November 18th, 2004 · 20 Comments · Uncategorized

Do you know what time it is? Nope, not the holidays. Nope, not time to get your rear end moving on your crochet Christmas gift list. It’s fruitcake time! Mmmm… I’m eating a slice right now!


Love it or hate it. That’s what they say. I used to be a hater. Now I’m a lover. The one above is just plain ol’ Hostess because that’s all I can get my hands on right now. I’m hoping to snag a few of the Claxton Fruitcakes often sold by Civitan groups this time of year.

So… if your dear, sweet Great Aunt Mabel mails you one of her lovingly baked fruitcakes every year but you wish she wouldn’t, how about sending it to me? *wink*

(December 28, 2009)
I have exciting news for Ann Page fruitcake lovers! The fruitcakes sold by A&P grocery stores, which are actually called Jane Parker fruitcakes, are now available for purchase online at A&P’s web site. A&P (the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company) began selling their long-beloved fruitcakes online in 2008.

When I was growing up in Maryland in the 1970s, we shopped at an A&P grocery store. I didn’t eat fruitcake then, but my parents did, and I remember well shopping with my dad and buying them there. I thought A&P had gone out of business, but it appears that A&P stores are now located in only New York and New Jersey.

When I wrote this post about fruitcake in 2004, I didn’t expect that it would be popular for years to come. To my fellow fruitcake lovers, thank you for visiting my blog, and please feel free to leave a comment! And if you order a Jane Parker fruitcake, I hope you enjoy it and that it is as wonderful you remembered!

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with A&P grocery stores and do not receive any income from my links given above to A&P. I’m simply sharing the good fruitcake news!

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sUsAn // Nov 19, 2004 at 12:43 pm

    “It’s fruitcake weather!”
    (-fr. Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory) My dad always say that quote this time of year. I was never a fruitcake fan growing up but am known to enjoy a slice or two now that I have some sense. ;)

  • 2 Patti // Nov 20, 2004 at 9:18 pm

    Claxton fruitcakes. Made not too far from here. And did you know fruitcakes freeze well, and those that don’t, soak in rum, then who cares. Will send you one, they are out here already, but need your address. Here in Georgia we have been gettingt hem for about 2 mths and will till weekafter Christmas. Then they do suddenly disappear.

  • 3 rebecca // Nov 18, 2004 at 10:23 pm

    eeeewwwww, i’m a hater – green cherries, man, that’s just wrong
    he he he

  • 4 Vera // Nov 20, 2004 at 1:38 am

    I confess, I love fruitcake. I think the green cherries are interesting.

    I’m glad that my MIL makes a great fruitcake with a starter batter that’s well over 50 years old and loads of fruit and rum–no green cherries, though.

  • 5 deb // Dec 12, 2004 at 7:26 pm

    I love love LOVE fruitcake! My Grandma makes the best. She bakes loaves and loaves of it, the weekend AFTER Thanksgiving. Whatever batter is left over, she makes into small muffins… we get to sample those – and she tortures us by not letting us get into the rest until Christmas eve.

    I am drooling right now. :-)

  • 6 Julie // Nov 18, 2004 at 11:05 pm

    I must be turning into a Great Aunt Mabel. I remember my “Aunt” Mimi used to bake them every year herself and I’ve taken up the tradition in her abscence.I made mine just a few weeks ago: they are busy now soaking up the brandy. ;)

  • 7 Leisel // Nov 19, 2004 at 6:11 am

    I never understood why people hated it so much. It must be there are some bad storebought ones out there. My mom and grandma make fruitcake for the holidays, and it is just SO GOOD! My FIL begs me every year to get my mom to send him one.

    So, I guess I lucked out growing up in a good fruitcake family, where I wasn’t spoiled to it by childhood ickiness.

  • 8 Jenn // Nov 19, 2004 at 5:04 pm

    I think this is the first exposure I’ve had to the concept that there are people that eat fruitcake in the world…

    I’m with Rebecca…green cherries…yucka!

    If I come into ownership of any fruitcakes, I’ll be sure to ask for your address. :)

  • 9 Julie // Nov 19, 2004 at 12:04 am

    I worked in a bakery for a few years and never did learn to like them no matter how many we made. Cranberry-Orange bread, now that’s my holiday bread/cake of choice!

  • 10 Kimberly // Nov 19, 2004 at 12:57 am

    My aunt used to bake fruit cake like crazy during the holidays. For years I loved it.
    I still think fruit cake is pretty, though.

  • 11 Kari Holtz // Nov 18, 2004 at 8:00 pm

    My Dad used to get a big fruitcake in a tin every year for Christmas from the company he worked for. I remember they always gave it away to someone else.

  • 12 Lisa // Nov 18, 2004 at 10:30 pm

    My Grandma used to make the best fruitcake. She just passed away this year, and it will be the first Christmas without her fruitcake. How sad. When I was growing up (with a fruitcake every year baked by her) I didn’t know there were people who despised it so much!

  • 13 amanda // Dec 5, 2004 at 7:59 pm

    not a fruitcake fan and they are big here in louisiana. my ma makes a mean bourbon nut cake for the holidays and that is great. if you want a fruitcake, email me and i’ll ship one your way!

  • 14 Beth // Nov 19, 2004 at 2:23 am

    well my sisters and i have a fruitcake we mail around to each other this time of year.. its about ohhhh 10 years old LOL ..

    but i am lucky enough to live near the southern supreme fruitcake maker here in NC.. supposed to be the best in the world .. not so sure about that .. but its pretty damned good .. they even had an article done on them in Southern Living magazine that is how good they are !!

  • 15 melissa // Dec 1, 2004 at 9:49 pm

    you can have all mine. I’m a “hater”. yuk! lol

  • 16 Rachel // Nov 18, 2004 at 8:16 pm

    You’re making me hungry! :-)

  • 17 bill // Dec 24, 2006 at 5:18 pm

    the best fruit cake i ever received were the ones my mom sent to me while i was in the navy in the mid 50. they came from the a&p brand name ann page i think. hey beat out all the other store bought and home made cakes by far. i still remember how good they were.

  • 18 Joe // Nov 27, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    I would give an arm leg for an ann page fruitcake for christmas

  • 19 Bill // Jan 5, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Count me among the Ann Page fruitcake lovers. This is a great childhood memory. At this time of my life I lived on Long Island and you could get these at the local A&P. I really would love to track down the recipe or someplace I could buy one.

  • 20 Ernie // Dec 28, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Us too. My wife got through her 1964 pregnancy on Ann Page fruit cakes. She would hide them in the back of the fridge so that she did not have to share. I sure would like to find one to see if they really are as good as I remember. Someone took over the Eight O’clock coffee brand and is doing great. Maybe someone can do the same with the Ann Page fruitcakes. A & P disappeared from Louisiana and Texas many years ago. It is amazing how their store brands live on.

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