January 16, 2013

National Fig Newton Day

"This sticker is dangerous and inconvenient, but I do love Fig Newtons." - Ricky Bobby, "Talladega Nights"

It's National Fig Newton Day!

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, everybody knows what a Fig Newton is. Whether it was your grandparents favorite cookie (that they may have kept in a Tupperware container underneath their couch like mine did), your parents attempt at providing a healthier dessert option for your school lunches, or the lady around the corner who gave out packages of them at Halloween... the Fig Newton absolutely stirs up childhood memories.

But where did these cookies come from? There's some debate, but it's believed that Charles Roser created the recipe, sold it to the Massachusetts based Kennedy Biscuit Company (now known as Nabisco) in the late 19th century where James Henry Mitchell invented the machine that made them.

And now you’re all the wiser, foodies.

Fig Newtons have expanded their product line over the years to also include strawberry and raspberry flavors in either an original or whole wheat dough, Fruit Thins, and Fruit Crisps. And if you want to celebrate today organically, then you can always try Newman’s Own Fig Newmans (the creativity of the name here is just mind-boggling) which come in low fat, fat free, and wheat/dairy free options.

Happy National Fig Newton Day!