National Fig Newton Day is an American holiday dedicated to fig cookies. These delicious delicacies have been known to the world for more than a century. Their invention is connected with the recommendations of doctors of that time, who believed that increased consumption of fruits and biscuits could get rid of digestive problems. The holiday is celebrated annually on January 16th.
There is historical evidence that fig rolls were known in ancient Egypt and were a treat for rulers and representatives of the upper class.
The modern distribution of these sweet products was made possible thanks to Charles Roser. In 1891, he was able to create a machine that made it possible to introduce fig filler directly into the dough. Then the raw dough with the filling was sent to the oven, where it was baked until cooked.
After signing several agreements to transfer the rights to bake ginger rolls, they have become a staple of Nabisco. Now these products began to be called “Fig Newton”.
- The fig roll was named after the famous physicist Isaac Newton.
- Dried figs were in demand in the army. It is known that Alexander the Great took it on campaigns, as it could be stored for a long time and was very nutritious.
- The fig tree is a real long-liver. At the same time, it bears fruit for an average of 350 years.
How to celebrate
Visit the bakery for a hot fig roll. If you love to cook, then National Fig Newton Day is a great opportunity to learn how to bake these wonderful items named after Newton.
Share on social networks information about the holiday. Discuss with other users the impressions of fig rolls, tell us when you first tried them.
When is National Fig Newton Day celebrated in 2023?
National Fig Newton Day is observed on January 16 each year.