Evonne Morken has heard all the fruitcake jokes and she's sick of her favorite holiday treat getting a bad rap.
The 83-year-old Spring Grove woman was so fed up that a few days before Christmas she wrote a letter to the editor, which was published in the Winona Daily News, saying she doesn't understand why people don't like them.
They get a bad rap, she says – she thinks they are "yummy."
Morken even offered to take the "hard-as-a-rock and heavy-as-cement" fruitcakes off people's hands if they didn't want them.
And she was serious – she'll take any fruitcake you've got.
She told BringMeTheNews she didn't do this just to score some free fruitcakes – she was just defending the treat she loves from all of the insults hurled its way. Weeks after her initial letter to the editor, she hasn't gotten any yet.
If someone wants to send her one, though ...
"I would just love it!" she said.
Her birthday is Feb. 24, when she'll turn 84 – and a perfect way to celebrate would be with her favorite treat.
"I'll take UPS or FedEx or mail or whatever," she said about people sending their unwanted cakes.
She used to bake the fruitcakes herself, but hasn't been able to for "many years" because of her arthritis.
"That dough gets pretty thick ... all that yummy candy fruit and stuff," she told BringMeTheNews.
The last time she had fruitcake was three years ago when she bought two little ones. Morken sliced them up and put them in her freezer so she could have a piece whenever she wanted.
Those two lasted her a year, she told the Rochester Post Bulletin.
She plans to do the same with her next fruitcake – whenever she may get one.
If anyone is interested in sending her a fruitcake, just give her a call at 507-498-3898.