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FRUITCAKE, DTW

Ok..one of my favorite local confectionary businesses just posted this question on their FB page and I thought I would ask it to see if there was a different answer on Chowhound?

Does anybody really like fruitcake?

The second part to this question (my addition)..

If you do, any suggestions for a local purveyor?

I will proudly admit I like fruitcake. I'm not a fan of the super glumpy, weird brands that you can find at the grocery store during the holidays but I have enjoyed some really great fruitcake from local bakeries while I was living in the Chicago area.

Any other proud or closeted fruitcake eaters out there?

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  1. I have always been afraid to try fruitcake, but want to give it a shot this year. I am eager to hear which fruitcake I should try so I am not ruined forever on it.

    1. LOVE good fruitcake (not the lousy stuff, as you note) and at this point only get it from Assumption Abbey mail order (from the Ozarks). Had fantastic homemade once, but otherwise haven't found a local one I love. Then again, if Zingermans makes it, I have not tried theirs (which will certainly be $$$$).

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      1. re: HillsofBeverly

        I've had Zingerman's Stollen and it is good. Does that count as "fruitcake"?

        1. re: momskitchen

          Mom, no they're not the same. Stollen is a sweet bread with added fruits, sometimes with an almost paste in the middle -- very much a coffe cake kind of deal. (BTW, Trader Joe's has a very good one seasonally -- reminds me of my mom's. ) Fruit cake is much more dense, darker and spicier almost as much dried fruit as cake batter. I love both.

          1. re: momskitchen

            That doesn't count...lol. There is candied fruit in stollen but it's really so completely different in texture and taste. Oh great...now I want stollen too. I'm heading to the Birmingham Winter Markt this weekend hoping to find some treats, somebody is bound to have stollen!

            1. re: Jack Freeman

              The Kris Kringle market is this weekend (Dec 2-3) in Rochester. I know last year the Give Thanks Bakery (German owner/baker) had stollen among their holiday goodies for sale.

          2. I'm in your corner, Jack. Many years ago I made it, and it aged with splashes of whiskey and was delicious. Those long rectangular things with the weird plastic cherries aren't fruitcake as I know it. A great fruitcake is a wonderful thing. But I can say the same about plum pudding as well --- dark, spicy, incredibly moist and a little boozey. What's not to like?

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            1. re: berkleybabe

              "dark, spicy, incredibly moist and a little boozey. What's not to like?"

              Also sounds like a very memorable date!

              Just my wayward mind going on....

              1. re: Bada Bing

                That was so wrong and yet so utterly hilarious. I love it!

                1. re: boagman

                  In my defense, I am a genuine fruitcake fan and would share recipes, but the OP asks for local purveyors.

                2. I'll ask around at the office today and see what people have to say....

                  1. The Free Press had a whole list of local purveyors to select for chow gifts. The monastery/abbey in the UP has a wonderful two-fer fruitcake thing...I've read it's just delicious. But pricey - maybe $65 for both fruitcakes? When my ship comes in I'm totally ordering.

                    1. yup, I like fruitcake.
                      The best however is home-made. Made with ingredients to your liking, wrapped in a linen napkin or towel that has gone out of service, stored in the "fruit cellar" and well splashed with brandy once a week for 12 to 24 weeks. I can't suggest a purveyor as, considering the cost, it is difficult to have tried much of a selection ... and encountering samples at a party or event is unusual. So for the money, which is not insignificant for most decent store-bought fruitcakes ... making ones own yields the most certain results.
                      Goes good with port or sherry, with scotch, and many other refreshments.
                      Didn't see even a one over the holiday this year (of course, there is still a couple weeks left in the Christmas holiday ;-) ... wish I would have gotten going on making some around October of last year.

                      1. I love fruitcake and I'm not afraid to say it.
                        A coworker made one last year, and he may have conjured up some magic doing it, because it was realy really hard not to grab the thing and run off into the desert and sit under a mesquite and gobble the whole thing down. He poured rum over it, and i dont' even like rum, but this fruitcake was the best ever. He didn't bring one in this year, more's the pity for his coworkers.