Fortune Cookie Maker Bows To Parental Pressure And Removes Romantic Messages
Some parents can be so touchy. Brooklyn’s Wonton Food—the world’s largest fortune-cookie maker—has agreed to remove romantic messages from its cookies in response to complaints from parents who didn’t appreciate their children receiving fortunes such as, “A romantic mystery will soon add interest to your life,” according to the New York Post.
Seems G-rated enough? Right? Regardless whether the complaints were reasonable or not, company officials were happy to oblige. Wonton VP Danny Zeng told the Post if the company gets more than two or three complaints about any fortune, it will screen it out.
“We want to put messages inside our cookies that don’t upset a single person,” he said. “We don’t want customers to have negative feelings.”
Therefore, gone are messages such as, “One who admires you greatly is hidden before your eyes,” “Romance and travel go together,” and “The evening promises romantic interest.” Instead, they have been replaced with milder fortunes such as, “No one on Earth is as beautiful as you,” “You make every day special,” and “Only love makes us see ordinary things in an extraordinary way.”
Romantic messages aren’t the only fortunes tweaked by Wonton, which boasts and catalog of about 10,000 fortunes and manufactures some five million cookies a day at its plants in Long Island City, N.Y. and Houston, Texas. For example, the classic “You will inherit a great fortune soon,” was recently changed to “You will take over a great fortune soon.”
“People said, ‘I love my relatives and don’t want them to die soon,” Zeng told the Post.
Miss the romantic fortunes in your cookies? You can always sauce them up yourself. Fortune cookies are always more fun by adding “in bed” to the end of each message anyway…
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I want more stuff like this!