Yikes! It's National Fruitcake Day

Yikes! It's National Fruitcake Day

Ah, the love and hated fruitcake.

Proving that there truly is a day for everything, today is National Fruitcake Day.

On social media, many used the hashtag #NationalFruitcakeDay to share their sentiments on the polarizing holiday treat.

The fruitcake we all love to hate can be traced to the Middle Ages when dried fruit became more common, according to Smithsonian. 

Not always. In the 18th and 19th century, fruitcakes were made for special occasion likes weddings, but it’s unknown why they became associated with Christmas, according to Smithsonian.

It’s unclear when the fruitcake went from a sweet treat eaten during celebrations to the butt of holiday jokes. According to Smithsonian, the fruitcake may have met its demise in the 20th century when fruitcakes were prepackaged and available through the mail.



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