Ooey, goey, rich, and chewy

Fig Newtons. Yummy cookies.

My office mate offered me some this afternoon. We talked about how yummy they were, and I told him they were also good for keeping you regular. In fact, I said, I seem to remember being told or reading that they were originally invented for that purpose (the idea being that if it tasted good you were less likely to resist). But you know, I can’t for the life of me remember where or when I was given that information.

I’ve done a Google search (Fig Newton History), so I know who created the recipe and how they get the insides in the outsides. I know why they were named Newtons. But I have yet to find anything about why they were created, and I am beginning to wonder if my memory is playing me false.

Can anyone either confirm or refute the “Fig Newton was invented to help constipated people do their business” theory?

I don’t see anything that says that Fig Newtons were invented specifically as a portable, tasty laxative, but figs, and fig jam, have been around for a long time.

“fig history”.
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/fig.html#Food Uses

http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/f/figcom12.html

“fig preserves history”.
http://www.meccagold.com/history.htm

So, I suppose during the 19th century some people grew fig trees in their back yards and made preserves from them, and kept fig jam and fig syrup around to give to constipated children. Charles Roser was experimenting with something that may have been a staple in his wife’s kitchen. Or maybe he just had the idea for squirting a cookie dough and a filling out together, and looked around for some kind of fruit preserves that were suitable.