While I’m not sure I’ve ever had an Entenmann’s fruitcake, I am a real big fan of the stuff in general. I’m actually trying to force myself to wait two more weeks before buying any - 'cause once I do it’s pretty much over for the bikini body. In fact, as I type this, a mailer from the Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, Texas taunts me with glossy photos from the side of my desk - complete with its enticing “Offer Code”.)
This thread made me laugh though, reminding me as it did of last year’s brightly optimistic prophesy from some guy named MGZ. I wonder if any of the elements of the pollyannic foretelling will come to fruition:
Fruitcake is about a year or two away from becoming the subject of mainstream cooking show episodes and on an Oprah favorite things list. This year it seems to be getting some momentum with the more hardcore food dorks - suggesting that perhaps fruitcake is closing in on it’s “brussel sprouts” moment. Next year will see a proliferation of the “Where can I find the best?” threads on the regional boards - especially in the hipper places. Two years from now (or maybe just one), every pain in the ass, Rachel Ray ‘Everyday’ subscribing sister-in-law will be posting photos on facebook of the fruitcake they made from a Food Network celebrity’s recipe.
Our battle to remove fruitcake’s laughingstock designation is almost over. Someday we’ll be bitching about its popularity again and enduring the lousy versions that caused its fall from grace. By then, folks like us may have perfected our fruitcake grilled cheese technique or, at least, be planning a “fruitcake pairing” party - “Mmmm, try the pecan-pineapple slice with the scotch. . . .”
Fingers-crossed, you know?