National Fig Newton Day

National Fig Newton Day celebrates the pastry-like cookie filled with fig paste, loved by people worldwide. The Fig Newton was first created at the end of the 19th century and has been a favorite among cookie lovers ever since. If you count yourself among the fans of this sweet treat, then you might want to take some time on January 16th to enjoy it. Just be sure to share some with friends and family.

The History of Fig Newtons

Up until the 19th century, a combination of biscuits and fruits was often prescribed to people with digestive issues. Fig rolls were one of these curative “cookies,” extensively used by the British at the time. This practice is likely where the idea for Fig Newtons originated, and the concept was probably brought to the U.S. by British immigrants.

In 1891, Charles Roser invented a process that allowed fig paste to be inserted into a pastry-type dough. The Kennedy Biscuit Company, based in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, purchased this recipe that same year. Soon after, the first Fig Newtons were baked.

Why were these cookies called Fig Newtons? The first part of their name obviously comes from the fact that they contain figs. The second part, Newtons, was named after the city of Newton, Massachusetts. Nowadays, these cookies are simply called Newtons and are available in various flavors, including mixed berry, apple cinnamon, raspberry, and strawberry.

Amazing Facts About Fig Newtons

As we researched National Fig Newton Day, we came across some amazing facts that we feel we just have to share. So, without further ado, below are some of the facts that we’d love to share with everyone celebrating this holiday.

  • The Kennedy Biscuit Works almost named Fig Newtons “Fig Shrewsbury”—after a nearby town.
  • Fig Newtons were one of the first commercially baked products in the U.S.
  • Over 1 billion Fig Newtons are eaten every year.
  • Fig Newtons are only the third most popular cookie in the U.S., with Oreo cookies remaining the #1 most popular cookie.

Observing National Fig Newton Day

Want to enjoy National Fig Newton Day? If so, then grab a box of Newton cookies. They don’t have to be Fig Newtons either; you are free to choose from one of the many other Newton flavors if you wish. Don’t worry; we won’t tell. For those of you who want to spread the word about this holiday, feel free to use the hashtag #FigNewtonDay on your social media accounts.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 16 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
January 16 Thursday
Last year (2023)
January 16 Monday
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