I don’t like fruitcake. I also don’t know anyone who likes fruitcake. I also have not known anyone who did like fruitcake. It has therefore always been a mystery as to why fruitcakes persist. I believe there may be a sampling bias, where a confound within my social circles means my observation that people hate fruitcakes is precise, but inaccurate.
My neighbours liked it. I’ve never really had it, that I recall. I think it’s a pop-culture thing to make fun of fruitcake, like Brussels sprouts, pop music, etc. that plenty of people like, but enough people dislike to have cause to mock it.
There is a region in far, far West China called Xinjiang Province (pronounced Shin-Jee-Ang), it is mostly populated by Turkish muslim ethnic minorities. Anyway, they have the most awesome fruitcake I’ve ever had, and you can buy it all over the place from street vendors. You can find it in large cities in the East as well, but I haven’t found it in the dinky little place I’m in. Anyway, a handfull of the stuff weighs about as much as an anvil. This is the best picture I could find.
I brought some fruitcake, as a joke, to our Christmas tailgate before the Buffalo Bills game last year. I had tried it in the past and never liked it. But this stuff was from Wegmans and it was actually not that bad. It was chewy, not hard, and the flavor didn’t make me want to puke. I wouldn’t make a habit out of it, but I think if it’s made right, fruitcake can be edible.
edit: the fruitcake is in between the growlers in the middle of the pic
You guys know that there’s a candy that’s more than thrice as hard as fruit cake, right? It’s called panela and it’s plain, crystallized sugar. I once broke one of my father’s hammers while trying to break a particularly hard one.
That’s really intense. It’s like breaking nail-clippers cutting a fingernail. It probably doesn’t feel as awesome since it was candy that broke it instead of your beastly fingernails, but it’s probably pretty cool nonetheless.
After reading all the comments above… it is rather uncomfortable saying this, however… I’m actually a fan of fruit cake! and I’m quite surprised that everyone hates it so much and despises it! When properly made and eaten fresh… it’s actually quite nice!