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A traditional holiday fruitcake.

Holiday fruitcake has quite a reputation.

According to Forbes, late-night talk show host Johnny Carson once said of the maligned dessert, "The worst Christmas gift is fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the world, and people keep sending it to each other."

Known for its long shelf life, fruitcake can last for years while remaining edible, particularly when it is pickled or aged and stored properly. In the United States, Dec. 27 is recognized as National Fruitcake Day.

Fruitcake used to be a staple during the 18th and 19th centuries and was considered a delicacy because of the expensive materials, according to Smithsonian.com. However, once it became mass produced and largely shipped by mail order, it left consumers with a bad taste in their mouths (pun intended) due to its dry texture.

However, there are those who are quite fond of the food. Many brands on Amazon have received hundreds of reviews while maintaining excellent ratings.

The following is a list of top fruitcakes found on Amazon. Our list is based on a minimum of 100 reviews. Duplicate products of different volumes were also omitted.

1. Claxton Five-Pound Regular Recipe Fruitcake

Amazon.com

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

**Notable positive review:** "By far the best fruit cake in the world" "People that say they do not like fruitcake like this fruitcake."

**Notable negative review:** "I gave these a gifts this year. I hope the people I gave them to are not disappointed."

Price: $29.99 for 5 pounds

2. Claxton Dark Recipe Fruitcake

Amazon.com

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

**Notable positive review:** "A perfectly adequate fruitcake, even a good one."

**Notable negative review:** "Hardly any cake in there."

Price: $19.99 for 2 pounds

3. Assumption Abbey Traditional Fruitcake in Traditional Tin

Amazon.com

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

**Notable positive review:** "Best ever! Totally lived up to its reputation"

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**Notable negative review:** "For the price I had expected more."

Price: $53.95 for 2 pounds

4. Grandma's Fruit Nut Dessert Cake Ring Fruitcake

Amazon.com

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

**Notable positive review:** "Mom loved it."

**Notable negative review:** "Too gooey. Made it hard to cut into nice pieces for serving."

Price: Currently unavailable

5. Light Fruitcake Ring

Amazon.com

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Notable positive review: "Only fruitcake that I like."

Notable negative review: "Tastes like cheap candied fruit."

Price: $49.97 for 3 pounds