National Fig Newton Day on January 16th annually recognizes a tasty pastry enjoyed across the country. 

A Nabisco’s trademarked version of the fig roll, Newtons are a pastry filled with fig paste. Fig Newtons have an unusual and characteristic shape which has been adopted by many competitors, including generic fig bars.

Up until the 19th century, many physicians believed most illnesses were related to digestion problems. As a remedy, they recommended a daily intake of biscuits and fruit. Fig rolls served as an ideal solution to their advice, which remained a locally produced and handmade product. 

In 1891, Philadelphia baker and fig-lover, Charles Roser, invented and patented the machine, which inserted fig paste into a thick pastry dough. The Cambridgeport, MA – based Kennedy Biscuit Company then purchased Roser’s recipe. They began mass production after purchasing the recipe. In 1891, the first Fig Newtons were baked at the F.A. Kennedy Steam Bakery. The company named the pastries after the town of Newton, Massachusetts.

After recently becoming associated, the Kennedy Biscuit Company and the New York Biscuit company merged to form Nabisco. The new company trademarked the fig rolls as Fig Newtons.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFigNewtonDay

Enjoy a Fig Newton, fig roll or make your own. People of all ages enjoy this tasty bar. It comes in a variety of flavors, but fig seems to be the most popular. Enjoy it with coffee, tea or juice. 

We even found a delicious recipe for you to try and share.

Fresh Fig Newtons

Use #NationalFigNewtonDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to seek the origins of this figurative food holiday. While we may not figure it out, we do sometimes get into a jam. Oh well, we’ll follow the crumbs.