DID YOU KNOW? Today is National Fig Newton Day! For the record, I LOVE these delicious, sweet and tasty snacks.
In 1891, Philadelphia baker and fig-lover, Charles Roser, invented and patented the machine which inserted fig paste into a thick pastry dough. Roser’s recipe was then purchased by Cambridgeport, Massachusetts-based Kennedy Biscuit Company and mass production began. In 1891, the first Fig Newtons were baked at the F.A. Kennedy Steam Bakery. The pastries are named after the town of Newton, Massachusetts.
In the 19th century many physicians believed that most illnesses were related to digestion problems and they recommended having biscuits and fruit daily. The fig roll was the ideal solution!
After recently becoming associated, the Kennedy Biscuit Company and the New York Biscuit company merged to form Nabisco and the fig rolls were then trademarked as “Fig Newtons.”