Friday, December 07, 2007

Fruitcakes in History

Thanks, Cakespy, for this fantastic look at the psychological phenomenon that is the fruitcake. Who invented the fruitcake, I'm sure you've asked yourself, and WHY? But more importantly, why do they persist in existing when they are the butt of just about every bad holiday joke?

(Among my favorite trivia here: fruitcakes were OUTLAWED throughout Continental Europe in the 1800s. Too good to not be true.)

10 comments:

Sarah Hina said...

I think there's some town that has a fruitcake catapult competition.

Seems about right.

Bernita said...

I make fabulous fruitcake.

Cakespy said...

TOTALLY Hot! Thank you for recognizing this as the important news it is.

Sarah Hina--yes, there is a town that does that! Its name is escaping me...but I think you'd want to wear a hard hat there.

McKoala said...

I like fruitcake, but not at Christmas.

Lisa McMann said...

Are you saying we shouldn't send fruitcake to our editors for the holidays?? *smile*

This is a great blog -- I just stumbled across it today for the first time. I've got some reading to catch up on!

Lisa McMann
WAKE 03.04.08

pacatrue said...

I'd be happier with the fruit cake if they took out the candied fruit and just left the nuts. Nutcake.

Anonymous said...

Johnny Carson used to joke about fruitcakes and the fact that no one ever actually ate them--the same single fruitcake just got sent around from house to house, year after year...

But, to make you a fruitcake believer, try the version made by the Trappists Monks in the Assumption Abbey in MO. Williams Sonoma carries it, and until I tasted one I wouldn't go near the darn things.

Barbjn

PS love the blog...

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/sku410423/index.cfm?pkey=xsrd0m1%7C15%7C%7C%7C0%7C%7C%7C%7C%7C%7C%7Cfruticake&cm%5Fsrc=SCH

writtenwyrdd said...

I adore fruitcake! And I can bake a really good one, but prefer store bought because, while expensive, they are massively cheaper than a do-it-yourself number.

The Trouble With Roy said...

Thanks for the link. I love fruitcake!

The Anti-Wife said...

I love fruitcake!