Enjoy and recognize the bit of nostalgia that this classic little pastry cookie has carried with it over the years. It’s time to celebrate and show appreciation for the simple things in life with National Fig Newton Day!
History of National Fig Newton Day
To learn about the background of this day, head all the way back in history to the late 1800s when the Fig Newton was born. During this era, many doctors would blame a wide range of health problems on digestive issues, prescribing cookies and fruit as the remedy. Fig rolls were one of a number of recipes that people would make and eat to combat all sorts of ailments. In 1891, a bakery based in Massachusetts created a machine and a process by which these little cookies could be mass produced. Named after the town of Newton, Massachusetts, the first Fig Newtons were produced in 1898.
For more than a century, the Nabisco-made Fig Newton has been a staple on the grocery store snack shelves in the US. In 2012, the “fig” was dropped from the name and the snack is now simply called “Newton” on the packaging. But many people continue to refer to them as Fig Newtons. The little treat has gained a few family members over the years, though, including strawberry, blueberry, and mixed berry flavor options for Newtons.
National Fig Newton Day is here to celebrate and show appreciation for the rich, enduring history and classic flavor that has allowed this cookie to remain in American hearts and kitchens into the 21st century.
How to Celebrate National Fig Newton Day
Have some fun and observe National Fig Newton Day by implementing some of these fun ideas to get started with:
Enjoy Some Fig Newtons
In honor of this illustrious day, head on over to a favorite grocery store and pick up a package or two of these treats. Pick up extras that can be shared at work or with friends in celebration of National Fig Newton Day!
While these little snacks do contain quite a bit of sugar, as cookies go this one may be a bit healthier than others in the same aisle. That’s because, unlike many other cookies that are made up of empty calories, the Newton does offer some nutritional value. The fig paste gives it a higher fiber content than most carb-filled cookies and it is also comparatively low in saturated fat.
Try Making Fig Newtons at Home
Those who are feeling up to a culinary challenge might be interested in whipping up some of their own fig rolls in honor of National Fig Newton Day. This is a great way to lean a bit more toward a healthier lifestyle, including less sugar and fewer preservatives but still enjoying the delicious flavor of this little cookie treat. Look for recipes online that include whole wheat flour or gluten-free options and use coconut sugar in lieu of refined white sugar to make it slightly healthier.