When the bill arrived at my family’s favorite Chinese restaurant, there would be a tiny pile of wrapped fortune cookies on top. My brothers and I would snatch them up, crack them open, then compare fortunes while we munched on the cookies. Often, we’d ponder how the makers of these crunchy treats managed to fit the tiny papers inside. We’d float around theories of origami trickery or conclude that they slip the papers through the folds after they’ve baked. Like many things in life, the answer to this mystery turned out to be much simpler.
The video below breaks down the life of a humble fortune cookie, revealing the secret to getting those cheeky paper fortunes inside the cookie. Enjoy the abundance of bad puns and awful/great elevator music: