King Cakes at Whole Foods

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There's many a king cake flavor available this year at Whole Foods, which provided us with three of the newer ones to sample. "There are different flavors of king cake? I thought it was just sort of like apple pie," said one of my coworkers when I brought them into work. He also went on some tangent about a post-Mardi Gras-party king cake gorge-fest, in which he and some buddies each ate an entire king cake and had purple and gold nightmares for weeks. But that is beside the point.

I set up an old-fashioned taste test at my office and let my 25 or so coworkers decide which one they would rather stuff their face with after having one too many hurricanes.

The flavors were berry Chantilly, cinnamon and praline. Yes, all of them had the traditional baby, but it was included on the side so we could insert it ourselves. They don't come baked in because Whole Foods is concerned that someone might choke on the plastic doll. (Actually, I might have a few coworkers I hope that would happen to...)

I set all three out in the kitchen and asked people to vote on their favorite. At the outset, all three were way better than your average grocery story king cake. Most of the time, the cake part of a king cake is super-dry and almost inedible, but in this case, it was actually really, really flavorful and could've stood on its own. Thankfully that wasn't necessary because there was filling -- delicious, delicious filling.

The berry was my least favorite, as I felt the tartness of the filling needed something like cream cheese to balance it out a little bit. It also was the least popular among my coworkers and only received two votes.

The cinnamon was tops in my book and had way more spicy goodness than most king cakes. It wasn't to the level of Cinnabon, but it was good enough to sub in for coffee cake at breakfast. Cinnamon finished a distant second in the voting, though.

The runaway winner of this contest was the praline king cake. While it wasn't what I was expecting at all, it was pretty great. The gobs and gobs of flowing filling didn't exactly taste like pralines I've had in the past, but tasted and felt more like pecan pie, which isn't a bad thing at all. The Whole Foods bakers didn't skimp on the pecans, either. Praline received 17 votes, and the tabulations were scientific, except for the fact that Eric "Big E" Cormier voted for all of them.

The king cakes run between $10.99 and $12.99 and, of course --because it's Whole Foods, baby -- are all natural. You can also get them in raspberry cream cheese, cream cheese and chocolate.

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Ashley
Ashley

Having grown up New Orleans, I think the one's at HEB this year are AWFUL. They are nothing more than a cinnamon roll with fruit filling. And the HEB by my house only gets the pineapple flavor. They have been good in the past, but I'm extremely disappointed this year.

Ali
Ali

The King of the King Cakes comes out of Lafayette, LA from a little bakery there called Kellers. You can have them shipped here. It's expensive, but worth it if you're really into Mardi Gras. I'm originally from Breaux Bridge, LA so this is what I grew up with. I used to be a member of a Mardi Gras krewe here and we'd have someone bring those in for our ball every year.

When I realized that they shipped those cakes all over the world, I started ordering them every year for the company I worked for. I'd have lines of people at my desk with cakes being eaten within minutes.

Here's the link to their page dedicated to King Cakes. They ship them overnight, so each one is fresh and sooo yum.

http://www.kellersbakery.net/k...

sarah
sarah

The best one I've EVER had came from Sucre in New Orleans. Even shipped to me three days after it arrived it was awesome.

Melanjj
Melanjj

The Acadian Bakery on Alabama makes worthy Kings, kinda 'spensive, but it only comes once a year.

Jason Ginsburg
Jason Ginsburg

Our family swears by Rouses' king cakes, but HEB is a pretty good substitute.

Becky_Means
Becky_Means

I like the ones at HEB best out of all groceries (the last few times i've gotten them from Central, they've been too dry)... However neither of them compares to the simple grocery store ones in the surrounding parishes of NOLA... Even the ones at Walmart and Rouses are better than some of the ones I've had here (although I really kinda like the ones from Rouses)...

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

The ones at HEB are also really delicious, and about half the price of Whole Foods. My favorite is the pineapple cream cheese. They also have cinnamon, apple, chocolate, etc.

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