REVIEW: Nabisco Newtons Fruit Thins (Apple Cinnamon Oat and Lemon Crisp)

Written by | May 15, 2012

Topics: 7 Rating, 8 Rating, Cookies, Nabisco, Newtons

Nabisco Newtons Fruit Thins (Apple Cinnamon Oat and Lemon Crisp)

People love Nabisco Newtons Fruit Thins.

Actually, I don’t know how accurate that statement is because I’m basing it on the 60+ positive comments attached to our news post about them last year.

Those commenters sounded so excited about them that I’m surprised every single one of those comments weren’t all in caps and included excessive exclamation points!!!!!!! Here are some words they used to describe the cookies and how often they showed up.

The word “love” was used in 14 comments, “delicious” was used four times, “great” was used three times, “wonderful” was used three times, “awesome” was used four times, “good” was used four times, “can’t stop eating” was used three times, “new favorite” was used three times, “addictive” was used three times, “yummy” was used three times, and “yummola” was used once.

Despite all those positive adjectives and praise, I had yet to buy any Newtons Fruit Thins flavor until I picked up the newest varieties — Apple Cinnamon Oat and Lemon Crisp.

If you’re later than me to the Newtons Fruit Thins party, these aren’t like the soft, cake-like Newtons you might be used to. These are crispy cookies with bits of real fruit baked into them. But you shouldn’t consider Newtons Fruit Thins to be health food because the fruit in them provides no real nutritional benefits. Instead, you should think of them as a slightly healthier cookie substitute for other popular Nabisco cookies.

Let’s compare.

Three Chips Ahoy! cookies have 160 calories, 8 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of fiber, and 11 grams of sugar. Three Oreo cookies have 160 calories, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of fiber, and 14 grams of sugar. But, three Apple Cinnamon Oat Newtons Fruit Thins have 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 1 gram of fiber, and 8 grams of sugar.

Oh, but nutrition facts aren’t the only difference. If high fructose corn syrup bothers you like the poor ratings of NBC’s Thursday night comedies bother me, then you’ll be happy to know Newtons Fruit Thins don’t have any, which can’t be said of the other two.

Nabisco Newtons Fruit Thins (Apple Cinnamon Oat and Lemon Crisp) Closeup

The aromas that wafted out from the Apple Cinnamon Oat and Lemon Crisp Newtons Fruit Thins packages made me wish Renuzit made air freshener cones that smelled as pleasant. Each cookie is shaped like a pastie and is two and a half inches in diameter, which is slightly bigger than a Chips Ahoy! cookie and significantly smaller than any clock that has hung from Flavor Flav’s neck.

With these cookies there are two different textures, the crunchiness of the oat cookie and the chewiness from either the dried lemon peel or dried apple baked into them. However, some of the cookies had dried lemon peel bits that were unpleasantly tough. My molars did not like. Even though the fruit pieces weren’t evenly distributed throughout the cookie, I could taste fruit in every bite. The Lemon Crisp had a pleasant citrus flavor that’s more sweet than tart, while the Apple Cinnamon Oat had a wonderful balance of fruit and spice, but both cookies don’t have an overwhelming flavor or sweetness.

Apple Cinnamon Oat and Lemon Crisp Newtons Fruit Thins are delightful…or in the words of commenters they’re delicious, great, wonderful, awesome, good, addictive, and yummy cookies that I can’t stop eating because I love them and they’re my new favorite cookie. Yummola.

(Nutrition Facts – 3 cookies – 140 calories, 45 calories from fat, 5 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 2.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 1 gram of monounsaturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 95 milligrams of sodium, 45 milligrams of potassium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 7 or 8 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.)

Other Nabisco Newtons Fruit Thins (Apple Cinnamon Oat and Lemon Crisp) reviews:
Junk Food Guy (Lemon Crisp)

Item: Nabisco Newtons Fruit Thins (Apple Cinnamon Oat and Lemon Crisp)
Price: $3.59 (on sale)
Size: 10.5 ounces/30 cookies
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 8 out of 10 (Apple Cinnamon Oat)
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Lemon Crisp)
Pros: Delightful. Made with real fruit. Not overwhelmingly sweet. Slightly healthier than popular Nabisco cookies. Pleasant aroma. Crunchy oat cookie. 8 whole grains per serving. Fruit flavor in every bite.
Cons: Some dried lemon peel pieces were a bit hard. The word “yummola.” Ratings of NBC’s Thursday night comedies. Blog comments all in caps. There aren’t any Renuzit baked goods air fresheners.






18 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Adam says:

    Hopefully the Office gets better ratings now that California is out. Nice review, Marvo. Lemon is so underrated as a cookie flavor.

    • Marvo says:

      Thanks! I remember eating and liking lemon sandwich cookies, although I liked them significantly less than Oreo and Hydrox.

    • guyinsd says:

      I am in San Diego and I cannot find any of the apple cinnamon fruit thins. I need to rely on friends from Minneapolis to provide a supply of these wonderful tasty cookies. I was not able to find them at our major grocery stores: Ralphs, Albertsons or Vons what gives with that? They’re so good and don’t understand why they cannot be found here in San Diego.

  2. serns says:

    I had one of the older flavors, and I’d way rather eat three of that than three Oreos.

  3. Chuck says:

    OMG I MUST HAVE SOME!!! Just kidding. But they do look fairly tasty, I might pick up a box if I see it at the market.

    • Marvo says:

      Oh, you’ll see them. Despite all the comments in the news post about them being hard to find, they’ve been quite easy to find for me.

  4. You don't say? says:

    The Canadian-equivalent Peak Freans Lifestyle Selections Cranberry Citrus & Oats flavor (sorry for the PAINFULLY long title) remains my favorite of the bunch. And if the Apple Cinnamon Oat flavor is as tasty as it sounds I might have to trek down to the Cookie Factory in Toronto and try a batch for myself. Thanks for the review, Marvo!

  5. Michael says:

    The original flavors seem better, but I haven’t had the Apple yet.

    The lemon had tough pieces in every cookie. I had to constantly spit them out like seeded watermelons. It wasso upsetting.
    It also just didn’t have as much flavor as the other flavors.

  6. jen says:

    Got these the other day, they were on sale and I had a coupon. I picked up the lemon and blueberry, I liked both but my mom & I both enjoyed the lemon but were italian and love our lemon! I don’t think the white pieces were too hard but maybe I’m just used to stuff with candied lemon zest. I would definitely buy these again and look forward to trying the other flavors.

  7. Anna says:

    You should try Grisbi Biscuits from Vicenzi.They’re great,especially those with Nociolla and Lemon.

  8. Kathy says:

    I just bought my first bag of the lemon crisp flavor for the office at work. No one really liked them because the lemon pieces were very hard, and stuck in your teeth. We will not be trying any of the other flavors.

  9. Missy says:

    I just tried some of the apple cinnamon variety. They had the lemon, but I’m not very partial to lemon. Delicious! It was hard to only eat a couple and then put the package back in the cabinet.

    I see there is a chocolate raspberry variety out there, too. Those sound dangerously good.

  10. Bobby Hand says:

    These new Newton Fruit thins are GREAT – all so tasty – only problem is deciding which one to buy each trip to the store! thanks

    Bobby Hand

  11. Genie says:

    I love fig newton’s. That;s how I found the new Newton’s frit thins.
    I was getting cookies!!! The Lemon Crisp sounded so good. They were
    horrible, Every time I got a piece of “lemon” it was like biting a hard
    piece of rubber. Thanks but I’ll stick to the fig newtonsin the future

  12. Melanie says:

    I loved your review like I love the Cranberry Citrus Oat Newtons Fruit Thins.
    Try dipping them into a bit of coffee, milk or tea. Not for too long though or they become mushy but it does make the chewy bits a bit softer. I do it for only seconds. I look forward to trying other flavors too.

    To sum it up & copy what you & other commenters said- They are delightful, delicious, great, wonderful, awesome, good, addictive, and yummy cookies that I can’t stop eating because I love them and they’re my new favorite cookie. Yummola.
    We are gonna need Newton Anon if not cookie Anon lol

  13. Delores Malcomson says:

    I love the Lemon Crisp Newtons Thins! All of the flavors are wonderful! I would like to see you produce a full flavored almond cookie. That would be a great addition to your line.

    On another note, You don’t want disgusting comments, left on this site. And, I, totally, agree! At the same time, I was very disappointed in your choice of the word “douchebag”. Although it is a frequently used word, today, it is very crude, and I would expect your company to show more more class. It would be better to show respect towards your customers by choosing a more appropriate word.

    Sincerely,
    Delores

  14. Betty Sills says:

    I love these cookies. Not too sweet . crisp and very flavorful

    Try making an ice cream sandwich with any flavor. This is my new dessert treat. Just enough ice cream to (almost)satisfy.



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