Got a rock-hard, flavorless fruitcake sitting on your kitchen counter 'cause your next door neighbor was a little too neighborly this holiday? Toss it! Got a too-tiny knit sweater that your Aunt Alma made especially for you because she's convinced you're still in the third grade? Toss it! Okay, so the cake might get more air, but it might make you feel just as good to fling the sweater through the air like you jus' don't care. The Great Fruitcake Toss is Generation Y holiday formed in rebellion of our parents and grandparents' love for the Christmas letdown that masquerades as cake. There is something so satisfying about tossing, catapulting, hurling or kicking the fruity brick of a cake, so much so that there is now a holiday institutionalizing it.
Since 1995 fruitcake tossin' has taken it's rightful place somewhere between seasonal tress reliever and olympic sport. The Great Fruitcake Toss, held anualy in Manitou Springs, Colorado, is comprised of different events such as farthest through, best form, and most traveled fruitcake. Check out the video for some cake flinging in action!
Don't worry if your family and neighbors have evolved beyond the fruitcake-giving tradition, we've got the perfect recipe for you to make one of your very own. This whiskey-laced fruitcake recipe from Jeanne Benedict a more delightful version of it's crumblier, blander cousin.
The fruitcake toss as a holiday extends beyond the event itself, and the fruitcake is more a crusty composite of all the bad gifts given in the history of Christmas. In honor of the secondary tradition of throwing unwanted presents, I polled the Celebrations team to see if they ever got any gifts worth tossin':
Sharmy: Exon roses and grow-your-own-dinosaur eggs from a 25 cent machine at a gas station.
Erik: a bright orange sweater.
Michelle: a Snuggie.
Samara: nail polish that came free with a department store beauty package.
Jaclyn: a brown flannel-corduroy blazer with a lace-up back.
Melissa: stocks...in the second grade.