The History Of Your Favorite Christmas Dessert: Fruitcake

Where do you stand on fruitcake?
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When it comes to fruitcake, there are only two types of people: those who wish it was popular all 365 days of the year, and those who genuinely wonder how a cake can be so revolting. Either way, it’s December, and fruitcake is a part of our lives right now. We’re here to tell you who to blame.

During Roman times, they used to eat a dessert called "satura," which is made up of barley mash, dried raisins, pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, and honeyed wine.

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Eventually, other European countries experimented with their own versions of satura. England created plum cakes, which weird enough, didn’t just have plums in them; the cakes were filled with an assortment of dried fruits. Eventually, the whole concept of fruitcakes made its way to the U.S.

Drying out fruit and soaking them in sugar made them last longer, which made it easier for people to import fruit from other countries. According to the Village Voice, "Having so much sugar-laced fruit engendered the need to dispose of it in some way—thus the fruitcake."

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