Friday, November 20, 2015

Perfectly Practical #225 - Tis the Season for Fruitcake

I was sent a Deluxe Fruitcake for review.  All opinions and lack of self-control are my own.
In May, I was asked to review a Collin Street Bakery Pecan Praline Cheesecake.  It was so good that this summer, when Engineer was passing by one of their bakeries while driving home from a business trip, he stopped in and bought another one...along with one of every kind of cookie they make.   We don't just talk about these products folks, we are honest-to-goodness customers.

So when I had a request to write another review for Collin Street, I jumped on it like a duck on a June Bug.  This time I was sent a Deluxe Fruitcake to try. 


I feel like fruitcake gets a bad rap. 

Johnny Carson quipped that there is really only one fruitcake in the world, and it gets regifted by everyone year after year.

Old Aunt Ethel's fruitcake becomes a humorous part of family folklore when she sends what can only be described as a semi-edible brick disguised as a fruitcake, annually to your house.

Then there is always the possibility of using a fruitcake as a doorstop.  Ba-dum-ching!
It's unfair really, to lump all fruitcakes in together.
They most certainly are not made equally.  Collin Street Bakery's fruitcakes are no joke.

For instance, did you know that Collin Street Bakery were the first ones to ship fruitcakes by mail order?  They have been using the same recipe for 115 years and are the gold-standard in fruitcakes.

What makes fruitcake perfectly practical?  I'm glad you asked.
I really feel like fruitcakes are the perfect holiday gift:  they are almost impossible to damage in transit, they are great to serve any time of day to holiday guests, they go with a wide variety of hot or cold alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, and nothing screams "Tis the Season" like a fruitcake.

I have tried my fair share of inferior fruitcakes and for a good portion of my life, I may have even snickered at fruitcake jokes in agreement with their tellers, but ever since trying CSB's fruitcake years ago, I am a fan.
I saw this picture and had to go grab a slice while I typed.  Pardon the crumbs on the keyboard.
I hosted my Bible study group this past week and wanted to serve the fruitcake to my girlfriends.  Some were very familiar with Collin Street's confections (one of them had lived in Corsicana where the bakery's headquarters is) and others had never tried fruitcake stating that it "looked scary."  I am happy to report that my girlfriend who was fearful of the cake actually thought it was delicious and that she would definitely eat it again.

Here's what you need to know about CSB's Fruitcake:

What it isn't:

It isn't bitter.
It isn't too sweet.
It isn't dark and stodgy.
It isn't full of alcohol (although there are tips on their website on how to "doctor" it up.)
It isn't your Ol' Aunt Ethel's brick.

What it is:

It is unbelievably chock full of fruit and nuts.
It is very dense and moist.
It is beautiful and well-packaged.
It is a good value for money.
It is decadent and more-ish!

If you have a person on your Christmas gift list who is difficult to buy for, get them this fruitcake.
If you have a person on your Christmas gift list who has everything, get them this fruitcake.
If you have a person on your Christmas gift list who lives far away, get them this fruitcake.
Basically, get one for anyone on your gift list with taste buds - and while you're at it, order one for yourself!

Then boil the kettle, have a cup of tea and think of how much better that cuppa will be served with a slice of scrumptious Collin Street Bakery Deluxe Fruitcake.

Collin Street Bakery has kindly given my readers a special offer.  Thanks Collin Street Bakery!

Use the keycode
51YUM4
for free shipping on orders over $50.
Offer good through November 23-27. *expired

8 comments:

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    1. Isn't it just gorgeous Ms. Ronda?! How could anyone resist? :)

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  2. Long after the fruitcake is gone, that wonderful little round tin remains! I've got it fully stocked with crayons for the kiddos when they come to visit!

    Let's say I love anything that comes in a pretty tin!

    ;-}

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    1. That's a great (and perfectly practical) idea Ms. Linda! My Maw-maw had a tin of crayons too. :)

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  3. I LOVE Collin Street Bakery!! It was always our favorite stop between home and my college campus. I've never tasted anything there that wasn't absolutely delectable!!!

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    1. I too have yet to find something I don;t like from Collin Street...and I am quite happy to do the research. ;)

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  4. Fruitcake can be hit or miss, but this sounds worth a try :)

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