Of Claxton Fruit Cakes and Peppermint Pigs...

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    Dec 05, 2007 12:04 PM GMT
    With Christmas coming up I find myself ordering a couple of 'special' foods for gifts for friends, and a couple for myself even though I know I won't be able to eat more than a single bite.

    Just something that means CHRISTMAS, that it would not be CHRISTMAS without.

    Every region has their own thing...

    In Georgia it's a Claxton Fruitcake, moist and filled with candied fruit and nuts; the only fruitcake I have ever found to be edible.

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    For one friend in Saratoga, NY it's a 'Peppermint Pig' - a small pig - just a few inchs long, shaped out of peppermint candy, that you cover with a silk cloth and break with a hammer for good luck.

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    In Boston when I was a kid there was a very old candy shop that candied slices of fruit

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    Maybe something that reminds you of your childhood or grandparents... Does your family have one?

    For one of my elderly aunts it's 'Ribbon Candy', for another it's 'Maple Leaf' cookies...

    What is yours?

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    Dec 05, 2007 1:04 PM GMT
    For me its a mix of the following:

    1) Sugar cookies in the shapes of cookie cutters my mother bought when I was a toddler. Nothing like a soft sugar cookie (with white icing with sprinkles) in the shape of a Santa, star or snowman

    2) Peanut Brittle

    3) Brach's cordial cherries

    4) Fudge & Peanut Butter Fudge

    5) Pepper nuts (prepared by some family friends, but I have always hated those things)icon_mad.gif
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    Dec 05, 2007 4:24 PM GMT
    Butter-scotch candies, Candy-canes, Peanut Brittle, home-made ice-cream.

    >HndsmKansan---There are a lot of different ways to make "pepper nuts" or Pfeffernuesse, what don't you like about them?
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    Dec 05, 2007 4:43 PM GMT
    Chex mix and home made fudge. Mmmm!
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    Dec 05, 2007 4:43 PM GMT
    ITjock, you haven't had the fruitcake that my husband and I make every year. Very moist and delicious, packed with rum-soaked dried fruits, but no nuts (I'm allergic to them). Made a whole batch of them in late October, but still waiting to bite into them.

    My favorite foods were more culturally based, honey-coated strufli, sfgolitelle, ricotta cheesecake - all lovingly made by my grandmother.
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    Dec 05, 2007 4:44 PM GMT
    I miss my mother's homemade sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies. It's been several years since I've had 'em.

    --Adam
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    Dec 05, 2007 4:45 PM GMT
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    GELD: chocolate 'gold' for a prosperous new year ....... KUGELHOPF (and Panettone): breakfast for all of January and then some!
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    Dec 05, 2007 6:21 PM GMT
    Foie Gras

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    Dec 05, 2007 10:47 PM GMT
    My mother is a great baker. For Christmas we get about nine different varieties of cookies. There are also usually two or three different cakes. The one store-bought treat I can think of is pfeffernuesse cookies (they're made of spice and molasses).

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    Dec 05, 2007 10:49 PM GMT
    Porter cake! It's the best thing in the world ever. Honestly. It makes you gain roughly 20lbs for every lb you eat, but it's yum
  • Timbales

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    Dec 06, 2007 1:15 AM GMT
    OMG, Those candy fruit pieces are addictive.
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    Dec 06, 2007 2:14 AM GMT
    Home made fudge and fruitcake

    Truman Capote has a wonderful short story about fruitcake "A Chritsmas Memory" ...sentimental but well written