This 100-Year-Old Fruitcake Was Just Discovered in Antarctica, and It's in Great Condition

An ancient fruitcake was discovered in Antarctica-just in time for Christmas!

IMAGE Antarctic Heritage Trust

If there’s one dessert that becomes extra popular in December, and for holiday celebrations in particular, it has to be fruitcake! Fruitcakes are known for deep, strong flavors that are developed over time—they are often made months before December and brushed with liquor to help it “age.” The longer a fruitcake ages, the better the flavor! Can you just imagine: what would a 100-year-old fruitcake taste like?


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Making a fruitcake from scratch takes loads of patience.


According to a recent report by National Geographic, conservators from New Zealand discovered a 100-year-old fruitcake in Antarctica’s oldest building—a hut that was once a pit stop for explorers setting out on expeditions to the South Pole.


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Complete your holiday spread with a homemade fruitcake.


The fruitcake was found wrapped in paper, inside a rusty tin box. According to the Antarctic Heritage Trust, the cake “looked and smelt ‘almost’ edible.” What a discovery!


Here's a tweak on the traditional recipe: Use dried local fruits and cut into bite-sized bars.

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