MEXICAN & WORLDWIDE TRADITIONS
• The Rosca de Reyes tradition started in medieval Europe where small cakes were made with a bean hidden inside. The person who found it would be crowned "King" for the holiday!
• Some of the most traditional recipes call for "biznaga", candy made from the fishhook barrel cactus, to decorate the roscas – but what was once a beloved candy with indigenous origins, is now going extinct! Which is why our "nopalitos" are made with different kinds of acitrón!
• Many countries & cultures have their own version of a Rosca de Reyes! From the New Orlean's "King's Cake" to France's "Gallette des Rois",
• In the 14th century, a slice of bread was first given to a poor person or stranger, then the next slices were intended for those serving in the King’s army, and the rest of the bread was distributed among the other guests. (1)
• Once Catholicism adopted the holiday, the hidden bean became a small porcelain figurine of baby Jesus, symbolizing Mary and Joseph hiding away their baby from King Herodes’ persecution.
• The shape of the rosca represents both the shape of a crown and as a symbol of eternal and never-ending love.
• The colorful quince, nopales, cherries, and other decorations represent the jewels of the crown, with the color green representing faith and gold representing power.
- CELEBRATE WITH YOUR FAMILY -
• What happens when you get the little plastic baby in your slice? Congratulations! You are now the honorary compadre/comadre (godparent) of the baby Jesus. Not only are you tasked with caring for the baby until February 2nd (Candlemas)