The Famous Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, Texas Is Getting a Movie
The big screen has come calling.
In October, while the rest of the South gets ready for Halloween, in Corsicana, Texas, they are prepping for fruitcake season. The weeks between late October and early December are the busiest time of the year for the 123-year old Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, as they ship some 800,000 pounds of fruitcake to every corner of the globe.
Fruitcake has a bit of a bad reputation thanks in part to Johnny Carson’s crack that “there is only one fruitcake in the entire world and people keep passing it around.” That has not stopped fans from flocking to the Collin Street Bakery’s outposts in Corsicana, Waco, and Linfield each holiday season or ordering one of their DeLuxe Fruitcakes online.
They have had time to build up a serious fan base, since the bakery has been following the same family fruitcake recipe since 1896. That was when master baker Gus Weidmann came to Corsicana from Wiesbaden, Germany, with a recipe for a fruitcake made with pineapples, papaya, golden raisins, orange peels, and pecans. He and his partner, Tom McElwee, set up shop in the Texas town, which is about 50 miles outside of Dallas, and started making a fruitcake empire.
Unfortunately, over the many years of their business, a bad apple crept into the fruitcake factory. Sandy Jenkins was the bakery’s long-time corporate controller and during his tenure at the company started to embezzle funds from the beloved bakery. By the time he was caught, he had stolen a staggering $16.6 million. While his friends and neighbors and employers wondered about the luxury cars, vacation homes, and wine collection that Jenkins paraded around town, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, he told everyone he and his wife had inherited some money. While the crime itself was shocking, the community was stunned that anyone would want to harm the local icon. “Everyone holds the bakery dear to their heart,” one local told the Star Telegram, asking, “How dare they hurt the bakery?” Jenkins was finally caught siphoning funds in 2013, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2015. He died in March at a Fort Worth prison hospital, according to the Corsicana Daily Sun.
While some people may prefer to move past the whole ordeal, Hollywood has come calling. Now, Will Ferrell and Laura Dern are set to star in a new Hollywood movie based on the crime spree at the Collin Street Bakery, according to KWTX. In the film, which is slated to start filming this year, Ferrell will play Jenkins and the newly-minted Oscar winner Dern will take on the role of his wife, Kay. The name of the film? Fruitcake, of course.