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Jay Leno sunk his teeth into a vintage Christmas treat.
updated 12/24/2003 4:53:38 PM ET 2003-12-24T21:53:38

Jay Leno was warned that he may need a doctor, but went through with eating a 125-year-old fruitcake anyway.

“Is it crystalized?” Leno said before eating a small bite pried from the cake with a pocketknife.

“It needs more time,” he said after a deliberate chew.

Morgan Ford, 83, of Tecumseh, was a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” He brought his great-grandmother Fidelia Bates’ fruitcake to Burbank, Calif., to share a piece with Leno for Tuesday’s night’s show.

Ford is the caretaker of the fruitcake, which has been handed down through generations.

Ford’s daughter, Julie Ruttinger of Tecumseh, e-mailed “The Tonight Show” recently about her family’s antique fruitcake after seeing “The Fruitcake Lady” on the show. She wanted to tell them “we’ve got the real fruitcake.”

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