PET No-Bake Festive Fruitcake Recipe

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PET No-Bake Festive Fruitcake Recipe

PET No-Bake Festive Fruitcake Recipe

This is perhaps the classic, most famous, no-bake Christmas fruitcake recipe, dating back to at least 1954.

Estimated Prep Time: 25 minutes

Estimated Cooking Time: 15 minutes



Line a pan with waxed paper. (You can use a plain pan such as a loaf pan, or a fancier pan such as a ring mould, etc. The pan should be 5 to 6 cups / 1.5 L in volume.)

Mix in a large saucepan the milk, the marshmallows, and the orange juice concentrate (don't add water.) Put over medium-heat, and stir until the marshmallows have melted, then remove from the heat.

While still hot, stir in the spices, then stir in the dates, raisins, walnuts, candied fruit and candied cherries. Then stir in the graham cracker crumbs.

Press into the lined pan, and cover tightly with plastic wrap or other such covering.

Put in fridge for two days.

When doubling the recipe, use an angel food cake pan that is 9 x 3 inches (12 cups) / 23 x 8 cm (3 L.)

See the baking pans entry for more information on swapping in other sizes.


Recipe notes

Make 2 days in advance. The See Also below contains a link to this recipe's history.

The story behind this recipe...

  • PET No-Bake Festive Fruitcake
    The PET Festive Fruitcake recipe started appearing in American magazines and newspapers by at least 1954 (based on reputed sightings in the Farm Journal in 1954.) The goal of the recipe was to promote the use of PET Evaporated Milk as an ingredient in holiday cooking.

    Click here for the recipe >> The recipe first appeared in magazines as an almost full-page advertisement, then was carried for years at American holiday time on the side of tins of the evaporated milk.

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