‘Fruitcake Or Nope?’
I’ll Admit, It’s Grown On Me Over The Years
Saran-wrapping the rest of my dollar store mini Panettone (ya, I can’t bring myself to spend the money on a big expensive one yet) and sitting down to write this, it reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend recently.
As she and I we were wandering around Fresh Street Market, I was tempted to buy a Christmas fruit cake but I held off that time.
My friend had told me her aunt makes a popular one and sends it to her every year. Though she is grateful for the thought, my girlfriend can’t actually stand the stuff.
I empathized with her as I used to loathe fruit cake myself.
However, over the years I have come to really love it. Like sour cream, horseradish, black licorice, olives and sushi, my stomach and taste buds did not formerly approve of those foods.
I always wanted to like everything because there is so much to enjoy and try in this world so, over the years, every time I didn’t like something, I would make myself try it again. Sometimes items would grow on me and others (like picked herring or head cheese — like, does it have to say cheese but it’s not cheese in it and why do people eat it at room temperature?) still haven’t.
I’m not sure if my friend will stick with her offing of the loaf when it actually comes but she mentioned she’d pass it along to me when it showed up in the mail. Sweet.
So, do you fruit cake or nope? Many do and many don’t but like cilantro it’s one of the other. No grey area.
Other debatable Christmas enjoyments include mincemeat tarts, marzipan and canned oysters. Those are all a hard pass for me as well. How about you?
Are there any cringe-worthy items Aunt Bunny sends that you just aren’t overly excited to consume?
Side note…iff anyone out there is like my friend and isn’t a fan of fruit cake and you’re looking to get rid of it, I’ll gladly take it off your hands!
For those interested in the history of the nutty, fruity, spiced festive loaf…here ya go:
Fruitcake 101: A Concise Cultural History of This Loved and Loathed Loaf
smithsonianmag.com The action of Truman Capote's 1956 short story "A Christmas Memory" is set into motion when a…
Short one tonight,