Why Fruitcake, the Maligned Holiday Treat, Is Finally Getting Some Respect

Business is brisk this season, whether you like it or not

Growing up in Chicago, Isabelle Kyrk loved eating fruitcake during the holidays. Her family would order one from the Trappist monks at Gethsemani Abbey, who’d bake a cake of mixed fruit and raisins and nuts, dunk it in Kentucky bourbon and ship it off. Kyrk and her five siblings savored every bite.