DECEMBER 27, 2019 | NATIONAL FRUITCAKE DAY

NATIONAL FRUITCAKE DAY – December 27

NATIONAL FRUITCAKE DAY

Across the United States, fruitcake lovers young and old, commemorate National Fruitcake Day each year on December 27th.

Made with chopped candied or dried fruit, nuts, and spices and sometimes soaked in spirits, fruitcake has been a holiday gift-giving tradition for many years.

Dating back to ancient Rome, one of the earliest known recipes lists pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins mixed into barley mash. Records indicate that in the Middle Ages, makers added honey, spices, and preserved fruits. Recipes for fruitcakes vary from country to country, depending on available ingredients and tradition.

In the 16th century, two achievements crystallized to make fruitcakes more affordable and accessible. First, sugar from the American Colonies became abundant. Second, it was discovered that high concentrations of sugar could preserve fruits. These two actions resulted in excess candied fruit. Consequently, fruitcake making grew.

  • Typically, Americans produce fruitcakes abundant in fruit and nuts
  • In America, mail-order fruitcake began in 1913. 
  • Charities often sell commercial fruitcakes from catalogs as a fundraising event. 
  • In 1935, the expression “nutty as a fruitcake” was coined. The phrase came about as a result of excess nuts some Southern bakeries added to their fruitcakes due to their access to cheap nuts.  
  • Most mass-produced fruitcakes in America are alcohol-free.
  • Some traditional recipes include liqueurs or brandy. Bakers then complete the fruitcake by covering it with powdered sugar.
  • Some fruitcake makers soaked their fruitcakes in brandy-soak linens believing the cakes improve with age. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFruitcakeDay

Share a fruitcake story or recipe. Or maybe share both. Invite someone to enjoy some fruitcake with you. No matter how you celebrate, use #NationalFruitcakeDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL FRUITCAKE DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar will continue to experiment with recipes until we get it right. In the meantime, we’ve not found the origins of this immortal cornerstone of holiday baking, either. 

Recipe of the Day

Coconut Walnut Energy Bites
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook:  
Total Prep:  15 minutes
Serves 

Ingredients:

20 Medjool dates, pitted
2 cups walnut pieces
1 teaspoon spirulina
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, plus 1/4 cup for coating

Directions

Place walnuts, dates, hemp seeds, spirulina, and 1/4 cup of coconut into food processor and mix until it becomes sticky and starts to form a ball (around 2 minutes). Take dough from food processor and form 1-inch balls. Roll the balls into the remaining coconut to coat them. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Recipes from the Coconut Coalition of the Americas

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