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The Great Fruitcake Recycling Project in Denver Colorado

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Fruitcake has got to be one of the most unloved food to ever be created since the invention of the oven. Ever noticed how fruitcake is rarely on someone’s holiday wish list but ends up under the tree anyway? People have many reasons for hating the most re-gifted item every holiday season, but local Denver resident Barbara Bailey says that “fruitcake recycling” is the answer.

Since 2005, Barbara has been recycling fruitcake via The Great Fruitcake Recycling Project and this holiday season she has partnered with Glad Food Protection Products to help support the #SAVEITSUNDAY movement to reduce food waste in the home by collecting your unwanted, uneaten fruitcakes. Between Dec. 23, 2013 and Jan. 24, 2014, readers can send their fruitcakes to Barbara and she will find a good home for them. It’s that easy and kinda fun.

Spread the word to all your friends and lets and find a home for all lonely fruitcakes this holiday season. Since American families waste approximately 25 percent of food and beverages annually, we think it’s time to put an end to the cycle by recycling your fruitcake.

Simply mail it to:

The Great Fruitcake Recycling Project
c/o Garage Sale Industries, LLC
40 W. Littleton Blvd.
Suite 210-278
Littleton, CO 80120

Fruitcake Quotes and Fun Facts

  • A fruitcake is a geological homemade cake. – Charles Dickens
  • If laid end-to-end, all the fruitcakes exchanged in one holiday season would stretch around the equator, causing the majority to sink like lead in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
  • The United States city with the largest fruitcake consumption per capita is Worms, Nebraska.
  • Each recycled fruitcake circumnavigates the globe an average of 27 times before it ends up in the hands of someone who will actually eat it. Aficionados call this “aging” and claim it enhances the flavor.
  • No one has ever purchased a fruitcake for themselves.
  • You can’t make a cat eat fruitcake.*
  • The ancient Egyptians considered fruitcake an essential food for the afterlife. When interviewed, most Americans agreed, stating that they, too, would rather die before eating it.

Visit for more information than you ever wanted to know about the dreaded fruitcake.

Other options for fruitcake is to enter the Manitou Springs Fruitcake toss, this would also break it down into tiny pieces. You can watch the fun in the video at the top of the article.

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