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Did you know? King cake variation

Did you know? King cake variation
by Carla Hinton Modified: January 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm •  Published: January 19, 2013
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King cake variation

In Spanish-speaking countries such as Mexico, and in many Hispanic communities in the United States, a version of king cake — called rosca de reyes — is popular.

It traditionally is eaten to celebrate Epiphany, also called Three Kings Day, on or around Jan. 6. This day is observed by Christians as the day legend says three kings followed the star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child.

The rosca de reyes is typically a ring-shaped sweet bread loaf that often includes dried and candied fruits which symbolize the jewels that a crown might have. A tiny plastic Baby Jesus is hidden inside the treat. By tradition, the person who finds the small trinket is obligated to host the next party, most likely on Candlemas Feb. 2, a Christian holy day which officially ends the Christmas season.