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Fortune Cookie Writers

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Caroline Cask

on 25 November 2013

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Fortune Cookie Writers
Brief History of the Fortune Cookie
Fortune cookies are an American invention that originated in California around 1918 by David Jung, founder of Hong Kong Noodle Company.
What is a Fortune Cookie Writer?
Have you ever wondered who writes your fortune when you crack open one of these golden beauties?
Freelance Writers
Most of the authors of fortune cookie fortunes are considered freelance writers.
Freelance writers are people who write on various different topics and consider themselves more relaxed than other typical writing professions. If a writer of a fortune does not work directly for the fortune cookie company and he or she sends in her quote, then he or she is considered a freelance writer.
Pros and Cons of Self-employed Freelance Writing
Many writers consider self-employed freelance writing to be the most glorious form of writing because of the freedom of topics, vast range of interests, and less strict policies governing the writing.
Jung invented this cookie because he felt bad for the poor, homeless people on the streets outside of his shop. He would pass out fortune cookies to the needy.
If so, then it can easily be answered with fortune cookie writers. Yes, that is a real job and yes, they are true authors.
Factories in the US
The United States has three fortune cookie factories within its boarders:
*Wonton Food Inc. (Brooklyn, New York)
*Peeking Noodle (Los Angeles, California)
*Sunrise Fortune Cookie (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
A big flaw, however, in freelance writing is the lack of structure. A freelance writer makes varying paychecks depending on who is publishing their piece. They are also considered self-employed, so no benefits are in effect for them like if they were involved in a company.

Education requirements for Freelance Writers
Freelance writers typically go to college to major in creative writing. In four years, most graduate with a Bachelors. This degree is only beneficial
to the writers who want to
work under a company.
Pros of Working with a Company
Many freelance writers prefer to work with a company because the receive all of the company's benefits which include health insurance, sick and vacation leave, and retirement saving. They also tend to make a higher salary and have a normal income.
Cons of Freelance Writing with a Company
There are few cons when working in one of the fortune cookie factories. One is the level of competition. Being a fortune cookie writer is surprisingly competitive due to the limited amount of jobs offered because there are only three factories in the United States. Also, if one works with a company, they lose the total freedom of being a self-employed writer.
Self-employed Vs. Under Company
*Smaller, inconsistent wages (12-50 dollars per piece)
*More writing freedom
*No college expense
*Not competitive
* Essentially own boss
* Normal income (25,000- 75,000 dollars annually)
*Less of a free writing range
*College costs
Want to become a fortune cookie writer?
If you think you have a good enough fortune to put into a cookie, many companies have a way to either mail in your fortune or email it in. If your fortune is picked to be used in a cookie, you will be paid roughly twelve to fifty dollars depending on how well written it is. This would enable you to be a self-employed freelance writer!
Fortune Cookie Recipe
3 egg whites

3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons water

1.Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper. Have fortunes ready to go on small strips of paper.

2.In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites and sugar on high speed of an electric mixer until frothy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and stir in melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, water and flour one at a time, mixing well after each. Consistency should resemble pancake batter. Spoon the batter into 3 inch circles on the prepared baking sheets. Leave room between for spreading.

3.Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges begin to brown slightly. Quickly remove one at a time, place a message in the center, and fold in half. Fold the ends of the half together into a horse shoe shape. If they spring open, place them in a muffin tin to cool until set.

So next time you crack open a fortune cookie and read your fortune, remember to thank all of the fortune cookie writers out there who write just for you!
Sample Fortunes
You only need look to your own reflection for inspiration, because you are beautiful!

If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words

You will have a pleasant surprise

The world may be your oyster, but that doesn't mean you'll get its pearl.

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