Stollen at the Weihnachtsmarkt

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Weihnachtsmarkt
Münzgasse
Dresden, Germany
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Dresden, Germany: What's 8,000 lbs. and never goes bad?

Stollen at the Weihnachtsmarkt

Consider, if you will, the fruitcake.

There are many reasons to visit Dresden's Weihnachtsmarkt, the oldest continuously running Christmas market in Germany (it's been going on since 1434), but we'd like to draw your attention to the fruitcake.

Never mind that we've yet to meet anyone (German or otherwise) who actually enjoys fruitcake. Or that it's somewhat indistinct in flavor (this is why "hard sauce" was invented) and eerily unperishable (when the world ends, all that'll be left is cockroaches and fruitcake, because even they don't want to eat it).

The fact is, fruitcake is still around because it screams "Christmas"—perhaps nowhere more loudly than here, in Dresden's Manzgasse, every December, when an 8,000-lb. stollen is proudly paraded through the town until it wends its way to the center of the market, where the Stollenmädchen ("the fruitcake maiden") presides over the ceremonial slicing of the cake, slivers of which are passed out to everybody in sight.

Bravo, fruitcake. Sometimes, staying power is its own reward.

Photo: weihnachtsmarkt-dresden.de

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