How was it that fruitcake became the culinary punchline of the holidays? And what does Truman Capote have to do with the dense baked good?
Mental Floss tackled these questions and more in a round-up of facts on the traditional treat.
Truman Capote's connection comes from a short story he published in Mademoiselle in 1956 about two cousins baking a fruitcake. And the baked good enjoyed by British royalty has Johnny Carson to thank for making it the butt of holiday jokes.
But our favorite fun fact? There is a piece of fruitcake in the Smithsonian that has actually flown to space and back. That's one well-traveled loaf.
→ Read more: 15 Fun Facts About Fruitcake from Mental Floss