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'You wouldn't drive no 250 miles to buy no sorry fruitcake, would you?'

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Texas town gets the last laugh on fruitcakes

December 24, 1996
Web posted at: 3:15 p.m. EST

From Correspondent Rebecca Rodriguez

CORSICANA, Texas, (CNN) -- The fruitcake is probably the most misunderstood dessert around, the Christmas tradition that gets no respect. But not in Corsicana.

Corsicana is home to the Collin Street Bakery, which has been turning out gourmet fruitcakes for 100 years.

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Fruitcake customer Irene Lucas says she loves the whole thing.

"The nuts and the fruits, everything," she says. "They're known all over the world, you know."

The Collin Street Bakery is open year round, but at this time of year it goes into high gear. Thirty-three-thousand fruitcakes are baked every day during the Christmas rush. Don't try telling these people nobody likes fruitcake.

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"Fruitcake is like anything," says bakery president Bob McNutt. "It is like journalism, or like news stations, you know there are some that are very very good and some that are very very bad."

The Collin Street cake is 80 percent fruit and nuts, McNutt says, including about 27 percent pecans.

"We get letters from people who say, 'I never liked fruitcake until I tried yours,'" he says.

The orders come in from around the world -- by phone, by Internet, and by mail, some addressed only to "Fruitcake City, Texas."

Collin Street fruitcakes are on some of the most exclusive gift lists in the world. The king of Belgium buys these cakes. So does Princess Stephanie of Monaco.

And then you've got the other regulars -- the Corsicanans and their neighbors -- some from several hundred miles away..

"You wouldn't drive no 250 miles to buy no sorry fruitcake, would you?" Buddy Franklin says.

'Tis the season for fruitcake jokes, and the people in Corsicana will laugh right along with them. And then they'll turn around and keep on baking the beloved cake that turned this little bakery into a $30-million-a-year industry.

 
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