Which Is Better, Figgy Pudding Or Fruitcake?


by Jaizon Jenkins

There are different types of desserts for the holiday’s and there are also two infamous dishes around the holiday time, figgy pudding and fruit cake. I have had neither one of them, but they both look nasty but sound really good.

For those who don’t know what figgy pudding is, figgy pudding is a rich boiled pudding made with flour, suet, figs, and other dried fruit. Traditionally, it is eaten during Christmas and it’s sounds absolutely delicious but after researching, it looks like Christmas poop.

I’ve never had it but I would try it even though it looks repugnant. According to senior Ramel Williams. “I like figgy pudding. I think it’s better than fruit cake and I have it every Christmas for dinner.”

Freshman Ananiah Byrd said,“ I like fruit cake. I think fruit cake is better than figgy pudding, I only eat is on the holidays or on special occasions.”

Senior Ornella Sankeu said, “I like fruit cake. I only eat it when someone has a birthday. I think neither is better.”

I don’t claim that either one is better but it’s kind of like in the middle with these two dishes. I wonder where figgy pudding even came from. Who just randomly put chocolate and whatever else that is in it together and turn it into a pudding?

According to the internet, “In America, Christmas pudding, also known as plum pudding or figgy pudding, is a dish as famous as it is misunderstood.” For fruit cake, “In the earliest recipe from Ancient Rome lists pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins that were mixed into barley mash. In the Middle Ages, honey, spices, and preserved fruits were added.” [1]

Basically both of these dishes are different random ingredients put together to make something sweet and delicious. I bet someone said, “Hey let’s put meat and fruit together to make a cake and to be honest with you on that it would sound really interesting to me.”