December 27, 2014 – NATIONAL FRUITCAKE DAY

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NATIONAL FRUITCAKE DAY

Across the United States, fruitcake lovers young and old, celebrate National Fruitcake Day each year on December 27.

Made with chopped candied or dried fruit, nuts and spices and sometimes soaked in “spirits”, fruitcake has been a holiday gift-giving tradition for many years.

Rome is believed to be the creator of fruitcake and one of the earliest recipes known comes from ancient Rome listing pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and raisins that were mixed into barley mash.  Records indicate that in the Middle Ages, honey, spices and preserved fruits were added.  Recipes for fruitcake vary from country to country depending on available ingredients and tradition.

Sugar from the American Colonies along with the discovery that high concentrations of sugar could preserve fruits, created an excess of candied fruit hence making fruitcakes more affordable and much more popular starting in the 16th century.

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