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125 Year-Old Fruitcake

 
 
Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 10:41 am
I was aware that fruitcake could hold up a good long while...but this long?



TECUMSEH, Mich. - A fruitcake that is an estimated 125 years old - an artifact of holiday cheer - is expected to make a tasty debut of sorts when it's introduced on national TV.

Morgan Ford, 83, of Tecumseh, is taking his great-grandmother Fidelia Bates' fruitcake to Burbank, Calif., to share a piece with Jay Leno on Tuesday's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

The cake rests in a glass bowl, covered by a glass top. A large raisin and what might be a clove are visible among the brown mass - Ford says it's fossilized - that emits a pleasant odor of spices.

Its baker died in Berkey, Ohio, in 1879 and the cake remained untouched for 85 years.

Not much is known about the origin of the cake; even the recipe is lost.

"I don't think my dad knew anything more about it than I do now," Ford said.

Ford intends to pass along the fruitcake to his son, James Ford, of Tecumseh.

"I guess I don't have anything else that's a family heirloom," James Ford said. "It's history. I think my dad gets a little more fun out of it than I do."
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roger
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 11:50 am
Sounds like something I would win as a door prize.
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 11:52 am
Might make a good doorstop though, roger.
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Laeknir Scrat
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 12:11 pm
Most fruitcakes are very old.

They are given one Christmas as a present. Kept by the receiver until next Christmas, when they are given again as a present.

It has been calculated that the average life span of a fruitcake is 29 years.

You have to be weird to actually eat a fruitcake.
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colorbook
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 12:25 pm
I think it has to be an acquired taste. Old fruitcake doesn't sound very appetizing. Some liquors improve with age, but does food? What keeps it from molding?
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Greyfan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 05:45 pm
The oppression continues:

http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/12/10/Consumers/fruitcake031210
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Acquiunk
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 06:04 pm
Oppression? I'm not certain about that. I've thought fruitcake was a clear and present danger for years.
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roger
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 07:10 pm
What makes you think mold could live on the stuff, colorbook?
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 07:23 pm
Should be doing the show from Claxton, Ga 'The Fruitcake Capital of the World'.

Claxton
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blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 07:24 pm
I saw the headline and was disappointed to find this was not a thread slogging Dick Cheney.....
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roger
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 08:40 pm
Mr Stillwater wrote:
Should be doing the show from Claxton, Ga 'The Fruitcake Capital of the World'.

Claxton


On a per capita basis, possibly. In absolute terms, you probably haven't been to southern California.
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Greyfan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 08:44 pm
I like fruitcake.

There, I said it. I'm out of the closet.
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roger
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 10:50 pm
Provide address, Greyfan. Send freight charges in advance, cuz these babies are dense.
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Greyfan
 
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Reply Thu 25 Dec, 2003 07:52 am
Thanks for the offer. But I am able to acquire all the fruitcake I need locally, there being no great demand for the stuff.

Merry Christmas!
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Wilso
 
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Reply Thu 25 Dec, 2003 08:47 am
My Mum makes the best boiled fruitcake in the world. 125 years old? Any she makes are lucky to make it to 125 minutes!
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Sun 28 Dec, 2003 11:42 pm
125 years old! Hah!! I gots me a 5,000 year old fruitcake!!

http://www.wholelifetimes.com/Images/maclaine.jpg
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