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Collin Street Bakery Fruitcake
Old-People Christmas Thing. 1947-Present
Your great uncle used to send a mail-order fruitcake to your family every Christmas, but that ended in 1989. A Collin Street Bakery fruitcake is an industrial product of the middle 20th century, like metal filing cabinets or bakelite telephones. The gift ones come in a metal tin, like danish butter cookies do. The tin has a sort of Victorian Alamo Cowboy Holiday thing going on.
The cake inside is delicious, dense, covered in plastic, full of candied fruit in bright primary reds and greens.
A few years ago there was an embezzling scandal at the bakery, that prompted a pretty great Texas Monthly article.
Unless you have elderly relatives in Texas, no one is going to send you one this year. You’ll need to order it yourself.