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on January 05, 2009 at 6:43 AM, updated December 08, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Even though most markets around town jump the gun each year, King Cakes officially hit grocery and bakery shelves January 6.

And, as is the case with most foods in New Orleans, the debate as to which variety is best will never end.

Are you a Randazzo's fan? Or maybe it's Gambino's? Let us know by posting your favorites in our public dining blog.

One of the few foods that is a Mardi Gras must, King Cakes of all varieties, fillings and sizes are available throughout Carnival season.

History of the King Cake

The King Cake traditionally was served on "Little Christmas" or "Kings' Day" other names for the Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated Jan. 6.

Filled King Cake recipe

There are many recipes for this Carnival staple, but we like this one from the late Myriam Guidroz, a longtime food columnist for The Times-Picayune.

Unfilled King Cake recipe

To make the cake, take a pound and a half of the above-mentioned quality of flour, and put it in a wooden bread trough.

Longest King Cake

So, you're baking the world's longest king cake. I commend you.