you're looking something to do today then I hope you like cookies
because it's National Fig Newton Day! But wait, it's not a
cookie, it's a Fig Newton... Let's get right into celebrating
National Fig Newton Day!
WHY IS THIS A
This was such a common cookie, I mean fruit and cake, in
household when I grew up that it's no wonder that it has its own
holiday. There's no reason for the particular day, but this little
treat has been around for ages! It is believed that the early
Egyptians used to make a very similar treat by wrapping preserved figs
in dough. Sailors and explorers even traded these fig rolls. Pretty
crazy, huh? But let's fast forward a bit to when doctors
believed that most illnesses were caused because of digestion problems.
What do you think they recommend that people do on a daily basis? Eat
biscuits and fruit! Hmm, I wonder what treat would help
So in 1891, Charles Roser, a baker and
fig lover, made a machine, which he patented the next year, that
inserted fig paste into cake-like dough. He named them "Newtons" after
the local town, Newton, Massachusetts. He then got in contact
with the Kennedy Biscuit Company, to help him with sales and
production, which later became associated with the New York Biscuit
Company. Can you guess what they called themselves when they merged?
That's right, Nabisco! These days you can find a wide variety
different Fig Newtons like 100% whole grain, fat-free and they even
fill them with different fruits like strawberry and raspberry.
Personally, I liked the strawberry ones best when I was a kid.
This fruit and cake treat has been on a wonderful journey and
still liked by many today.
So how can you celebrate today? Well, it's pretty simple...
just eat some Fig Newtons! Just try not to go overboard, because
regardless of advertising this is pretty much a cookie ;). Go
pick up a package at the store and snack on them today. You
choose from regular, whole grain, fat free and even minis. I
know, it's tempting to grab the strawberry and raspberry kind too, but
it is fig's day! If you do opt to buy the other fruit
then just make sure you get at least one package of the fig flavor to
ensure an accurate celebration.
Make things interesting
and see who out of your friends can fit the most figs in their mouth at
one time. Don't forget to take pictures for some hilarious
memories! Or even who can eat 10 Fig Newtons the fastest,
a drink! Winner gets a nice tall glass of milk and bragging
rights. Or if you're really handy in the kitchen, try making
own fig roll and see how it turns out. Have a package of Fig
Newtons ready to taste test and compare. It never hurts to
creative with your celebrations... who knows, you might end up having
fun ;). I hope you have a lovely, fruit and cake filled day