National Fig Newton Day

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Welcome to the deliciously delightful world of National Fig Newton Day! Grab your cup of tea (or glass of milk, we don't judge), and get ready to dive into the history of these scrumptious treats. Whether you're a fan of the classic fig-filled cookies or enjoy experimenting with different flavors, this national day is a celebration of all things figgy and Newton-y. So, let's unravel the fascinating story behind these iconic treats, and maybe indulge in a few along the way!

When is Fig Newton Day?

It's national fig newton day on the 16th January.

The Fig-tastic Origins

Fig Newtons have a history as rich and satisfying as the cookie itself. The story goes back to the late 19th century when a young inventor named Charles Roser first created a machine capable of mass-producing fig rolls. This genius contraption rolled out deliciously delicate dough and filled it with a chewy, fruity fig paste. Roser then sold his invention to the National Biscuit Company (now known as Nabisco), and the rest is history.

The former president of Nabisco, Paul B. Cherington, suggested the name Fig Newton, inspired by the town of Newton, Massachusetts. The town's suburban charm perfectly matched the cookie's sweet and wholesome nature. And just like that, a legendary treat was born.

A Fig-a-licious Journey

Throughout the years, Fig Newtons have become a staple in many households. People enjoy them as a delicious snack, a quick pick-me-up, or even a sneaky indulgence before bedtime (shhh, we won't tell). These fig-filled wonders have stood the test of time and continue to bring joy to taste buds across the nation.

Over the decades, Nabisco has blessed us with various flavors of Fig Newtons. From the classic fig-filled originals to flavors like strawberry, raspberry, and apple, there's a Fig Newton for every craving. So whether you're a traditionalist or an adventurous flavor explorer, there's no shortage of options to satisfy your figgy desires.

Celebrating National Fig Newton Day

Every year on January 16th, we honor these delectable delights with National Fig Newton Day. It's the perfect occasion to stock up on your favorite flavors, share them with loved ones, or even have a Fig Newton-themed party (bring on the fig-shaped balloons and fig-flavored punch!).

This day is also a great time to try out some creative Fig Newton recipes. You can crumble them on top of ice cream, use them as a pie crust, or even incorporate them into a tasty cheesecake. The possibilities are endless, and your taste buds will thank you for the fig-filled adventure!

History behind the term 'Fig Newton'


The Invention of Fig Newton

In 1891, the fig newton, a delicious and iconic cookie, was invented by a Philadelphia-based pastry chef named Charles Roser. Originally known as the 'Newtons', they were named after the city of Newton, Massachusetts.


The Partnership with Nabisco

In 1898, Charles Roser sold his recipe for the fig newton to the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco). This marked the beginning of a successful partnership between Roser and Nabisco, which allowed the cookie to reach a wider audience and gain popularity nationwide.


The Name Change to Fig Newton

In 1912, the cookie was officially renamed 'Fig Newton' by the National Biscuit Company. This change was made to emphasize the use of fig as the main filling in the cookie, distinguishing it from other fruit-filled cookies.


Fig Newtons Go Fat-Free

In 1971, Nabisco responded to the growing demand for healthier snacks by introducing a fat-free version of Fig Newtons. This move appealed to health-conscious consumers and contributed to the continued success of the brand.


The Acquisition by Mondelez International

In 2012, Mondelez International, a multinational food conglomerate, acquired the rights to the Fig Newton brand from Kraft Foods. Mondelez continues to produce and distribute Fig Newtons to this day, ensuring the legacy of this beloved cookie.

Did you know?

Did you know that Fig Newtons were one of the first commercially packaged cookies in the United States? They paved the way for the countless cookie options we have today. So, in a way, Fig Newtons are like the trailblazers of the cookie world!


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16th January 2016

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16th January 2018

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