Fortune cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918, by Charles Jung.
Ruth Wakefield (June 17, 1903 – January 10, 1977) and her husband Kenneth owned a tourist lodge, the Toll House Inn, near Whitman, Massachusetts. Ruth cooked for her guests, and one of her favorite cookie recipes called for the use of baker’s chocolate. One day in 1937, Ruth found herself without the needed ingredient, so she substituted a semi-sweet chocolate bar cut up into bits, but unlike the baker’s chocolate the chopped up chocolate bar did not melt completely, the small pieces only softened. The guests liked these new cookies with chocolate “chips.” A few simple experiments led to her recipe for a chocolate chip cookie.
Ruth Wakefield sold her chocolate chip cookie recipe to Nestle for $1 and a lifetime supply of chocolate.
By weight, chocolate chip cookies contain more energy than TNT.
Nabisco’s “Oreo’s” are the world’s best-selling brand of cookie at a rate of 6 billion sold each year. The first Oreo was sold in 1912.
Wally Amos, the inventor of Famous Amos Cookies, was also the talent agent who discovered Simon & Garfunkel.
Bruce Willis once bought 12,000 girl-scout cookies for military service members in the Middle East.
The average American will eat about 35,000 cookies in their lifetime.