Do you eat fruitcake?

Discussion in 'The Iron Chef' started by Wayne, Dec 25, 2009.

Do you eat fruitcake?

Poll closed Jan 24, 2010.
  1. Yes, I love it.

    10 vote(s)
  2. Yes, if it is served to me.

    9 vote(s)
  3. Only certain ones.

    11 vote(s)
  4. Never tried any.

    11 vote(s)
  5. I re-gift them

    1 vote(s)
  6. No. Fooled me once, never again.

    6 vote(s)
  7. I would starve first.

    11 vote(s)
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  1. Wayne

    Wayne Tempus faciendi, Domine.

    Saw a similar poll over on the Sawmill Creek forum:

    Much maligned by comics, fruitcake is a seasonal staple.

    Do you eat it, regift it, throw it out?

    [to protect the innocent, no votes in this poll will be made public]

    And I will say that the fruitcake that my sister-in-law sent, from Neiman Marcus, was great. Maybe the best I've ever had.
  2. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

    There are a few fruitcakes, although I haven't had any for years, that are simply delicious.
  3. BJClark

    BJClark Puritan Board Doctor

    Well, even though this isn't a public poll, my answer will be made known...I can't say as I've EVER HAD fruit cake.

    I've not received it as a gift, I've not bought it..I've not had it at parties..didn't have it as a I can't say if I like it or 40+ years..I've never had fruit cake...
  4. Idelette

    Idelette Puritan Board Graduate

    There is only one type of fruit cake that I like; Italian Panettone cakes. Other than that, I don't really like typical fruit cakes at all. :)

  5. baron

    baron Puritan Board Graduate

    My father used to send me a fruitcake every year and I enjoyed them. Have not had fruitcake in years since my father died. Too cheap to buy one.
  6. Herald

    Herald Administrator Staff Member

    I was doing some brick work a few years back and ran out of bricks. A Claxton fruitcake did the job.

    Youse guys believe me, right?
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2009
  7. Wayne

    Wayne Tempus faciendi, Domine.

    Yep, Bill. We believe you.

    Yvonne: I hadn't thought of Panettone as a fruit cake, but you're right. Trader Joe's dropped their price this on them by $1. We like to use them to make a great bread pudding. Our fondest for them was tempered by someone at work wondering aloud how it is that the bread stays soft for so long and mold doesn't set in.
  8. Athaleyah

    Athaleyah Puritan Board Sophomore

    I like certain fruitcakes that people I know have made, but I almost invariably hate the packaged ones.

    The one Panettone I had was too dry... I don't know if they are all like that, but I've never tried one after I had the first one. My husband was looking at them at World Market a few weeks back but I wasn't interested. He's never had one and thought they looked neat.
  9. Southern Presbyterian

    Southern Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    Back when I worked for CVS Pharmacy, we were removing the fixtures from an old store that had relocated to a new building. We found a Claxton fruitcake that had to be at least 10 years old. We opened it and it still appeared to be "fresh" -- that is, it was still soft enough to be cut with a pocket knife. However, no one was brave enough to give it a taste. :lol:

    I haven't had a store bought fruitcake since. ;)
  10. Oecolampadius

    Oecolampadius Puritan Board Sophomore

    I love fruitcake and I feel hurt whenever people malign that pastry.
  11. AThornquist

    AThornquist Puritan Board Doctor

    If I was stranded on an island with a fruitcake, I would definitely consider eating him.

  12. Ruby

    Ruby Puritan Board Junior

    I am fascinated that some of you have not even tasted fruitcake. Over here it is very popular and traditionally is used, iced with mazipan, for wedding cakes. I had a friend living in US who found it difficult to buy the mixed fruit for our recipes. They can be expensive to make and it is the rum which preserves them for such a long time!
  13. Rich Koster

    Rich Koster Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I equate getting a fruitcake with someone putting their quarterly property tax bill in a card and considering it a gift.:D
  14. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    There are some fruitcakes that are delicious. Others that really should be embedded in mortar. There seems to be little middle ground. My father has struck up a continuing correspondence with a former POTUS thanks to a fruitcake recipe. It is really quite a humourous story.
  15. Herald

    Herald Administrator Staff Member


    I was forced by my mother to eat a piece of my aunt's fruitcake. It had these little green things in it that reminded me of boogers. I gagged and made such a fuss that my mother finally told me I didn't have to eat any more.

    Another fruitcake story. My aunt used to package her fruitcakes and give them as holiday gifts. My grandmother always received it graciously. She would take it home and break it down to crumbs into a big bowl. She would stand on her back porch and feed it to the birds! For some reason she never swore me to secrecy with her sister (my Aunt), but it wasn't necessary. I was only a kid, but somehow I knew it was not something to be talked about.
  16. jwithnell

    jwithnell Moderator Staff Member

    The guy that started Claxton Fruitcake was Italian, so the Panettone is likely the inspiration. Way back, people going down old US 301 to go to Florida started buying the fruitcakes in Claxton, GA and taking them home.

    I like the idea of fruitcake, but not the citron, a major flavor, and the other candied fruits. I've had it made with fresh fruits, and that's pretty tasty.
  17. Reformed Thomist

    Reformed Thomist Puritan Board Sophomore

    Fruitcake is awesome.
  18. Galatians220

    Galatians220 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I didn't try a fruitcake until I was about 40. Found out then that some of them are absolutely delicious. Now, though, due to allergies, the only ones I can eat are those without artificial colors (the Blues, the Reds, the Yellows). And those constitute about 0.00001% of all fruitcakes.

  19. au5t1n

    au5t1n Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I don't think I've tasted fruitcake either. But it's only been 19 years for me...
  20. turmeric

    turmeric Megerator

    You can use fresh orange peel instead of citron, the white pith on the inside of the peel. I stopped making them b/c of the expense. I believe soaking them in rum or brandy for a few weeks is best. Also, dried fruit, such as figs or apricots and lots of nuts can make them delicious. I could have bought one for $12 the other day but that's a lot od dough right now (could be a pun there) and I'm also trying to diet. I only wanted one piece!
  21. Presbyterian Deacon

    Presbyterian Deacon Puritan Board Graduate

    I do not eat fruitcakes, although I have met a few.

    O wait, those people were another kind of "fruit cake." :doh:
  22. Peairtach

    Peairtach Puritan Board Doctor

    I don't like the rich fruitcake associated with weddings and Christmas, at least in Great Britain. It also has marzipan, which I like, and thick white icing, which I don't like.

    You need a cup of tea or something else to wash it down anyway. It's too rich.
  23. a mere housewife

    a mere housewife Not your cup of tea

    If I was stranded on an island with a fruitcake, I would consider using it as a raft. (Some kinds of fruitcake float -- I googled it. In fact it appears that there is a rumor that the Titanic actually struck not an iceberg but a floating fruitcake.)
  24. Galatians220

    Galatians220 Puritan Board Post-Graduate


  25. Berean

    Berean Puritanboard Commissioner

    You know a lot about fruitcakes, Heidi. :D
  26. Scott1

    Scott1 Puritanboard Commissioner

    Not one of the poll options.

    But finally, a suitable use for fruitcake, finally, has been discovered:

  27. toddpedlar

    toddpedlar Iron Dramatist

    Given that "you are what you eat", I'm not about to partake of a fruitcake...
  28. a mere housewife

    a mere housewife Not your cup of tea

    Thank you.

    Other times a fruitcake *may* have been involved in history:

    It may have been a regifted fruitcake on which Hannibal crossed the Alps.

    (I'm drawing a blank as far as the whole rest of history at present, so that's the only example I can come up with.)
  29. Berean

    Berean Puritanboard Commissioner

  30. Rich Koster

    Rich Koster Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Even a dumpster diving, rat brain eating, 9 lived kitty can't handle fruit cake !!!
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