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There must be something to fruitcake. It appears at Christmas every year without fail. And yet, it’s also the brunt of some serious jokes. (Who can forget Johnny Carson proclaiming that there is only one fruitcake in the entire world: It just gets passed around a lot…)

But thankfully, that’s not all there is to it, according to In Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Story,” some weather officially counts as fruitcake weather, which attests to this seasonal concoction’s staying power and unique deliciousness.

Truth be told, fruitcake in some form goes all the way back to the Romans, who mixed up raisins, pomegranate seeds, barley, and a plethora of nuts to form what was probably history’s first energy bar. Along the way, people began to add spices. And rum. And even some melted butter and sugary glazing. It seems that the butt of many people’s Christmas jokes is actually quite delicious. It’s just that its reputation hasn’t quite caught up with the truth of this holiday treat.

That’s where you and your leftover fruitcake come in. You know it has potential to be truly magnificent, given its long history. You just don’t quite know what to do with it. No problem. We’ve collected some of the tastiest recipes for leftover fruitcake around. We promise. They really ARE delicious. We’ve tried them.

Here are some of our favorites…

1. Fruitcake Bread Pudding

The Times News suggests using your leftover fruitcake as the staple ingredient in a holiday bread pudding. You

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