It’s that time of the year when parades are held, beads and masks are worn and King Cakes are eaten – all to celebrate Mardi Gras. Baked fresh from braided Danish dough, shoppers can stop by the neighborhood specialty grocer to pick up the tasty treat! Not celebrating in New Orleans? King Cakes are available at all 155 The Fresh Market stores nationwide!
Did you know? The King Cake’s name originates from the Biblical three kings. The tradition of the King Cake dates back to the Middle Ages, when popular devotion during Christmas included celebration of the “Three Wise Men,” or “kings,” who had followed a star leading them to the Christ Child. As a symbol of the Epiphany, a small plastic baby figurine is baked in a traditional King Cake, and tradition holds that whoever finds the baby in their slice is responsible for buying the next year’s cake. (The Fresh Market includes the baby outside of the cake so shoppers may enjoy the fun of hiding it themselves!)
Garnished with decorative beads and coins, The Fresh Market’s King Cakes will be available for $7.99 through Fat Tuesday, March 4, or while supplies last. Shoppers can choose from two scrumptious flavors: cinnamon and cream cheese. For hours and locations, visit http://www.thefreshmarket.com/all-stores/.