Oh my, it’s fruitcake weather

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Three kinds of fruitcake were once the centerpiece of our holiday dessert table. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

copyright the Chronicle December 22, 2015

by Elizabeth Trail

There is a persistent rumor that there’s only one fruitcake in the world. It just keeps getting rewrapped and passed along.

Generally speaking, people either love fruitcake or they hate it. And after a lifetime of trying to talk people around on the subject of fruitcake, my research suggests that there are more people in the hate it than love it camp.

Blame it on the Claxtons. They’ve been making fruitcake since 1910. Selling Claxton fruitcakes used to be a popular fund-raiser for bands and churches around Christmas time, and they’re still available at Walmart and other outlets.

A Claxton fruitcake is the size and consistency of a doorstop, and devoid of flavor.

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