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Fig Newtons | New England By the Numbers

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The Fig Newton

The Fig Newton

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16
January date known to snack enthusiasts as National Fig Newton Day

101
number of years Fig Newtons were called “cakes”—not marketed as “cookies” until 1982

1891
year Kennedy Biscuit Co. (now Nabisco) of Cambridge, MA, began producing the fig-filled confection

$2491
base monthly rent to live amid baking history today: an 862-square-foot Cambridge loft, once home to Kennedy Biscuit Co.

100
length in inches of the cookie served at the 1991 centennial celebration in Newton, MA—the city for which the cookie is named

THIRTY
number of product versions available today under the Newtons brand

FIFTY-SIX
Fig Newtons consumed on March 26, 2005, by Martin Tighe of Attleboro, Mass., to fuel his Guinness World Record for most miles (85.83) run on a treadmill over 12 hours

ONE
New Englanders’ ranking among the nation’s consumers of Newtons cookies

2011
year “Fig” is dropped from the brand name; free of the laxative/geriatric undertone of “Fig,” sales of Newtons are energized

123
years after they came into production, Newtons remain a top 10 seller among Nabisco cookies

Comments
  • Interesting history of the “Fig Newton”…..but, so sad that they are now manufactured in Mexico, Yuck!! When I noticed that tidbit of information on the package, I knew I had purchased my last Fig Newton.

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