Having lived in Southeast Louisiana for over 23 years I have had my fair share of Mardi Gras King Cakes. My family & I look forward to Mardi Gras. We love Mardi Gras parades, the Mardi Gras Music, Mardi Gras decor, and of course King Cake. So every year my family & I taste test various King Cakes all over the New Orleans area (and even South Mississippi) in search for a new favorite.
But…..I’m a tad
King Cake Requirements: I want my King Cake fresh. I need my king cake to have the perfect icing to sprinkled sugar ratio. I’m a big fan of filled king cake, but it must not take over the flavor of the cinnamon dough. I stick to the ever so popular strawberry (or raspberry) creme cheese filled king came. But…..please of please don’t have my cinnamon king cake swimming in a strawberry/creme cheese pond.
I thought I had tasted every King Cake sold in grocery stores (and most bakeries) until I found out Winn-Dixie sold King Cakes. So whats a girl to do? I needed to try one out for myself. Winn-Dixie has been celebrating the flavors of Louisiana since 1956 and has created a Winn-Dixie New Orleans Facebook. Through their Facebook & Twitter page I found out about the Winn Dixie King Cake as well as their community events, deals, giveaways and sweepstakes.
The first thing I noticed when opening the king cake (aside from how affordable they are) is that they are wrapped and sealed. Because they are wrapped & sealed versus using a twist tie (or like some, nothing at all) they will travel well. You can bring the King Cake to the parade route or ship to a family member. No sprinkle sugar mess! Then I noticed the king cake itself looked freshly homemade. Not pulled from a freezer. The cinnamon cake itself had a nice texture and was sweet yet not overpowering. The sugar/icing ratio was on point and was neither swimming in filling or dry as the Sahara. At 10.99 regular retail, I was very impressed. I paid almost double for a King Cake at a competing store and was not happy to see a beautiful king cake that was NOT fresh. I wanted fresh & flavorful and I got both when eating my Winn-Dixie King Cake.
I go to Winn-Dixie once a week to make my weekly budget stretch. Between the fuel perks, weekly specials and Big Easy meal/deal solutions I can stick to a budget without sacrificing flavor or health. Make sure to check this weeks sale circulars because the Winn-Dixie Large King Cake is $8.99 (save $2.00) when using your Winn-Dixie Reward Cards. Also, Winn-Dixie New Orleans Facebook is providing its fans a chance to win 2 tickets to the Super Bowl halftime show. You read that right, check the Facebook page for more information on Big Game events, savings and sweepstakes. Winn-Dixieʼs is also having a local Super Bowl Stock Up Parties, where one lucky shopper could win a pair of tickets to the Big Game. More information is on the the Winn-Dixie New Orleans Facebook page. If you win, don’t forget to bring me!!
Winn-Dixieʼs Grocery Gras are coming up February! So check out http://www.facebook.com/WinnDixieNOLA for information on King Cake, decorating for kids, Capture the Crown contests and other Mardi Gras Family-Friendly events. I’ll see you there on Saturday morning!