For some, January 16th is National Religious Freedom Day. For others, it is National Nothing Day. But here at the Fabulous Foodie we hold the culinary holidays list to be self-evident so around here — January 16th is National Fig Newton Day.
Now, unlike many of the days on the list – I assume this one had some corporate backing, some power behind the movement and I suspect that power is named Nabisco. These childhood treats (for me anyway. I can’t recall having eaten one as an adult) are extolled and explained on Nabiscoworld, home of the Fig Factor Quiz.
Did you know, for example, that when fig Newtons were introduced in 1891 they represented the first commercial product to contain figs? Hmmm . . . you know, the more I think about that, the less likely it seems to be. I mean, figs have been well known and in use since what – 3000BC? No one bunged one into a commercially available food stuff in all that time or ground it up for a beauty paste?
I remain skeptical and may reach out to the California Fig Advisory Board (the body that sponsors the Fig Factor Quiz) to check on this. And don’t think I can’t. I know very important people in produce (no, that is NOT a contradiction in terms).
In the meantime, I think I’ll grab a Newton or two and celebrate National Nothing Day by engaging in JUST that activity. I wonder if I could make a religion out of it?