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A New Take On Fruitcake

We know what you’re thinking about fruitcake. Forget it. You’ve never tasted fruitcakes like the tropical and chocolate flavored ones made by Deb Lee in Middlebury, Indiana. Really.

When Deb created her recipe in 1989 she made a dozen loaves to sell at a small crafts bazaar, all gobbled up in 45 minutes. Now from October through December she bakes her original recipe, plus two variations: tropical, with macadamia nuts, coconut, papaya and pinneaple and chocolate, with walnuts, apricots, cranberries and raisins.

Fruitcakes in half-pound or 2-pound sizes ($6 or $13; prices may vary), are available by mail or at the Next Door Neighbor, a bakery-deli on the farm Deb tends with her husband, Gerald, that is open from 6am to 2pm Monday – Friday and 6am to 1pm on Saturdays.

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