Have you ever been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans? When I was in college, I lived one hour away from New Orleans and I never went....I think my dad wouldn't let me because he always thinks something terrible was going to happen me…..(now as a parent I understan!). Anyway, no matter where you live in Louisiana, we all love to celebrate Mardi Gras!
Do you have any idea what Mardi Gras even is??? Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, refers to the carnival celebration beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany and ending on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday", meaning it's the last night to eat rich, fatty foods before fasting for Lent.
Modern day Mardi Gras is about music, parades, beads and king cake! People wear the colors of Mardi Gras purple, green and gold. And, these colors have a meaning. The purple represent justice, the green represents faith, and the gold represents power. There are purple, green and gold beads, cups, shirts, pants, shoes, wreaths, shoes....you name it, they have it.
Throws and beads are also a big part of Mardi Gras. During Mardi Gras parades, different Krewes would throw trinkets and beads with their emblem on it. These are coveted prizes and you will see many people FIGHTING over good beads, big beads, even a little plastic cup!
Masks and Beads
Masks were worn in the beginning to cover your face and let you be whoever you wanted to be. Rich or poor, socialite or not, you could be anyone under that mask and no one would know who you were. Masks are still worn today at Mardi Gras and add an element of mystery. Mardi Gras is the largest masked party in North America.
King Cakes and Mardi Gras just go together! But why king cake? According to tradition, Jesus first showed himself to the three wise men and to the world on January 6th, the Epiphany. This is the day that Mardi Gras season and king cake season start. Each cake has a tiny baby inside, and whoever gets the piece of cake with the baby inside, has to bring the next king cake to the party or office! Which, is the point of this whole post!
King Cakes started out as braided rings of dough with purple, green and gold sugar toppings. Over time, they have become quite extravagant. The fillings and toppings come in various flavors and there are so many choices now, it's hard to decide which one is best! So, I thought I'd share with you a recipe of King Cake Bites! I love King Cake, but I don't like the sticky mess of cutting it and serving it or the bulky box that it comes in. So these bites are perfect. You can literally pick them up and bite them, or eat them with a spoon or a fork. You still have the option to fill it with any filling you would like (I used cream cheese), but people put strawberry, chocolate, even pecan praline filling in their King Cakes. My family doesn't like any filling and they like it more like a cinnamon roll, but I love the cream cheese. So this was the PERFECT excuse for me to make some with cream cheese!
And, in my true simple fashion, this recipe has 5 ingredients. Yep, I said 5!
The first thing I did was take the crescent rolls and take two triangles and press them together to make a rectangle.
In a bowl, I combined softened cream cheese, sugar, and lemon juice and beat it with an electric mixer. This is my filling. This is where you could get super creative and fill it however you would like. Sprinkle each rectangle with some cinnamon, and then put a small line of filling down the center of the rectangle.
Gently fold the rectangle lengthwise and then cut it into bite size pieces. Place the smaller pieces seam side down on a baking sheet and bake 13-15 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Let them slightly cool.
Mix the rest of the powdered sugar and the milk, and spread it on top of each of the bites. Then sprinkle colored (purple, green and gold) sugar on each small square.
Do these not look delicious AND easy?? And, not messy when it's time to eat them. These would be perfect for a school party, office party, or even a family gathering. Everyone brings King Cakes, why not be different and bring some King Cake Squares?!
AND, ok, my family doesn’t like cream cheese AT ALL…and my hubby doesn’t like the glaze either…he is not a sweet eater…which is why we get along so well….because I get all the sweets! Anyway, got off course AGAIN!!!
For them, I made some King Cake Bites that were just butter and cinnamon….
**I have linked the products that I use below the recipe!
You have got to make these and make them now! This recipe will make about 32 King Cake Bites AND skips the mess when it’s time to eat them! Literally pick them up and pop them in your mouth! They are perfect for any occasion and took me about 30 mins to make total!
Happy Mardi Gras,