Almost everyone has a favorite aspect of Mardi Gras. For some people, it’s the parades, whether of happy revelers, adorable children or endearing animals. For others, it’s the parties or the chance to have one last blow-out celebration before six weeks of thoughtful reflection. There are even a few who will tell you their favorite part of Mardi Gras is eating king cake.
You probably won’t find very many of those king cake fans. Most of the king cakes sold in the grocery stores are sugar bombs, stuffed with too-sweet filling and buried under an avalanche of more sugar. Local bakeries turn out a better product, with a choice of fruit fillings and a more restrained hand on the sugar-loaded topping, but for those of us without a sweet tooth, the king cakes are still nothing to celebrate.