Once quite a coveted food item, fruitcake served as a celebratory or wedding cake that dates back to ancient Roman times. What started off as a pomegranate seed, raisin, pine nut, and barley mash medley, eventually evolved to include honey, spices, and fruit preserves during the Middle Ages.

It’s common knowledge that fruitcake isn’t North America’s favourite sweet; it’s the butt of quite a few jokes. Take the Annual Fruitcake Toss in Colorado; while the event is mainly a food drive, people purge themselves of unwanted fruitcakes by tossing them in a competition.

If so loved in the past, when did the hatred begin?

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