was thinking MSG? But it was the smell, before the food even got unpacked, so who knows.

                                                        1. re: coll

                                                          The smell could indeed be a part of it. While she will be agressive with any places boneless, she does have her preferences with regards to where the ribs come from. Luckily (or unluckily), her preferences are pretty much the same as mine. Her (and my favortie) places is noticable for really sticky ribs, that have a fair amount of rather floral honey in the sauce. Maybe that's what she smells, the floral notes of the honey.

                                                2. Yes I eat fortune cookies... in bed.

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                                                  1. re: dave_c

                                                    LOL! I hate that stupid game, but your post was perfect.

                                                  2. Yes. The fresh ones go very well with milk.

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                                                    1. re: raytamsgv

                                                      I think the cookie goes well with the tea you're served in the restaurant. I generally don't drink the tea until I'm near the end of the meal so the fortune cookie works out well for me.

                                                      1. re: Feed_me

                                                        Yes - I like it with my tea as well. I always make sure I have a cup or two of tea left so I can savor tea and cookies!

                                                      2. Mmm... Cookies... Whenever I go to San Francisco I go to the fortune cookie factory and get enough to fill my suitcase. When I get home I put them in air tight containers so I'll have delicious cookies for the next 2 months. :-)

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                                                        1. re: surfer1966

                                                          I only rarely do, due to the fact that, in our family, the superstition is that eating the cookie is what causes the fortune to come true, and I'm paranoid enough to be able to see something dark or worrying in nearly all of the ones I get.

                                                          My faorite was the cookie one of my family got that said" You Love Mexican food" (at least the "You love Chinese food" makes a little sense, given where you are) Someone I used to know claims they got one with a typo that said "You loathe Chinese food"

                                                          1. re: surfer1966

                                                            oooooh.... I'm getting ready for my first ever trip to San Francisco next month. I don't think I can handle a suitcase full, but fortune cookies sound like a great eatable souvenir.

                                                            1. re: mpjmph

                                                              Get a bunch of almond cookies too. They are alot better than store bought ones.

                                                            2. re: surfer1966

                                                              "Help! I'm being held prisoner in a Chinese fortune cookie factory..."

                                                              1. re: gembellina

                                                                It's better than a poke in the eye and you won't starve. ;-)

                                                            3. Of course! Your fortune won't come true if you don't eat the cookie.

                                                              1. When I make green tea ice cream I crush a handful of fortune cookies and add them in for the crunch.

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                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                  Oh- a perfect storm of wonderfulness in my mind

                                                                2. Yes, I do. I like the texture and subtle sweetness. I also usually buy a lottery ticket with the numbers on the fortune. I only get Chinese w/fortune cookies a few times a year, so it's a fun treat.

                                                                  1. I'll have one once in a while now, but when I was a kid my grandparents often took me to a local Chinese place that served fortune cookies with a scoop of ice cream as dessert for the kiddies. I would scoop up the ice cream with half a cookie. It was my "Chinese Ice Cream Cone".

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                                                                    1. re: iluvcookies

                                                                      When we get take out the dogs get prettyexcited. Theyknow theyare goign to get some white rice, which they adore...a little soup...and a fortune cookie. The ony fortune cookies Ive liked are served in a upscale chinese resta and they are served dipped in dark chocolate.

                                                                    2. I have a weird obsesson with fortune cookies.I love them. Usually the fortunes are stupid and trite, and rarely are they fortunes, even, any more. But once I got a fortune that said-

                                                                      "You will attend a party where strange customs prevail"

                                                                      I will spend the rest of my life looking for a fortune that's anywhere near that good. But I do eat my fortune cookies, and will eat the fortune cookies of my tablemates who don't like fortune cookies, they can get their so-called fortunes and give me the cookie to eat. I don't know why i like them so much.

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                                                                      1. re: EWSflash

                                                                        Yes, but the question is - did you ever attend a party where strange customs prevailed?

                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                          That IS the burning question of the hour...

                                                                          1. re: KitchenBarbarian

                                                                            I canot divulge that information, no matter how strange the customs were.

                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                I'd lose all hope of respect on this board if I divulged, sorry.

                                                                                1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                  That's assuming you have the respect of those on this board! ;)

                                                                        2. re: EWSflash

                                                                          While on a third date, I received a fortune that said:

                                                                          "You will marry the one you are with"

                                                                          We both laughed awkwardly, and shared the cookie, which wasn't very tasty.

                                                                          We were married a year later - 15 year ago. That small piece of paper now has a place of honour in our wedding album. Who knows how things would have worked out otherwise?

                                                                            1. re: michieme

                                                                              So sweet! And wonderful that you saved it!

                                                                                  1. re: michieme

                                                                                    I had one similar--my husband (bf at the time) had one that said, "You will marry your current lover and be happy." I don't think we ate the cookie and he's since lost the fortune but it's been 20 years.

                                                                                1. Every single time we get Chinese take out they throw a couple in the bag. After the meal, we crack open the cookies, compare fortunes, and eat the shells. Sometimes we even practice the Chinese on the back of the fortunes. We should be ready for that trip to China any day now.

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                                                                                  1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                    Just don't automatically expect fortune cookies with your meals when you do visit the place. :-)

                                                                                  2. I love the story that Jennifer 8. Lee opens her "Fortune Cookie Chronicles" with: a bunch of winners across the country all hit the mega lotto jackpot.
                                                                                    It turns out they had all played the same number sequence from their mass-produced fortune cookies.

                                                                                    1. I liked them as a kid, but I almost never eat them now. I don't think it's just that my tastes have changed; I think the recipes being used have changed.

                                                                                      I tend to avoid almond cookies, as well. When they are good, they can be spectacularly good, but, unfortunately, most of the time, the ones I end up tasting are really nasty.

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                                                                                      1. re: racer x

                                                                                        I think you're right, they're not generally as good as they used to be. I finish them anyway, as if the next bite will somehow restore a not-so-good fortune cookie to it's former glory...

                                                                                      2. Crushed up by hand and tossed a bowl with milk makes a nice cereal the next morning, sans the fortune.

                                                                                        1. I adore fortune cookies. You have reminded me to stop in and buy a few the next time I go grocery shopping. A darling little Chinese restaurant that sells them separately is right by one of the grocery stores I go to.

                                                                                          1. I used to always eat them, but the last 100 or so that I've bitten into have been stale, so it's been years since I finished one. They seemed to take a turn for the worse right about the time they started putting lottery numbers on the fortunes.

                                                                                            But, who would take "all of the fortune cookies" at a shared table? That's the weird part!!

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                                                                                            1. re: staughton

                                                                                              Welcome to my life....believe me, it just keeps getting weirder!

                                                                                              1. re: staughton

                                                                                                I would if my dining partners didn't want theirs

                                                                                                1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                  Actually, as I recall there was no discussion...just a mad grab for those cookies.

                                                                                              2. Not only do I eat fortune cookies, but my local 99 Ranch Market sells packs of "fortune cookies" that are still flat and don't have any fortunes! DEEEE-liscious!

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                                                                                                1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                  Mee Mee Bakery in San Francisco's Chinatown sells "defective" fortune cookies...they are delicious.

                                                                                                  1. re: gnomatic

                                                                                                    How are they defective? Three times inmy life I've gotten a fortune cookie with no fortune in it, which is frightening if you're the least bit superstitious.

                                                                                                    1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                      The defective ones are the ones that didn't get folded into the proper shape in time (they fold the cookies by hand). No two are alike (some are almost flat), and it's nice a surprise to find ones that have fortunes in them.

                                                                                                2. Do people get upset if they DON'T get fortune cookies at the end of a "Chinese" meal? Even in an "authentic" restaurant? Would they ding the place or downgrade the meal or the restaurant if it does not hand out fortune cookies?


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                                                                                                  1. re: huiray

                                                                                                    Although I don't really like fortune cookies, they are a quaint tradition I hope never dies.

                                                                                                  2. I love fortune cookies for the taste. They are one of my comfort foods. I don't read the fortunes anymore just alot of cookies. I live in ca there is an asian market every few blocks so easy to come by. Saw a recipe on tv one time never did make them yet but they sounded easy to make with few ingredients.

                                                                                                    1. Hell yeah! If it's there, I'm eating it :) lol. It's nostalgic as well

                                                                                                      1. I adore Fortune Cookies. I know the fortunes are absurd, but I rather enjoy the taste of the cookie, especially when dipped in tea (or coffee). I suppose this is equally idiotic, but I have even purchased them before, when I really had a taste for them... if you compare the price and ingredients (at least the version I found) it was actually better than buying generic-Keebler/American cookies.

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                                                                                                        1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                          for an american food, it is very chinese style.
                                                                                                          no shame in liking it.

                                                                                                          1. re: Chowrin

                                                                                                            I still eat them, but more from force of habit than anything else. Wouldn't go out of my way to buy them if they didn't provide a few of them in every bag of Chinese food I bring home. Not that they're terrible, but nothing at all special. And the fortunes are a joke. If they're to have any credibility at all, they have to slip a few bad ones in there like-- YOU'RE LOSING YOUR HOME IN 2 WEEKS or YOU HAVE JUST 3 DAYS TO LIVE.

                                                                                                            1. re: legsdiamond12

                                                                                                              Or, "This Mom n' Pop Will Be Replaced by a Rancid Super Buffet."

                                                                                                              1. re: legsdiamond12

                                                                                                                "Bad Luck and Extreme Misfortune Will Infest Your Pathetic Soul For All Eternity" (Cartoon Reference)

                                                                                                                1. re: legsdiamond12

                                                                                                                  ahh legs... Im sorry. Very scary love

                                                                                                              2. Fortune cookies have become advice cookies, down to the lottery number suggestions on back. Has anyone ever played those numbers? We don't even open them anymore. I feel bad but we throw them in the trash.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: chowser

                                                                                                                    You get used to throwing them away. I make my own luck. Good or bad. <=_=>

                                                                                                                  2. Yes, but the "lucky numbers" on the back, seldom are - however, maybe if I played the Singapore Lottery, I would feel differently.


                                                                                                                    1. I take one small bite, otherwise the fortune doesn't count.

                                                                                                                      1. It sure would be great to have fortune cookies that contained bills of real money, folded up small. While $1 would be standard, $5, $10 and $20 could be rarer alternates. Imagine getting one with a $100 bill in it -- would make a great party favor for a rich person's party.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                          What a terrific idea. That would make a great party. Like instead of a money tree. How about registry gist. Well you get the idea

                                                                                                                          There is woman i saw two days on tv that has a business of extraordinarily large fortune cookie's. she got so popular they now come with sprinkles or whatever you want.

                                                                                                                        2. Yes, unless they're stale. Once found one that seemed to have been flavored with orange, which was from - I'm not making this up, folks - the Ha Ha Fortune Cookie Company of Brooklyn, NY. Never found anything from them since, but the name and the taste were singular.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: lemons

                                                                                                                            I recall subtly orange-flavored ones from years ago. They were very good.

                                                                                                                            1. re: lemons

                                                                                                                              I found one that had been buried with the terra cotta warriors in western China in the sixth century B.C.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                And it was painted too, in vivid colors! ;-)

                                                                                                                                although not really western China and etc....

                                                                                                                                1. re: RUK

                                                                                                                                  Someone I work with got a fortune cookie the other day, opened it up, and read, "Ooops! Wrong cookie!" Not quite as daring as "You're going to lose your house in 3 weeks," but, considering the usual quality of fortune cookie fortunes, I thought it was a bit inspired, original and memorable.

                                                                                                                            2. I eat the fortune cookies if they're fresh. I had a dog who was nuts about them. He wasn't much of a beggar, but he would be all aquiver when there were fortune cookies to be had.

                                                                                                                              1. It seems the Asian Food Market in Marlboro NJ sells Fortune Cookies in good size packages. Right next to some delicious Mooncakes. ( Those are not visible here)

                                                                                                                                1. Funny they end up in the kitchen drawer with various condiment packets, and after a time get tossed.

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