|Claxton Water Tower|
|Original Claxton Bakery|
The second bakery, the Georgia Fruitcake Company makes a darker, richer cake spiked with bourbon. John Womble, the current bakery owner, claims that the fruitcake is making a comeback as a popular outdoor, energy giving food to hikers, walkers and campers because their recipe will not spoil when its opened. the rich tasting fruitcake has allegedly even been taken by one mountain climber to the top of Mt Everest!
It is interesting to note that Claxton considers tourism associated with fruitcake sales essential to its economic survival, unless of course you take into account the popularity of its only other claim to fame, the annual Rattlesnake and Wildlife festival!
Of course, there is another contender for the title on the horiazon . Corsicana in Texas, dismisses Claxton's claim, and promotes itself as the Fruitcake Captial. The Corsicana bakery, the Collin Street bakery claims to be older, making delectable fruitcake from a traditional recipe from Wiesbaden, Germany and introduced to USA by Gus Weidmann. This is another story, and If I have a spare day, I might delve into this part of fruitcake history a little more.
Tomorrow, I hope to introduce you to a woman whose life was devoted to fruitcake.
* Information in the post came from www.npr.org and company websites.