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The fig roll or fig bar is a cookie or biscuit consisting of a rolled cake or pastry filled with fig paste.
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United States: 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. 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. Roser approached the Cambridgeport, Massachusetts based Kennedy Biscuit Company, who agreed to take on production and sales.
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).
Britannia Industries in India produces fig rolls.
Footnotes and references
- 21st Century Fig Festival - a comparison of fig rolls
- Felicity Cloake: How to make the perfect fig rolls
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