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Dec 7, 2009 02:02 AM

Mail Order Fruitcake

Please where is the best place to buy mail order fruitcake? Yes, I love fruitcake! Thanks!

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  1. This is the place that taught me how good fruitcake can be

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    1. re: coll

      Collin Street Bakery fruit cake is the best, changed our minds about fruitcake when we first received it as a gift years ago. Our friend sends one every year and we now cut it up in pieces and freeze for future snacks.

          1. re: coll

            hey fruitcake eating my Collin Street fruitcake and gotta ask what do you see in this? It tastes blah and undercooked..seriously disappointed...

            1. re: phelana

              My mother has sent me one every year since the 80's. Every year I beg her to stop. In the last few years she's been sending me their Apricot Pecan Cake. A little better, but..,. The nice thing about these fruitcakes is you can forget about them until May, and they still taste the same. Just leave them out on the counter.

              1. re: phelana

                That's sad, I haven't had one in several years so maybe it changed? I should order next year and see for myself if it matches my memory.

                1. re: coll

                  Coll, whilst I do appreciate referrals and recs here it makes sense to make suggestions based on recent experiences? What do you think? It was really a bad cake. I appreciate your time.

                  1. re: phelana

                    Since they're been around 100 years (more or less) and are so proud of their famous recipe, I doubt that they changed it, but of course I can't say for sure. I'm guessing it was more cake-like than you were looking for? My mother used to buy something at the supermarket every Christmas when I was young, that was so so dry and disgusting (maybe Entennmanns?), so I thought I hated fruitcake, then I was given this one and became a fan, but eventually (inevitably for me) moved on to making my own. I will use qualifiers when recommending this cake in the future: I've heard of the Monks cake mentioned here too and wonder if that is very different? Sounds more boozy which is part of the charm.

                    1. re: coll

                      It tastes like is too moist and pale and yuck..I had a second piece and am tossing it to the squirrels if they will eat it. I do prefer a dark fruit cake and one with currents and fruit..this has stale pecans on top and mush inside..again, like dates. So disappointed. I emailed them my feedback and have had no reply.

                      1. re: phelana

                        Date nut bread is one of my favorite things, so that's probably what I loved about it so much.

                        1. re: coll

                          i love date nut bread too..not in a fruitcake..I wrote a disgruntled letter and they are sending me another..maybe it's undercooked..dunno...rant over..nite all

      1. Depends on what you like. I got one from Gethsemani Abbey this year and it was AWESOME. Must like bourbon, though...

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        1. re: akq

          My absolute favorite. The Bourbon fudge is good too, as are the sensational Trappist cheeses.

        2. My favorite is the Harry & David fruit cake, except I think they're sold out right now. If there's a Harry & David store or outlet near you, you might check to see if they have any left. Lot's of fruits and nuts and little cake...once rated the best fruit cake by Consumer reports.

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          1. re: monku

            I'll second the Gethsemani Abbey recommendation. Very boozy, moist texture and complex flavor like a good steamed Christmas/Plum pudding.

            Another one of my favorites is the fruitcake made by Holy Cross Abbey.


            Similar to the Gethsemani, but a more delicate, sweeter booziness, with a somewhat drier texture (not necessarily a negative thing) and larger chunks of high quality fruits n' nuts.

            I love both, and they really are a welcome change from what most people associate with the much maligned fruitcake.

          2. Bien Fait in Greenboro VT makes all of its products with love.
            bonus points: owners are "fortunate" and donate profits to charities.

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