Fig roll

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Fig Roll
Fig rolls (homemade).jpg
Homemade fig rolls
TypePastry
Main ingredientsFig paste

The fig roll or fig bar is a cookie or biscuit consisting of a rolled cake or pastry filled with fig paste.

Mass production[edit]

United Kingdom and Ireland[edit]

A store-brand fig roll from the United Kingdom

In the UK and Ireland the biscuit is made by McVitie's, Jacob's, and Boland's Bakery. During the mid 1990s Jacob's produced a limited edition of a chocolate version of the biscuit.

United States: Fig Newtons[edit]

two fig newton cookies
Fig Newtons

In 1892 James Henry Mitchell, a Florida engineer and inventor, received a patent for a machine that could produce a hollow tube of cookie dough and simultaneously fill it with jam.[1][2][3] At the same time, Philadelphia baker and fig lover Charles Roser was developing a recipe for a pastry based on the homemade fig roll likely brought to the US by immigrants from Britain.[1][3] Roser approached the Cambridgeport, Massachusetts based Kennedy Biscuit Company, who agreed to take on production and sales.[1]

Kennedy Biscuit Company had recently become associated with the New York Biscuit Company, and after merger to form Nabisco, trade marked the product as the Fig Newton.[1]

Now a trademarked product of Nabisco, the unusual shape of Fig Newtons is a characteristic that has been adopted by many competitors, such as the generic fig bars sold by most supermarkets, and Newman's Own Fig Newmans (an organic variety).

India[edit]

Britannia Industries in India produces fig rolls.

See also[edit]

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Fig Newton - History of Cookies". Retrieved 2011-10-21.
  2. ^ Parks, Stella (2017-08-15). BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 9780393634273.
  3. ^ a b Bellis, Mary. "The Machine, the Recipe, and the Merger". ThoughtCo. Retrieved 2019-11-14.

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