The floats, music, food, and beads, beads, beads—Mardi Gras is a holiday that captivates all of our senses, roaring into the end of February with waves of gold, green, and purple—it’s official holiday colors. Where does such a colorful holiday come from? Ancient Rome.
Most likely originating from Saturnalia and Lupercalia’s incorporation into Catholicism as a prelude to Lent, it swiftly spread across western and northern Europe. Mardi Gras made its way “across the pond” to America March 3, 1699—in present-day Mobile, Alabama!
French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville celebrated the first Mardi Gras on American soil in what is present-day Mobile, to not miss the beloved holiday occurring back in France. Since then, the holiday and its related parties has been a cultural hit across the nation.
No Mardi Gras party is complete without the traditional favorite: King Cake. Made of braided, cinnamon-laced brioche dough, then glazed or frosted in green, purple, and gold a small (usually plastic) baby is hidden inside the cake.
Traditionally, the person who finds the baby buys the next cake or even hosts the next party! Try a modern spin on the traditional Mardi Gras King Cake with our Mardi Gras King Cookie Cake. Enjoy a 13″ rich and chewy chocolate chip cookie generously filled with sweet chocolate chips, dressed for the occasion with our signature velvety icing.