Rosca de Reyes, Tradition and Faith

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Rosca de Reyes, Tradition & Faith
Rosca de Reyes, it’s both traditional holiday celebrated through Latin America, Mexico, and parts of Europe (aka Epiphany ) .  Again, food associated with a religious celebration.

During the era of the kings of France, bread was filled with a lima bean, and the person who found it in his bread would receive the gift that His Highness had prepared for the event.  The idea was to place a lima bean in the bread dough, which was usually filled with fruits like dates and raisins, and this bread was shared around the time of the New Year festivities. The tradition changed a bit when it arrived to the Americas, transforming itself according to the customs and resources of our country, where it eventually became the rosca. (

Hot chocolate accompanies the rosca. So every year, on January 6, families all across Mexico gather around their tables to share the rosca de reyes.  And now, instead of finding a lima bean in the bread, a little plastic doll representing Jesus is placed in the bread.  The person who receives a piece of bread with this doll inside has to make the tamales used in the fiesta de la Candelaria on February 2.  This celebration is the last of the Christmas festivities after Jesus’s birth.

FAITH. The Rosca de Reyes, or ring-shaped Rosca de Reyes is a sweet round, cake or oval shape Mexican bread, decorated with slices of crystallized or candied fruit colors. The King cake is also called: biscuit, cake or sweet bread,  the celebration of the Epiphany to enjoy the Rosca de Reyes is a Mexican tradition that takes place 12 days after Christmas, Epiphany Day or the appearance of the Wise Men or Magi Kings: Balthazar, Melchior and Caspar.

Rosca con figura
Whoever cuts the rosca and gets a baby has to host a party on Feb 2, Dia de la Candelara, (Candlemas)
TRADITION. On January 6th, families gather to share the rosca and drink hot chocolate, neighborhood communities, churches, etc It’s always fun to see who is going to cut  into the little plastic baby which represents Jesus, then they are tradtiionally to host a party (typically including more tamales eating!) inviting all those that shared the rosca!

Every year, and for many many years now, El Burrito Mercado panaderia offers Rosca de Reyes to grab from shelf in various sizes, or to assure you get your rosca, call ahead and order! Don’t forget to also order tamales and grab some Abuelita!


Feliz Dia de los Reyes Magos!

Rosca de Reyes, candied fruits & sugar adorn

Enjoy Rosca de Reyes with Chocolate caliente!
Email or call 651-227-2192 ext 23 to order a Rosca de Reyes!


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