|Created by||Charles Roser|
Newtons, most prominently Fig Newtons, are a Nabisco trademarked version of the fig roll, a pastry (biscuit in the UK) filled with fig paste. They are produced by an extrusion process. Their distinctive shape is a characteristic that has been adopted by competitors, including generic fig bars sold in many markets.
Until the late 19th century, many physicians believed that most illnesses were related to digestion problems, and recommended a daily intake of biscuits and fruit. Fig rolls were the ideal solution to this advice. They were a locally produced and handmade product until a Philadelphia baker and fig lover, Charles Roser, invented and then patented a machine in 1891 which inserted fig paste into a thick pastry dough. Cambridgeport, Massachusetts–based Kennedy Biscuit Company purchased the Roser recipe and started mass production. The first Fig Newtons were baked at the F. A. Kennedy Steam Bakery in 1891. The product was named after the city of Newton, Massachusetts, and contrary to popular belief, has nothing to do with Sir Isaac Newton.
Since 2012, the "Fig" has been dropped from the product name.
As of 2012, Nabisco makes several varieties of the Newton, which, in addition to the original fig filling, include versions filled with apple cinnamon, strawberry, raspberry, and mixed berry. The Fig Newton also is sold in a 100% whole-grain variety and a fat-free variety. Fig Newton Minis have also been introduced. The fig bar is the company's third best-selling product, with sales of more than 700 million bars a year as of 2018. In 2011, a crisp cookie was introduced in the United States named Newtons Fruit Thins, after being successfully marketed by Kraft in Canada as Lifestyle Selections, a variety of Peek Freans.
In popular culture
- The snack is referred to by name in the 1961 film The Parent Trap. The scene involves the twin sisters, Susan and Sharon, who have been relegated to a cabin together at sleep-away camp. At one point, Susan offers Sharon a snack with the line, "Wanna Fig Newton?"
- In Season 3, Episode 10 of the Big Bang Theory "The Gorilla Experiment", which aired on December 7, 2009, Penny asks: "Is that why they're called Fig Newtons?", to which Sheldon replies: "No. Fig Newtons are named after a small town in Massachusetts."
- In the comedy film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, the eponymous NASCAR driver sells advertising space on his car to Fig Newtons, resulting in him driving with an obtrusive decal of the Fig Newtons logo on his windshield.
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