“The Magnificent History of the Maligned and Misunderstood Fruitcake,” by Jeffrey Miller, Associate Professor of Hospitality Management at Colorado State University, posted in The Conversation on Dec. 17.
Jokes about fruitcake are almost as legion as jokes about mothers-in-law. But did you know that the gooey treats are edible for decades due to the “trifecta” of sugar, low-moisture ingredients, and high-proof spirits?
Professor Miller relates, “Two friends from Iowa have been exchanging the same fruitcake since the late 1950s. Even older is the fruitcake left behind in Antarctica by the explorer Robert Falcon Scott in 1910. But the honor for the oldest known existing fruitcake goes to one that was baked in 1878 when Rutherford B. Hayes was president of the United States.”
Some of you may recall helping a grandmother chop up the fluorescent green citrus and other sticky fruits in the preparation of a favorite family recipe. For modern-day fruitcake lovers, there is a certain high-profile store in Cambridge that delivers the best!
Read “The Magnificent History of the Maligned and Misunderstood Fruitcake” at https://tinyurl.com/2p8r9h7t