|Fruitcake by Matthew Bietz|
Fruit Cake Day
There have been numerous jokes about it. It used to be the most unwanted gift ever. Passed around from family to family year after year, no one wanted to eat it. 47% of people who receive a fruitcake throw it away. 11% of of people who receive a fruitcake re gift it. Did you know a fruitcake can be stored for 26 years and still be edible.
Songs have been sung about it. Ever heard of the Holiday Lament?
Every January, residents of Manitou Springs, Colorado host the Annual Great Fruitcake Toss. Games include,
- Catch the Fruitcake - Team members catch fruitcakes launched from their team's device.
- Accuracy with Targets - Targets are placed at distances of 75 feet, 125 feet and 175 feet with the objective to land or hit a target.
- Most Creative Launch/Crowd Pleaser - Teams are tasked to execute an inventive launch as judged by the crowd.
- Best Showmanship - Peoples Choice Award - Teams are judged by costume, decorated devices and slogans. http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/menus/fruitcake3.htm
In 2006, one fruit scientist blew fruitcakes out of a bomb calorimeter -- a metal box that allows for small-scale food explosions -- just to measure the calories it contains.
If you don't want to throw your fruitcake out you could always play shuffleboard with it. That's what the residents at one nursing home does every year. http://thecoaster.net/wordpress/2008/12/18/don’t-toss-that-fruitcake-play-with-it/
There is even a Great Fruitcake Recycling Project! The project was founded in 2005 and has recycled 623685 as of 2:27 PM Eastern time 12/27/12. http://www.fruitcakerecycling.com
Despite the bad American reputations there are many who still make this holiday dessert. Just Google fruitcake and you will find alot of recipes among the bad jokes, videos and other interesting articles. Fruitcakes use to be a popular dessert in the United States. That all changed with television. Fruitcake has been the butt of jokes on shows like the "Father Knows Best" and "The Donna Reed Show." Johnny Carson continued the tradition when stated on the Tonight Show there was only one American fruitcake. It had been passed from family to family for years. After he died making fun of the fruitcake became even more popular. In 2003, Jay Leno tasted a fruitcake that had been kept as a family heirloom by the Morgan L. Ford family of Tecumseh, Michigan. It had been baked in 1878.