'You wouldn't drive no 250 miles to buy no sorry
fruitcake, would you?'
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.
Fruitcake customer Irene Lucas says she loves the whole
"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.
"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
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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