Today, Fig Newtons are one of America’s most beloved, and uniquely named, snack foods. The "fig" part, of course, is pretty straightforward; figs are used to make the filling in these sumptuous cookies. But where did the "Newton” come from?
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.
Legend has it that the cookies were named after Sir Isaac Newton (of the legendary falling apple and the theory of gravity), but the real explanation lies in the location of the Kennedy Biscuit company, which purchased the cookie recipe from Roser in 1891. The Boston-based company customarily named its products after nearby towns, and they chose Newton, located seven miles west of downtown Boston, for the new cookie.
Fig Newtons were one of the earliest products to be commercially baked in the United States; today they are produced by Nabisco. As of 2012, Nabisco made several varieties of the Newton, including versions filled with apple cinnamon, strawberry, raspberry, and mixed berries.
The fig bar is the company’s third best-selling product, with sales of more than 700 million bars a year as of 2018.
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- 6 slices bacon
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 4 red potatoes, cubed
- 1 cup water
- 2 (14.75-ounce) cans cream-style corn
- 3 cups half-and-half
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
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