The King Cake has been associated with the Mardi
Gras season for many years. The season begins on January sixth, known as the Epiphany, the
day the three Wise Men of the East: Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar, found the baby Jesus.
The King Cake reminds us of this day by its shape, color and decoration. Its oval shape
represents unity of all Christians. The colors purple, gold and green stand for justice,
power and faith. A small baby doll, bean or coin is hidden in the cake to symbolize the
finding of the baby Jesus. Whoever finds this symbol in their slice of cake traditionally
buys the King cake for the next celebration. The season ends with either Fat
Thursday or Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. This day
traditionally is known as Paczki Day. Paczki Day was the day in which to use up all
of the ingredients that would spoil during the fasting associated with the Lenten season.
Mardi Gras / Paczki Day at Fleckenstein's
Feb 7, 2013 & Feb 12, 2013
(Fat Thursday &Fat Tuesday)
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Gras King Cake
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This beautiful, tasty treat is created
with a sweet Danish dough layered with either Cinnamon or Strawberry Cheese and braided into an oval. It
is topped with icing and finished with purple, gold and green sugar. It is
packaged in a handsome window box and includes Mardi Gras beads, coins and
baby*. One taste and you will be back for more!
Available Jan 6, 2013 - Feb 12, 2013
box design may vary
Available Feb 7 & Feb 12, 2013
Available in the following flavors:
Apple, Apricot, Blueberry,
Cheese, Cherry, Custard,
Lemon, Prune, Raspberry,
Fresh Strawberry $ 2.09
Paczki are similiar to a bismark, but made with a richer,
heavier dough. They take much longer to fry and are fried to a deep golden brown.
A Lenten treat made on Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday.
* Because the baby is a choking hazard, we do not insert it in the King Cake, we
put it under the king cake. We recommend removing the baby and coins before cutting and serving.
Fat Thursday is a traditional Polish feast
marking the last Thursday before Lent. It is similar to, but should not be confused
with, the French festival of Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday"). Traditionally it
is a day of gluttony and belly-worship, when people meet in their homes or cafes with
their friends and relatives and eat large quantities of sweets, cakes and all other meals
forbidden during the lent. Among the most popular all-national dishes served on that
day are paczki.
Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday
Mardi Gras (French for "Fat
Tuesday") is the day before Ash Wednesday, and is also called "Shrove
Tuesday". It is the final day of Carnival. It is a celebration that is
held just before the beginning of the Christian liturgical season of lent.
A Paczki is a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a flattened ball filled with a variety
of fillings and usually covered with powdered sugar. Traditionally, the reason for
making paczki is that all the lard, sugar and fruit in the house would need to be used up
before Lent. Our Paczki are made with vegetable shortening and fried in vegetable
All sizes and weights are approximate.
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