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Fortune Cookies (Grade 2)

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Fortune Cookies

Have you ever eaten a fortune cookie? A fortune cookie is a special type of cookie occasionally served with Chinese food and it has a special surprise hidden inside. Each fortune cookie contains a slip of paper that has a special fortune printed on it. The cookies are made in a special pocket-type shape which leaves the perfect space for the paper to fit inside.

Fortune cookies have a place in history. During the 14th century, a Taoist priest sent messages to Chinese rebels by hiding them inside moon cakes. In 19th and early 20th century America, Chinese railroad workers gave cakes filled with holiday messages to their friends during the holidays. But the modern-day fortune cookie was most likely created not by someone from China, but someone from Japan.

Makoto Hagiwara was a restaurant owner in San Francisco. He served fortune cookies with tea at his restaurant. To make the cookies, Hagiwara made a basic batter out of flour, sugar, eggs, and water. He would make the dough into circles, bake it, and add the fortune just before it cooled. Then he would quickly fold the cookie into its popular shape.

Today, fortune cookies are made by machines. Once the cookies are baked, vacuums suck the fortunes into the cookies before they are folded. The folding process traps the fortunes inside. Some machines even allow people to insert their own fortunes. They have used fortunes for marriage proposals, holiday greetings, and even funny messages.
Today, fortune cookies are usually made by hand.
  1. True
  2. False
When is the fortune inserted into the cookie?
  1. Before the cookie is baked
  2. Before the cookie is folded
  3. After the cookie is folded
  4. After the cookie is wrapped
What shape do fortune cookies start out as?
  1. circle
  2. triangle
  3. pocket
  4. sphere
What tool do machines use to put the fortunes in the cookies?
  1. Human hands
  2. Chopsticks
  3. Metal tongs
  4. Vacuums
In what city were fortune cookies likely invented?
  1. San Francisco
  2. Beijing
  3. China
  4. Japan

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