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The Fruitcake That Wouldn’t Die

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Dec 14, 2020
The Fruitcake That Wouldn’t Die

Fruitcake has often been the butt of jokes, considered an inedible block that gets re-gifted year after year. But it’s also been a beloved baked good for generations — and one of the most famous is Jane Parker Fruit Cake. Jane Parker was the private label brand of A&P, the company that basically invented the modern supermarket. But when A&P went bankrupt, this beloved fruitcake was nearly lost to history. We talk to the two brothers in New York City who saved this fruitcake from extinction. Then Nikita Richardson, senior staff editor at New York Times Food, chats with us about her favorite gift ideas, and Team Sporkful offers their own gift recommendations for the holidays!

Show Notes: 

Moka Pot Review

Aarke Sparkling Water Maker Review

Great Jones Holy Sheet Pan Review

Nikita’s Best Food Gifts of 2020

Omsom Southeast Asian Sampler

An Ode To Banán Macadamia Nut Honey Butter 

Fancy Vinegars Reviewed

YesFolk Yaupon Kombucha Vinegar

How Ethel’s Club Began Offering Free Grieving Sessions

How 16 Black Business Owners Have Fared In the Pandemic


Emma’s Recommendations: 

Cookish by Chris Kimball

Wandering In Strange Lands By Morgan Jerkins


Tomeka’s Recommendations:

Temperature Controlled Water Heater

Cookie Jar


Andres’ Recommendations:

Vegetable Kingdom by Bryant Terry

In Bibi’s Kitchen by Hawa Hassan


Dan’s Recommendations: 

Every Night Is Pizza Night by J. Kenji López-Alt

The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg


Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

  • "Wreck The Halls" by Jack Ventimiglia
  • "Birthday Party" by Kenneth J. Brahmstedt
  • "Layers" by Erick Anderson
  • "Call" by Nona Marie Invie
  • "Brand New Day" by Jack Ventimiglia
  • "Pumpernickel" by Karla Dietmeyer and Olivia Ann Diercks

Photo courtesy of Jane Parker.

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