December 27 is National Fruitcake Day!
What would the holiday season be without a loaf of fruitcake that has jumped from freezer to freezer for anywhere from two to two dozen holiday seasons?
Fruitcake is a cake made of chopped candied or dried fruit, nuts and spices, then soaked in brandy. It is also a traditional Christmas gift. It is also almost always re-gifted.
Yes, it’s quite possible that no one has actually made a fruitcake in years.
So if you received/receive a fruitcake this holiday season, be sure to get rid of it – that is, pass it along to someone else – before the holiday season is over and fruitcake is no longer an acceptable gift. Otherwise, you’re stuck with it until next year…unless you enjoy fruitcake. Then you can actually eat it, which is perfectly fine, as fruitcake is meant to be consumed.*
Three-and-a-half ways to celebrate National Fruitcake Day:
1. Re-gift the fruitcake(s) you have received this holiday season.
2. Eat the fruitcake(s) you have received this holiday season.**
3. Make a fruitcake, which you can then:
- Give to someone as a gift, just to get a fresh fruitcake out there.
*If you do eat a fruit cake you received as a gift, we hope that it has undergone proper fruitcake storage. When properly preserved, fruitcake can last for months, even years – hence, the re-gifting. Some people even say fruitcake gets better with age. This implies that someone out there has eaten really old fruitcake, so eating really old fruitcake must be ok. However, this statement is vague, so eat at your own risk.
**If you are unable to re-gift the fruitcake, have no interest in eating it and do not want it to take up space in your freezer during the next year, save it for January 3. Further instructions will be provided on January 3.
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