FARRAGUT, Tenn. — Laissez les bons temps rouler! That's Cajun French for 'let the good times roll' and is essentially the catchphrase for Mardi Gras.
Here in Tennessee, we might not be able to catch one of the colorful parades that roll through streets in cities like New Orleans or Mobile, but VG's Bakery offers a taste of carnival season at their shop in Farragut.
The shop starts selling king cakes as soon as the season kicks off on Jan. 6, which is also known as the Epiphany or King Day; the day that three kings traveled to Bethlehem to visit baby Jesus.
Traditionally, a plastic baby is hidden inside the circular pastry that's covered in purple, green, and gold sprinkles, and whoever bites into the piece with the "baby king" inside is obligated to buy the next king cake.
Bonnie, a baker at VG's laughs that plastic babies are a bit of a choking hazard, so they've put their own twist on the tradition. They make an all-sugar baby and place it on top of the cake for you to hide yourself.
If you're not big into sharing, VG's Bakery offers a mini-king cake for $5.50, but the larger cakes come in a variety of flavors such as cream cheese and praline pecan.
They suggest that you call an order ahead, but they do have a few on display that you can purchase.
If your mouth is watering, check out their website for more information.