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Here are today’s five food finds about fig newtons:

1.  Fig Newtons were created in 1851.

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2. They were almost called “Fig Shrewsbury” before the name “Fig Newton” caught on.

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3. According to Nabisco, Fig Newtons were either named after Sir Isaac Newton or the town of Newton, Massachusetts.

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4. Fig Newtons are the 3rd most popular cookie in the United States.

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5. An alternate origin story for fig newtons involves Charles Roser from Kenton, Ohio who sold his cookie recipe to Nabisco in 1910.

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On This Day in Food History…

1868 William Davis, received a patent for a refrigerated railway car. First used to ship fish. Later ushering in the age of portable cold produced & foods.

1920 Prohibition began in the U.S., banning the sale of all alcoholic beverages. Allowances were made to produce wine for “religious purposes.”

1965  Searchers’ “Love Potion #9” peaks at #3

1958 A grasshopper plague causes serious damage across the state of Colorado & neighboring states. This “plagued” farmer’s crops; costing millions of dollars in damage.

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