Before: I don't like fruitcake. Bleah.
After: Oh, wow. I like fruitcake. This fruitcake, anyway. Who knew?! Again, wow.
... the reason for your fruitcake about face might be that it's not, strictly speaking, a fruitcake. Panforte (Italian for strong bread) is somewhere between fruitcake and a spicy candy. I've made it every year since I studied in northern Italy, and I find it to be a most superior Christmas snack. Glad you enjoyed it!So maybe I still don't like fruitcake. But panforte is okay by me.