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Man there is some delicious ****ing awesome fruitcake but I have no idea where my aunt got it or if she made it. That stuff in piles at Walmart around the holidays is disgusting and the ingredients are candy and candied fruit with extra candy and six fistfulls of straight sugar...or at least it sure comes off that way...ewwwyuck!
The good one was like kind of chewy and mildly sweet and had lots of flavorful chunky bits but not all candy and sugar for crying out loud! It was like a really dense moist cake with dried fruit trail mix stirred into it...
If you want bad fruitcake it's easy to find. Just thinking about that crud at walmart makes me sick to my stomach and my mouth.
But home made fruitcake is without a doubt my new favorite Christmas/Holiday confection. It's expensive to make because all that dried fruit adds up, but oh my goodness it's amazing.
Think of it this way: most people seem to like banana nut bread or zucchini bread or something like that.
Imagine one of those, but without the banana or zucchini. Add toasted pecans, dried cranberries, cherries, blueberries, golden raisins, currants, candied ginger, orange and lemon zest (all the dried fruit gets macerated for a DAY in rum) and those awesome Christmas spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
Then spray it down with a mist of brandy every other day or so to keep it... well, fresh. Doing that it doesn't dry out and bacteria and molds wont touch it, so you can lay that baby down like a bottle of wine, and it just gets better with age.
Man, I want a fruitcake now, but it would be inappropriate to have one in 90 degree summer.