In America, when people think of China, they think of fortune cookie. The reason for this is simply that China consumes so many of them, so frequently. It consists of a dough that’s been shaped like an origami Pac–Man so that it can house a strip of inedible paper that contains a message for the eater. The messages are meant to calm and/or encourage the reader, even though its house was just destroyed and likely devoured. Fortune cookie has the power to dictate important life decisions, which is one of the few quantifiable facts about the psychological effects of any food.
It would be generous to say that the outer shell of fortune cookie tastes mediocre. However, the fact that the inside has a hidden message makes fortune cookie very distinctive. It provides an immediate discourse between the eater and the food, which is generally a very seldom (and often undesirable) occurrence.
Fortune Cookie became an official snack on June 26th 2012.