Tasty Gifting: Week 1
During the month of December, I’ll be offering up some ideas for locally made food gifts for your holiday shopping. We all know our local small businesses could really use the love this year, and who doesn’t enjoy giving a little something tasty that represents 417-land? I’ll have a different theme each week, and for the first week of December I’m starting with a (perhaps divisive) Christmas classic: fruitcake. This super-sweet, super-dense and often-boozy dessert is sometimes the butt of holiday jokes, but we’re firmly on Team Fruitcake over here. When done well, it can be a delight. Here are three great places to order one for a gift or for your holiday table:
This little monastery in Ava has long had a reputation for making some of the best fruitcakes. The monks who live there hand make these fruit-laden cakes every year using a time-honored recipe and ship them all over the world. Order a 2-pound cake for $35.
These fruitcakes with a delightful amount of nuts and fruit are made in the campus bakery at College of the Ozarks, a place known for making tasty goodies by hand and sharing them with 417-land. Order a 2-pound cake for $30.
This Springfield-based business slings all things date-related, and that includes the Date Lady Fruitcake. Sold in a loaf instead of a ring, this smaller cake uses dates for the fruit and date sugar to sweeten but still has the signature nuts and rum soak. Order a 1-pound cake for $22.99.