Question Of The Week: What's Wrong With Fruitcake?

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After all, those things from the Collin Street Bakery aren't bad. And the five or six people who take the time to do homemade ones the old fashioned way (steeped in booze) probably turn out brilliant cakes.

Or maybe not.

For some reason, few dishes besides rancid pork and salt-cured calf fries are subject to more scorn than the much despised fruitcake. This hardly makes sense, considering the festive colors and seasonal flavors. So what's going on? Why do fruitcakes stir up such a commotion? And if everyone hates them, why do you see them everywhere this time of year--and don't give us the "it's the same one" line.

Results from last...results from two weeks ago, in which we asked if Thanksgiving deserved better TV specials...

It was a slow week when we asked this. People were on vacation, spending time with family, that sort of thing. Power outages affected some. And the sun was in their eyes.

Those are our best excuses as to why so few pause to answer the question. Couldn't be that the question itself was somehow flawed.

Or--yeah, this is it--the shortage of responses in a sense answers the question. By the time Thanksgiving approaches, people are already looking beyond, to How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and all those Scrooge knock-offs on sitcoms...if there were any sitcoms.

Tijbbari did reference a great Simpson's episode. But the most likely answer came from luniz: "Who wants to watch crummy cartoons after stuffing yourself for 4 hours. That's the ideal time to put on some Bruce Willis flick, turn the home stereo up to some excruciatingly obnoxious volume, and pass out in front of the tv. Something difficult to do with a bunch of annoyingly happy singing kids on the tube."

We'll stand on that.

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