Courtesy of Abita
Courtesy of Abita
In New Orleans, the end of the Christmas season marks the beginning of a new season: Carnival. Jan. 6 represents what New Orleanians call Kings Day or Twelfth Night — a date that some branches of Christianity recognize as the coming of the Epiphany, which concludes the 12 days of Christmas. In New Orleans, this day is most commonly associated with the beginning of the long-awaited Mardi Gras season!
Mardi Gras would not be as popular as it is without some of the many unique traditions that come with it. Along with a plethora of parades and other celebrations, the consumption of the king cake is one of the most common and well-known carnival customs. With every bakery in the city churning out its own version of the king cake, there is no lack of the sugar-coated treat. In fact, there seems to be a king cake for every taste — sweet, savory, filled, gluten-free, vegan, kosher, or even “adult” king cakes filled with a boozy concoction. Everyone seems to have their own opinion on which cake is best, and who are we to tell you whether you are right or wrong? What we are really impressed with, though, is the amount of king-cake-inspired creations popping up throughout New Orleans. Here is a list of items to help you have your cake without eating it too.
King Cake beignets - Bayou Bar at the Pontchatrain Hotel
Mardi Foie king cake - Kingfish
King Cake Frey Shake - Frey Smoked Meat Co.
“Pour Me Something Mister” snowball - Snola Metairie and Snola Uptown
King Cake ice cream – Creole Creamery
Mardi Gras King Cake coffee – Community Coffee
King Cake soda – Abita Brewery
King Cake burger – Food Drunk Food Truck
Doberge King Cake – Debbie Does Doberge at Bakery Bar
King Cake doughnuts – District Donuts, Sliders & Brews
King Cake shake – Atomic Burger
King Cake smoothie – Smoothie King
King Cake bread pudding tart – Sucre
King Cake Martini- Trinity
Carnival season will be over in a flash, and you do not want to miss out on this festive time of year. What are you waiting for? Go grab one (or a few) of these unique treats today! And as the locals say, “Laissez le bon temps rouler!”