Clean Up After The Great Fruitcake Toss
Being a Pig Has Never Sounded
Another Great Fruitcake Toss came and went and what an event it was! Like always, the Toss was a spectacular day filled with family, friends, fun, and of course, fruitcake. And as the good people of Manitou Springs cleaned up from a wild weekend of cake chunking, a curious question tugged at the corner of our minds: “NOW, what happened with all those leftover fruitcakes?”
We really had no idea. So, we reached out to Jenna, the lead coordinator of The Great Fruitcake Toss, to ask. And, the answer she gave knocked our socks off!
“Dear Food & Fruitcake Lovers,
We understand you have concerns regarding the perceived waste of leftover fruitcakes after The Great Fruitcake Toss event. With an event of this nature, we certainly want to be clear that we do not condone the abuse of food products -- especially while our community and our country face a daily national food crisis. In fact, one of the charitable recipients of the event’s proceeds is the Manitou Springs Food Pantry. By asking those attending to bring in non-perishable food items in exchange for entry tickets, we strive to support our local community. Rest assured, the Great Fruitcake Toss’ overall net impact is providing more food to those who need it - not depriving them of it.
Additionally, the fruitcakes available for purchase at the event this year are made with only three ingredients: coffee, flour, and raisins. When participants purchase a cake to toss, they may take it home with them and eat it if they choose. The cakes are baked in a commercial kitchen and security-sealed by a trained kitchen staff who adhere to all public health regulations. While these cakes may take a tumble during each years’ events, they are still perfectly safe for consumption.
For those who choose not to take their cakes home, they may deposit them in a bin as they exit the event. The bin of leftover cakes is then delivered to Smokebrush Farm at SunMountain Center. Here, the cakes are unwrapped and fed to Jezebel, an 11-year-old Micro Vietnamese Potbelly Pig. As a biodynamic farm, Smokebrush Farm has been a proud partner of the Fruitcake Toss and creates the no-waste cycle for our rentable fruitcakes.
If you have more questions, please feel free to contact us at the Manitou Springs Chamber and we’d be more than happy to address them all. You can also see a video of Jezebel the pig and last year’s fruitcakes here!
Thank you to all our fruitcake fans out there!"
Special Events Coordinator
Leftover Fruitcake? - We’ve Got An Idea for You!
Now, just to be clear, we don’t recommend feeding our leftover fruitcake to your pets. Our fruitcakes are meant for people! But, we do encourage you to find new and exciting ways to indulge your human sweet tooth. In fact, we just recently dreamt up an amazing new recipe! It’s called DeLicious Fruitcake Dessert Dip. Made with six simple ingredients, plus our DeLuxe® Fruitcake, this dessert dip is scoopable, snackable, and downright addictive.