9 Fruitcake Recipes That Are Actually Good, Because This Dessert Doesn't Deserve Its Bad Rep

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For some reason, fruitcakes have always had a horrible reputation. Giving someone a fruitcake for the holidays often seems to imply that you hate the receiver more than you like them. The saying "nutty as a fruitcake" refers to a person who is just a little bit kooky. "The Fruitcake Lady" first appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno teaching Mel Gibson and Jay how to make a fruitcake (which later evolved into an actual segment called "Ask The Fruitcake Lady" — no need to reference the "nutty as a fruitcake" saying here). Google "suggested uses for fruitcake," and the first link directs you to a page telling you to strap them to your shoes for use as ice skates (along with fruitcake recycling programs). The Washington Post even wrote an article detailing 7 ways to fix fruitcake’s image problem.

I'm here to prove that not all fruitcakes are bad. Maybe we just need to change the way we think about them. Gone are the hard-as-a-rock, soaked-in-brandy-with-red and-green candy fruitcakes of the 1930s. These variations on the traditional dessert are actually edible, and might I add, enjoyable. So go ahead. Volunteer to bring the fruitcake to your holiday dinner. While your family might initially be scared that you’ll carry in a Frisbee-sized sugary hockey puck, their taste buds will soon thank you.

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