Bead throwing, and wild parties: Mardi Gras is an occasion for unabashed celebration before Lent. Celebrated in many French speaking nations, Mardi Gras gives revelers a chance to blow off steam before a long period of deprivation. Mardi Gras in New Orleans features one special food item that ups the sugar ante. King cake, a ring of twisted, sweet yeast bread covered in purple, green and gold icing, is an iconic Mardi Gras dessert. Although the Cajun version comes deep-fried, all king cakes include a trinket. Ranging from a bean to a tiny baby doll, the trinket possesses a special power-whoever finds it is called King or Queen on the holiday, and usually has to give a cake the next year.
Laissez les bons temps rouler, or let the good times roll this year with a king cake. Just be careful not to break a tooth in your search for that baby doll!
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