These treats are King

These treats are King

Mardi Gras is synonymous with several culinary traditions (Hurricane, anyone?), but our favorite festival treat is undoubtedly King Cake.

The ring-shaped pastry is made of rich brioche dough, glazed and topped with gold, green, and purple sprinkles, and stuffed with a little plastic baby (called the “fève”), which is said to bring good luck. The colorful confection is a New Orleans staple this time of year.

But even if you’re not in the Big Easy, you can still take part in the sweet festivities. Here are five tasty riffs on King Cake from around the country:

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The made-from-scratch King Cake French Toast from Half & Half eatery in St. Louis will bring a dose of Mardi Gras fun to your morning.

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STK is serving a special twist on their classic Bag O’Donuts. These dulce de leche-filled donut holes got a special Mardi Gras makeover for the occasion. 

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San Diego’s vegan bakery Nomad Donuts debuted these fluffy, King Cake-inspired donuts on Fat Tuesday. And we need all of ’em.

Washington DC’s Italian osteria Centrolina is getting into the Big Easy spirit. Their take on King Cake features sweet dough filled with a cocoa-almond cream, cream cheese frosting, and Royal-colored sprinkles. With the toy baby to boot. 

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If happen to be in N’awlins, the options to get classic King Cake seem endless. But the decadent, pull-apart monkey bread inspired by classic cake at Emeril’s can’t be missed.

“Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

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