Monday, January 2, 2017

Fruitcake Toss

Apparently tomorrow will be National Fruitcake Toss Day. Who knew that's even a thing? I happened to hear about it and a quick search revealed an assortment of ways to celebrate. Competitions, community events, and different games to play to get rid of your unwanted fruitcakes.

This year our annual Christmas box from my parents arrived, among the many delicious treats that were packed inside, there was also a fruitcake. We tried to eat it. Really, we did. But it was every bit as awful as most fruitcakes are known to be.

We set it out back for the birds to enjoy.

If I had known that A National Fruitcake Toss was coming up I might have saved it for a little while longer. It could have been a fun addition to our homeschool day.

I was surprised that they even sent a fruitcake, because back during my teenage years our entire family loathed fruitcakes. We always received a lot of them over Christmas and one by one we would quietly get rid of them in various manners, none of which involved actually eating them.

And then one year one of my brothers decided to do something a little more creative with some of the more brick like fruitcakes. He took them and coated them in layers of wood finish until they were glossy and beautiful. They worked quite nicely as bookends and doorstops for a while.

I don't think they still have them, but they were the most enjoyed fruitcakes we ever had.

14 comments:

  1. I still have two pesky fruitcakes in the kitchen. Finding out that tomorrow is National Fruitcake Toss Day is excellent. I may have to see if there are any activities planned in our area, if not I'll slam dunk them into the nearest trash can and call it celebration enough.

    Your brother was very creative to make something nice out of a fruitcake.

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    1. If you get to attend any "celebrations" tomorrow, I would love to hear about it then.

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  2. Send them to me! I love fruit cake! My sister's MIL used to make THE best fruitcake, lovingly soaked in rum and wrapped in swaddling clothes. Unfortunately, they are both gone, now.

    Last year, my best friend got some half-price fruitcake for me after the new year, and managed to snag four two pound cakes. I have carefully doled it out for myself and still have one left.

    Ah, bliss!

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    1. I do make fruitcake every year that we really like. It's a 45 day process, but the end results are so worth it.

      The one that was gifted to us tasted like chemicals, and was so hard I was afraid I might chip a tooth.

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  3. My sister- an brother-in-law have recently traveled to Ireland and fallen in love with the culture. This year, she made "Irish Christmas Cake" and brought it over. It was...fruitcake, only soaked in so much whiskey that the fumes made us all a bit dizzy. My husband ate a small slice and looked ill. Now I'm trying to figure out a decent interval before I can quietly dispose of the remains. In the meanwhile I have it tightly wrapped in foil so it doesn't explode if someone lights a match in my kitchen. (shudder)

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    1. LOL! Sounds as if you got an interesting one.

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  4. Haha! I had no idea! I see your comment on the 45 day fruitcake you make. We too do a 30 day "fruitcake". The recipe is a big deal in my husband's family, but since they call it "Friendship Cake" it never occurred to me (in 21 years!) that it could probably be considered a FRUITCAKE, until a few weeks ago. GOOD STUFF. As you said, the results are so worth it! ...and ZERO candied fruit- who thought that junk up, anyway?!? Ugh! Just for fun, I did the unthinkable and made a batch up last June (What??? Can you do that NOT for Christmas?!? Haha!), and my father-in-law said it was the best one he'd ever had. Ahhh, true praise! I'm still basking in that one. : )

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    1. When inlaws praise food, it usually is bask worthy. :)

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  5. A good fruitcake, sliced thinly, is a treat, but there are a lot of bad ones out there. My mom made several every year, and my sisters and I gifted them to our teachers at Christmas, never heard any complaints. About thirty years ago, I decided to make a "healthy" fruitcake, from a recipe found in an organic gardening magazine. No candied fruit, had various nuts, raisins and dates or figs. Being very frugal then, I cracked all those nuts myself, rather than buying already shelled nuts. Almost sick of the project at that point, I persevered, and baked the cakes. One bite was enough to make me throw out the recipe, and after all that work! My husband is allergic to nuts, so he couldn't help eat up the stuff, either. Live and learn.

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    1. I wish healthy would always equal delicious.

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  6. Would any of you with great family fruitcake recipes be willing to share them with us? I'm always on the lookout for better recipes to try.

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    1. If you click on the recipe link in the labels list to your right and go through all the recipes you'll find the recipe we use every year.

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