Monday, July 6, 2009

Fancy Fortune Cookies Review and Giveaway


Erin at Fancy Fortune Cookies was kind enough to send me 4 different flavors of fortune cookies to try. She sent me regular/vanilla, orange, bubble gum and cappuccino. I have to say, I was impressed with the strong flavors in each cookie. You could distinctly tell what each flavor was without any doubts!!! The bubble gum was probably my favorite one!!!!!

When you order from them, you get to personalize the flavor/color, packaging and inside messages....how fun!!!!!

They have 14 flavors to choose from, and you can get any flavor dipped in white, dark or milk chocolate.

From the website:

y name is Mike Fry and I am a fortune cookie fanatic and flavoring pioneer. The story I'm about to tell you is the absolute truth, as incredible as it may seem. It will intrigue you and give you a glimpse into the ancient and very secretive world of the Chinese fortune cookie making business.

Founder &
Flavor Guru

Founder & Flavor Guru - Mike Fry

In late fall of 1987 I had a "crazy" idea that forever changed my life. (Check out the first newspaper article about my original concept!) While eating in my favorite small, local Chinese restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I wondered "Why doesn't anyone make fortune cookies in fun colors and fruit flavors that actually taste good, like Jelly Belly does with its gourmet jelly beans?"

Chinese Mike
The Old Idea

I was tired of my fortune cookies tasting bland, in one flavor choice and sometimes almost cardboard-like in taste. So, I decided to pioneer the idea and take on the challenge myself. Cold logic should have warned me about how hard my Willy Wonka style idea would be to pull off...

In fact, that "out of the box" decision has become my life's work and full-time career for the last 15 years! And it's taken me on a magical journey into the age-old-mystery of fortune cookie making and chinese proverbs.


I quit my job as a professional Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey clown. Yes! I was a clown with the "Greatest Show on Earth." In fact, you can still see my picture in the World Book Encyclopedia under the word "clown." Then, I set aside my own children's TV show which had been airing in 209 cities on FOX eight years in a row. I had an almost two-year wait for tickets to my 90-minute daily LIVE show and ratings that were some of the highest of any children's show in the midwest. It was a truly a performer's dream job!


Clown Mike

But, I was determined that my NEW IDEA was a good one. So, I turned in my notice and left my job in October of 1990 to the shock and laughter of my family, the TV station and my friends. Who would want to buy "flavored" fortune cookies made by a former clown, everybody jokingly kept asking me. They were all certain I would fall flat on my face. And the truth is only long talks with God got me through many days!

Little did I know that I was trying to break into one of the most unusual and secretive food industries you could imagine. Especially for a guy from Indiana with no college or marketing degree. In fact, I was literally the first non-Chinese person to EVER begin actually making and manufacturing my own fortune cookies in gourmet flavors and colors. One other guy tried to break into the traditional fortune cookie industry in the late 1980's, but went belly-up after figuring out his idea wasn't welcomed in the small and very closed world of Chinese fortune cookie makers. Maybe I really was crazy I often thought.


cookie assortment

I called 8 different Chinese fortune cookie companies back in late 1987, and tried unsuccessfully to find any one of them that thought my idea of flavors and colors was a good idea. Finally, my 9th contact was willing to listen to me...

For the next 2 years we painstakingly experimented and created tens of thousands of bad looking AND bad tasting batches of fortune cookies. It was a frustrating and expensive learning curve.

Recipe after recipe after recipe...

Finally after a bazillion cookies -- we "cracked the code." We mastered the ancient art of making fortune cookies in vibrant colors and flavors. It was a EUREKA moment!

From that very small and humble beginning, I've gone from not just inventing the very first flavors introduced to the Chinese-only industry (my first five flavors were strawberry, lemon, orange, blueberry, and mint in 1987) but I've gone on to create and manufacture a whole fun menu-of-flavors and a fireworks of brilliant colors you can customize with your own sayings or promotions inside.

Since 1987 I've invented a total of 17 different, delicious, and turbo-charged flavors used by many companies, restaurants and businesses across the U.S.

My goal is to make literally the best-tasting, best-looking and most memorable fortune cookies on the market. And I spare no expense in my chosen obsession!


Fancy Fortune Cookies is offering one lucky winner an assortment of 100 cookies! (You get to try every flavor!!!!)


For your first (and mandatory) entry into this contest, visit Fancy Fortune Cookies and tell me which flavor sounds the best to you. Please be sure to leave your email address in your comments.


To earn extra entries you can (please leave a comment for each additional entry):

1) Become a follower of my blog or let me know if you already follow (please don't do anonymous, i have to be able to see you)
2) Become an email subscriber of my blog or let me know if you already subscribe
3) Blog about this contest (and comment with the url)
4) Follow me on twitter and tweet about the contest (comment with your twitter name and the url of your tweet)


This contest is open to anyone with a US mailing address that is 18+. Contest ends Tuesday, July 21st at noon pacific time. Winner will be picked and notified by email shortly after.

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Gloria's Bits and Pieces said...

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Marie said...

Yum. I think I would like cherry the best.

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Nancy said...

The chocolate fortune cookies covered with chocolate would be my favorite!

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I am an e-mail subscriber.

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Molly K said...

I think I would have to go with the plain old Original™ Vanilla Fortune Cookie. I know, I'm boring.

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Pamela S said...

I think lemon sounds great!

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Shay said...

Hands down... Double Chocolate! YUM!

Chris said...

I'd love to try the Minty Mint Mint Fortune Cookie.

Salleefur/Jesselyn/Jesster said...

Decisions, decisions! How about the Cool Cappuccino dipped in dark chocolate?!
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Unknown said...

The Toasted Coconut sounds good.

Joyce said...

Toasted coconut, yummmm!
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janetfaye said...

I like Chocolate flavored.

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Anonymous said...

I'd love to taste the coconut one

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Whitney said...

It's hard to pick between all the chocolates, but I'm going with the chocolate delight.
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Ashley's Allowance said...

I would love to try the toasted coconut flavor!

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diesel51 said...

Chocolate followed a very close second of strawberry.

checkers said...

Vanilla!
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Storm Safety Blog said...

I'd love to try the Cherry flavored ones! The red color would be good at Christmas or for romantic events, too.

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AICORP said...

I'm a traditionalist so it's vanilla for me.

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Annemarie said...

The orange flavored fortune cookies sound great!!

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Candie L said...

I would like to try the cherry bliss. Thank you

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eclairre said...

Would love to try the cool cappuccino! I love cappuccinos.

Mrs. K said...

Vanilla would be choice! I love this site. My husband and I love Fortune cookies and this would be awesome to try all the flavors. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Oneangel said...

The Double Chocolate would be nice.

susan1215 said...

toasted coconut sounds yummy

cindy said...

Double Chocolate Chocolate Fortune Cookie sounds yummy!!

cindy said...

I subscribed.

Jinxy and Me said...

Luscious Lemon sounds yummy

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I'm a follower!

Sandy S said...

Chocoholic's Delight would be a smash hit at our house! I never thought of flavored fortune cookis. What a great idea! Thanks for the chance to win!

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Aileen said...

Cappucino sounds delicious...I'm looking into using the fortune cookies as my wedding favors!

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Unknown said...

The double chocolate and original vanilla sound great to me, love to win these for my daughters wedding

wendy wallach said...

coconut sounds good for me.

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Lisa G. said...

The Cherry Bliss sounds so yummy to me!
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Jennifer McKay said...

I"m torn between the cappucino and the minty mint.

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Stacey said...

I think the coconut fortune cookies sound good.

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Renee G said...

Lucious Lemon sounds great to me.
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Helen said...

The lemon sounds wonderful!

Kelly F said...

Mmmm...the Double Chocolate ones sound sooo good!

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imaclutz89 said...

The Sun-Ripened Strawberry sounds delicious.

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Nancy S. said...

Cool Cappuccino
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Anonymous said...

I would select the double double chocolate fortune cookie. YuM! My family would gobble them up. Thanks.

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theolotto said...

I like the Double Chocolate Chocolate Fortune Cookie .

Kate said...

I'd love to try the Cool Cappuccino! Thanks!!

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Bakersdozen said...

I would love to try the cappuccino flavored cookies with my morning cup of coffee. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

CMC said...

I'm a purist - gotta be the original (vanilla) flavor for me!

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Justine said...

I think the Toasted Coconut sounds the best!

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Unknown said...

I would love to try their Luscious Lemon Lemon Fortune Cookie. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

Sheila Hickmon said...

I would like the Minty Mint Mint Fortune Cookies! Thanks for the chance!
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Unknown said...

Double Chocolate sounds great. garrettsambo@aol.com

Unknown said...

Lemon sounds wonderful!!

Sarah G. said...

Sun-Ripened Strawberry™!

Anonymous said...

either the chocolate covered or the chocolate flavor i think would taste best :)

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Tammy said...

I think that I would like the traditional vanilla the best.

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lilyk said...

I love the Sun-Ripened Strawberry flavor!

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Dawn D. said...

Chocolate dipped with confetti or Capuccino flavored dipped in chocolate too!

~*~lilshuga2001~*~ said...

YUMMY!!!
Id love to try the Cappuccino flavor!

Karen said...

The mint flav sounds great :)

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Ali said...

Lemon! I had some lemony tasting fortune cookies at one restaurant years ago and I always wish I could get them at every restaurant, I'd love to try these.

Maja said...

cool cappuccino

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Kathy P said...

id love the coconut :)

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Anonymous said...

the choc one and fruit punch was the types id like to try... thanks
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Sarah said...

I'd like to try the Minty Mint flavor.

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Anonymous said...

it would have to be the Cool Cappuccino

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joannaonthelake said...

Oh my, what a treat! All the flavors sounds delicious and my favorite is the Toasted Coconut! It sounds just amazing. Thank you so much for the chance to enter.
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memetu said...

BUBBLE GUM flavor is my latest choice because then I won't have to say. "don't eat the bubble gum".
The fortune cookie has a fortune in it. Bubble gum has rubber in it.
Let's hear it for the bubble gum fortune!

Anonymous said...

johnpratt@ecologyfund.net thinks that double chocolate would be the best. thanks and have a blessed day.

Karly said...

I think the Pasion Fruit Punch sounds DELICIOUS! I'd love to try that flavor.

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