Fortune cookies are considered Chinese, but are really as American as you can get. They were invented in Los Angeles in 1918 and were either made by David Jung, a Los Angeles noodle-maker or Seiichi Koto, a Los Angeles restaurant owner. Even now, the largest manufacturer of fortune cookies is not in China, but headquartered in Brooklyn, New York (Wonton Food Inc.).
Donald Lau, the vice predisent of Wonton Food was responsible for writing the cookie’s fortunes that you read. Now, there is a database of about 15,000 fortunes. 4.5 million fortunes are delivered to diners worldwide every single day, most of which are consumed here in the United States, not China.