California's fortune cookies
Though they're a delightful crunchy treat after a meal at a Chinese restaurant, fortune cookies aren't actually a product of China at all. Their origin is still hotly disputed — in fact, San Francisco's pseudo-legal Court of Historical Review tried to settle the matter in 1983 — but it's believed they began in Japan as "fortune tea cakes." It wasn't until after Word War II, in the aftermath of Japanese-American internment camps, that the cookies became a signature staple at Chinese restaurants.
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