Fig roll

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Fig Roll
Fig rolls (homemade).jpg
Homemade fig rolls
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).


Britannia Industries in India produces fig rolls.

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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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