King Cake on a Stick, Frey’s King Cake Milkshake among trending Carnival treats

From cocktails to sno-balls, many local businesses can't get enough of king cake during Carnival season. Here are some great king cake-inspired treats we found around the area that are unique twists on the traditional treat.

King Cake on a Stick

King cake on a stick offers a convenient and less messy way to snack on the Carnival treat. The popular item from Sugar Love Cakes Bakery in Slidell is quickly becoming a sought-after alternative to the traditional king cake. Before the hype, the bakery’s owner says she came up with the idea to sell the skewered treat at parades. The downsized king cake treat is dusted with purple, green and gold sugar and a swirl of icing. King cake on a stick even comes with a baby.  Photo courtesy: Sugar Love Cakes Bakery

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Frey's King Cake Milkshake

If you couldn’t get enough of Frey Smoked Meat’s decadent Cookie Monster shake, you’ll want to try their king cake milkshake. This Carnival-themed cup of goodness puts the best of king cake in a shake. It even comes laced with a slice of the James Beard Award-winning Dong Phuong king cake. Photo courtesy: Frey Smoked Meat Co. via Facebook

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King Cake French Toast

Head to the North Shore for a little king cake-inspired breakfast. Liz’s Where Y’at Diner in Mandeville serves up a king cake french toast during Carnival. The treat swaps powered sugar for a dusting of purple, green and gold. Photo courtesy: Liz’s Where Y’at Diner via Facebook

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Blue Bell Mardi Gras King Cake Ice Cream

It’s common for limited-edition Blue Bell flavors to send local ice cream addicts into a frenzy. The company released its regional Mardi Gras King Cake flavor this season for a limited time. Blue Bell describes the flavor as cinnamon cake-flavored ice cream with tasty pieces of pastry, a colorful cream cheese swirl and festive purple candy sprinkles. Contact your local grocer to make sure these flavors are in stock.

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King Cake Rolled Ice Cream

Make your king cake fantasies come true with Freezy Street‘s king cake ice cream. Homemade fresh vanilla ice cream gets combined with king cake pieces to make the rolled ice cream treat. Then the treat gets topped with a big chunk of king cake, sprinkles, whipped cream or whatever toppings your tummy desires. Ice cream plus king cake equals the best of both worlds. Photo courtesy: Freezy Street via Instagram

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Mardi Gras Bagel

Social media went into a frenzy last year when locals found out about these colorful Mardi Gras bagels. Well, Bagel Boy does it again this Carnival season. His purple, green and gold colored bagels are available for next day delivery. Photo courtesy: Bagel Boy via Facebook

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King Cake Cheesecake

Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro puts their Mardi Gras spin on its cheesecake during the Carnival season. King cake gets transformed into a sweet cheesecake treat, finished with a layer of purple, green and gold sugar. Photo courtesy: Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro

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King Cake Shake

Over in Metairie, go decadent with one of Atomic Burger‘s liquid nitrogen-chilled “Atomic Freeze Milkshakes.” Just in time for Carnival season, the burger joint offers its “King Cake Shake” which packs all the flavor of a king cake, without any of the crumbs. The shake is served in a color changing go cup. It comes topped with purple, green and gold sprinkles as the finishing touch. Photo courtesy: Atomic Burger

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Pour Me Something Mister Sno-ball

The year-round sno-ball spot, Sno-la Snoball Lounge, parades their festive cheesecake stuffed sno-balls. Their “Pour Me Something Mister” sno-ball plays on Carnival colors and flavors that resemble a king cake. The creation combines king cake cream flavor, bananas foster cream flavor and the seasonal Mardi Gras green. Then, the mixture is stuffed with their original cheesecake filling and topped with condensed milk. If you’re looking for more, the spot also serves a “Fat Tuesday” sno-ball that tastes like the traditional Mardi Gras king cake. Photo courtesy: Sno-la Snoball Lounge

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Abita King Cake Soda

Local brewery Abita Brewing Company, packs the flavors of king cake in its seasonal soda. This Carnival treat blends the flavors of frosting, candied sugar and cinnamon dough in a lightly carbonated soda. Abita’s website shows the beverage offered in select Winn-Dixie stores around the metro area. Photo courtesy: Abita Brewing Company

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Mardi Gras Macarons

Sucre pays tribute to the season’s token dessert with festive Mardi Gras Macarons. These sweet treats, dressed in traditional Carnival colors, are filled with a white chocolate ganache inspired by the king cake sno-ball flavor. Find the goodies at Sucre’s three retail locations, at Salon Restaurant by Sucre and online. Photo courtesy: @hannafoto

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King Cake Cupcakes

In Lakeview, the Sweet Life Bakery joins the parade with king cake cupcakes and other options. The bakery’s king cake-flavored cupcakes get a twirl of vanilla buttercream frosting and a dust of tri-colored sugar. A king cake baby sits atop the treat in true Carnival fashion. Aside from the king cake cupcakes, the bakery also offers king cake pops and grab-and-go “king’s cups,” which transforms king cake into individual servings. Photo courtesy: The Sweet Life Bakery

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King Cake Salty Balls

The Bakery Bar takes a round, moist, bit-sized piece of snickerdoodle cake, covers it in icing and sprinkles it with purple, green and gold sugar.  The challenge here is to only eat one!  Photo courtesy: Bakery Bar

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King Cake Coffee

Hot, cold, latte or cappuccino, PJ’s can make you coffee king cake flavored any way you take it.  The latte and cappuccino are flavored with a king cake syrup while the hot and cold coffees have the king cake flavor brewed in them.  Photo courtesy: PJ’s Coffee

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King Cake Bevvy Cocktail

Bourbon House gets in the Mardi Gras spirit with a Carnival-inspired twist on their signature cocktail, the frozen bourbon milk punch. Ask for the King Cake Bevvy cocktail, which is a frozen blend of vanilla ice cream, rum, orange juice, cinnamon syrup and almond syrup. The cocktail comes garnished with cinnamon powder and tri-colored sugar for the perfect finish. Photo courtesy: Bourbon House

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King Cake Cookies

Gracious Bakery is complimenting their king cakes with Carnival inspired cookies.  The freshly baked shortbread cookies are topped with icing and Mardi Gras sprinkles.  Photo courtesy: Gracious Bakery Facebook

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King Cake Beignets

Executive Sous Chef Erin Swanson of the Pontchartrain Hotel is whipping up some king cake beignets this Carnival season.  The traditional cinnamon flavored beignets are topped with a powdered sugar icing and purple, green and gold sprinkles.  The beignets are available at The Silver Whistle Cafe now through Fat Tuesday.  Photo courtesy: Pontchartrain Hotel

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Are there other interesting king cake treats out there? If you would like to let Nola Weekend know, feel free to drop us a line.