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Mail-Order King Cakes

Even if you're not in New Orleans, you can still get an authentic taste of Mardi Gras—delivered. Which mail-order king cake was our all-around favorite?

What We Learned

There are three key Mardi Gras foods: Fried chicken, king cake, and more king cake. Fried chicken is the ultimate portable parade food: Grab a bucket of Popeye’s and plant yourself on St. Charles Avenue to watch the floats and marching bands go by. King cake, though, is Mardi Gras in food form.

Growing up in Louisiana, I ate slices of this jewel-toned cake for weeks straight ever...