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Okay, just how bad is that candied fruit you can buy at the grocery store? An embarrassing admission...

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Okay, just how bad is that candied fruit you can buy at the grocery store? An embarrassing admission...

Katie Nell | Dec 15, 2006 03:55 PM

I always get these ideas in my head at the last minute and then I get stubborn about them! My mom really likes fruitcake and I wanted to make her some for Christmas this year. Of course, I thought of this a couple of nights ago! Now, I know fruitcake purists say to only use good candied fruit and that you have to make them far in advance... I get that and I appreciate that. However, me and my stubborn self went to the grocery store last night in search of the ingredients for the Fruitcake Gems from Rose's Christmas Cookies. First, I went to Whole Foods and they didn't have anything, which I was a little surprised at, and I figured if I can't get candied fruit there, I'm probably not going to find it anywhere else in Kansas City. So, then I head on to my local grocery store to get the rest of my groceries and there in the baking aisle is candied fruit! So, I decide to go ahead and get it knowing full well that it's probably crappy and Chowhounds will laugh at me! So, then I go home to make the little gems and halfway through realize I don't have molasses- so I'm pissed at myself and decide to hold off until tonight.
Should I...
A.) Go ahead and make the fruitcakes with the candied fruit, it's not that bad? (I tasted it, but I've never had good candied fruit, so I have no comparison!)
B.) Do the quick version of fruitcake from Alton Brown that gridder posted about?
or
C.) Give it up and do it next year with proper timing and proper candied fruit?

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