During the Christmas season, many people anxiously await a slice of their beloved cake. Others, however, dread the thought of receiving one for a gift.
Whether you love it or hate it, fruitcake has been around for quite a long time. The first fruitcake was made by the Romans. They used pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins mixed into a barley mash. During the 1700s, in Europe, a ceremonial fruitcake was baked at the end of the nut harvest and saved until the following year to celebrate the beginning of the next harvest.
So how does fruitcake stay fresh for so long?
Fruitcake can last for years! It has to be aged before you can even eat it. The cake is filled with alcohol, which acts as a preservative. Most of the other ingredients are dried, so there is not much to spoil.
Do you remember the story of the young couple James and Jennifer Stopla? They were trapped in a snowstorm in Nevada with their baby. They survived on fruitcake and a bag of corn chips. It may not be a bad idea to always keep a fruitcake in the trunk of your car.
Did you know that Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding cake was a fruitcake? The English are crazy about fruitcake. Also, It was customary in England during the middle ages for unmarried wedding guests to put a slice of fruit cake under their pillow to dream of the person they would marry. I think I'll stick with my Kismet cookies.
And who could forget the charming Fruitcake Lady who appeared many times on Jay Leno. Warning: This video contains vulgar language (of course it does, it's the Fruitcake Lady).
I must be honest. I do not care for fruitcake. What about you? Do you like it? Vote on my pole on the upper left side of this site. I can't wait to see the results.