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THE HISTORY OF FORTUNE COOKIES

The History of Fortune Cookies

As fortune cookies featured in our Chinese New Year box last month, we wanted to give you more information about these cookies and the history behind them. You may only know these cookies from your local Chinese takeaway or supermarket but there is more to learn about them than you think!

The famous cookie’s origin is unknown, however it is said to have first came amount in San Francisco, America. Nobody knows who invented the iconic fortune cookie idea. Although certain people such as David Jung and Seiichi Koto claim to have created them – it is not known for sure.

The fortune cookies were named as ‘fortune tea cakes’ until World War 2. The ‘tea cake’ brand can relate back to the cookie’s Japanese history as these were traditionally consumed with tea. Unexpectedly, they didn’t come to China until 1989 and were commonly known for being ‘American cookies.’

Each year, 3 billion fortune cookies are made. The largest manufacturer is located in NYC by Wonton Food Inc who produce around 4.5 million cookies per day. They start as round cookies and are folded round the paper fortune whilst they are still soft. Here is a video to show exactly how they are made in bulk.

The vice president of Wonton Food writes most fortunes and has a database and limited number for each. This company has around 15,000 fortunes sent in the biscuits to ensure there is variety and aren’t the same.

We hope you have learned more about background of fortune cookies and enjoyed them in your box last month!

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5 Reasons to Buy an International Subscription Box

 

5 Reasons to Buy an International Subscription Box

As I’m sure we’re all aware, there’s a subscription box for almost everything out there these days, especially food: chocolate, cakes, chillies, herbs, honey, pasta, meat, cheese to name a few! But International subscription boxes – that is, boxes that provide items from different countries – bring something that little bit different: an experience of different cultures and traditions.

Countries around the world have their own traditions, popular flavours, textures and history attached to food, and a subscription box is a great way to experience some of these on a regular basis straight to your door!

That’s why we think The Biscuit Baron is an ideal choice – after all, who doesn’t love a biscuit? As Brits, we are a nation of biscuit lovers and what better way to experience different cultures than through a traditionally British element.

  1. Try New Things

Every country has their own flavours and textures they are accustomed to. Spain use aniseed, Bulgaria use almonds, Thailand like pineapple – and these flavours all are often translated into biscuits! Different from the usual flavourings used in the UK, these biscuits are still very tasty and a great way to try something new.

  1. Learn Something New

Each box from The Biscuit Baron contains a fact sheet with some fun facts on the country that month – information on the history, culture and traditions, as well as some information on the biscuits themselves! So not only are you getting a box of scrumptious biscuits, you’re also learning something you might not have known before!

  1. Great for Sharing

With a score card in each box letting you rate each biscuit on features such as “dunkability”, the boxes are great for sharing. Everyone has different preferences and favourites and so you’re sure to agree and disagree throughout! A great gift idea too, these biscuit boxes make a lovely change from your standard box of chocolates.

  1. Surprise Each Month

Each box is a surprise, with the country theme of each box kept secret before you receive it! Like a gift to yourself each month, the boxes bring a small sense of excitement – what will I receive this month? What new flavours will there be? Who can I share them with this month?

  1. Value for Money

We know at The Biscuit Baron that everyone wants value for money, that’s why we work hard to ensure our boxes bring you value. Consider what you spend on your weekly shop on biscuits and snacks… £2.50? £3? That’s up to £12 per month. Our boxes start at £13.33 per month including postage – with 5-8 full size packs of biscuits, and the added value of learning and trying new things, so we like to think we’re not priced too excessively!

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