National Fig Newton Day
National Fig Newton Day celebrates the pastry-like cookie that’s filled with a fig paste and is loved by people all over the world. The Fig Newton was first created at the end of the 19th century and has been loved by cookie lovers ever since. If you count yourself among the fans of this sweet cookie, then you might just want to take some time out of your day 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” and they were used extensively by the British at the time. This is likely where the idea for Fig Newtons came from, and the idea was most likely 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. This recipe would be purchased by the Kennedy Biscuit Company based in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts 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 contained figs. The second part of their name, Newtons, was named after the city of Newton, Massachusetts. Nowadays, these cookies are called just Newtons and they are available in a variety of different flavors including mixed berry, apple cinnamon, raspberry, and strawberry.
Amazing Facts About Fig Newtons
As we did the research for 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 single year.
- Fig Newtons are only the third most popular cookie in the U.S. Oreo cookies remain the #1 most popular cookie.
Observing National Fig Newton Day
Want to enjoy National Fig Newton Day? If you do, 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.