I’ve always liked Fig Newtons, they remind me of family outings at the beach. Their fruit and cookie combo always felt like a substantial snack that rally satisfies – and tastes good too! Ethan doesn’t feel the same way but agreed to taste test because he’s such a good sport.
I found these Gonzo brand knock-offs at a gas station in Bellingham, MA. I haven’t seen them anywhere else, but maybe I just never noticed them.
Fig Newtons have a nice golden brown color on the outside of the cookie. I haven’t had these in a while but the cookie seemed kind of dry, Ethan agreed but liked the sweet flavor of it anyway. The fig filling had a nice thick texture and dense fig flavor. I think it’s the best part of the Newton.
These were a little lighter, the cookie was thicker and not as well proportioned as far as cookie-to-fig ratio. I know it doesn’t look like it but the cookie was so thick, it masked the fig “experience”. I detected a weird chemical taste too. Ethan didn’t seemed to be bothered by it and liked the sweetness of the cookie
I’d stick with Fig Newtons for the fig flavor and more natural taste. Ethan felt the Newtons were more natural tasting but the Gonzo brand was better as a tasty treat. I will say I like Gonzo’s packaging though. The scalloped lines at the top looks like a curtain rising to reveal the treat inside. Nice font for “fig bars” too.
3 thoughts on “Fig Newtons vs Fig Bars”
I love Fig Newtons, but there is something to be said for a snack company called “Gonzo.”
I have always felt that I would love a Newton with a better fresher fruit filling. I love the outer cake/cookie thing, but the inside was always a turn off for me. Maybe just a plain Newton, no fruit? I’d eat it.
I love fig bars of many brands. Fig Newtons are alright but I just discovered the absolute best fig bar EVER. Little Debbie fig bars!!! I can’t say enough about them. They are moist and very tastey! I was skeptical because I usually don’t go in for Little Debbie snacks but it was either those or the Walmart off brand. I was so surprised, I think I have found my new snack of choice.