While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Cheers to the cookie that thinks it's a fruit! January 16 is National Fig Newton Day.
When you open a package of Fig Newtons (or Newtons as they're now called), you might take it for fact that the little fruit rolls are a modern American invention. You’d be wrong.
The fig roll is actually an Egyptian pastry. Figs were highly prized in the days of explorers and were often regarded with great reverence. The Egyptians realized that by baking the figs in a simple flour pastry they’d stay preserved for longer.
Thank goodness a man by the name of Henry James Mitchell invented an extruding machine that could mechanically make the chewy cookies. Cookie maker Charles Roser sold his fig roll recipe to Kennedy Biscuit Works (which later became Nabisco) and they used Mitchell’s machine for mass production in 1891.
So, why are they called Newtons? Kennedy Biscuit Works had a habit of naming their products after neighboring towns. Newton is a small town just outside of Boston, and close to where Kennedy Biscuits used to operate.
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