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Fruitcake: Love It or Hate It?

In recent years, fruitcake has become one of the most hated holiday traditions. The bread-like cakes, which date back to the seventh century, are packed with candied citrus, nuts, currants, etc. and kept moist with brandy. In 19th-century England, a family's fruitcake recipe was a treasured heirloom. Today the fruitcake, with its fake fruit and neon-colored candy, is ridiculed and all but banished from the holiday table. Still, I'm wondering, is there anyone out there who enjoys fruitcake?

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SaraCH SaraCH 6 years
This is like asking "Food: Love it or Hate it?" There are as many kinds of fruitcake as there are soups or sandwiches. If there are any--even not very good--cooks among you 16% "Undecided", first read this page: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/fruitcakesec.htm Then search for either "banana fruit cake" or "Rose Murray fruitcake banana", and follow the recipe exactly. Lots of ingredients to assemble, but couldn't be simpler to put together & bake. Toast your nuts, soak your fruit (I recommend Grand Marnier; it compliments the nice touch of orange in the ingredients), and use good ripe bananas. You won't taste the banana; it (and the orange) just makes this the most flavorful, dense, moist cake in the universe.
judyannemt judyannemt 7 years
I love it! I love the cheap stuff, the expensive stuff, all of it. I think it's pretty fattening (especially in the large portions I would prefer) so I don't buy it. Unfortunately, no one in my family likes it at all, so if it comes into the house, I eat it all.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
It would be great for my earthquake supply stash. I hear it has a half life of 50 years.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I'm not a fan.
WildStrawberry WildStrawberry 7 years
I don't understand why people hate fruit cake so much, it's so good!
sarahm73 sarahm73 7 years
Thats not fruitcake in the photo. Its plum pudding another Irish/English christmas traditional food.
keiraz keiraz 7 years
why do they sqay fruitcake about someone they think is crazy?
Txredd Txredd 7 years
Love it- as long as it's homemade, not store bought.
itsme3683 itsme3683 7 years
mmmm I love me some good fruitcake.
jessie jessie 7 years
it has to be "real" and not $7.00 one you pick up at the store
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
I'm super torn.. I love it until I run into those things I hate like raisins and mystery candy jelly things.. which is pretty much in like every bite. When I was little I had the patience to pick it all off but not anymore. Ugh.
JanetG0307 JanetG0307 7 years
i agree with most people here...REAL fruitcake is super good and is always a part of my family holidays. i refuse to eat the fake fruitcake with its neon green and red little pieces in it. yuck. now i want fruitcake...
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Not my favorite at all.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
fruitcake scares me - i just can't get into it, and i don't know why - but it's one of those foods/desserts that i just can't warm up to.
piksie007 piksie007 7 years
i've had awful awful american fruitcake, but my mom's family has sent us fruitcake from japan and it was heavenly, like all the sweets from other there. so i put undecided.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
I've never had it but I had to see what other people thought.
Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 7 years
Baking "pear bread" as it's called in Austria is actually a speciality and it's a sign that you're an excellent cook when you can do that sort of stuff and make it taste good.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
My grandma used to make a really delicious REAL fruitcake that we actually fought for at Christmas time. It was so much better than the fake ones you get at the store.
Seka21 Seka21 7 years
I hate it..i hate raisins...yet this week every time ive gone to starbucks i ask for a slice of x-mas cake!!!!! Weird cravings..and im not even pregnant..just getting fat for winter!
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 7 years
I had to go 'undecided' on this one as I HATE store bought crappy fruitcake, but my mother makes the most incredible ginger and chocolate fruitcakes that are nothing like the gross ones you get in stores.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 7 years
Never tried it but I still said "hate it" :) It looks so gross!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
It's good, mind you. But panforte is better.
MeggyPoodles MeggyPoodles 7 years
undecided cause i've never tried it!
psychobabble psychobabble 7 years
I only like the Harry & David fruitcake, it's a little something I inherited from my Dad. Despite my Mom's protests, my Dad always gets a mini fruitcake every Christmas!
wren1 wren1 7 years
Never tried it. It's never around our house.
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