5 Louisiana-Made Foods to Buy Online for Mardi Gras

If you aren’t based in New Orleans but want to enjoy the spirit of Mardi Gras, these are Louisiana-made foods you can order online and have shipped to wherever you’ll be celebrating.

Whether you need a ready-made king cake or enough beans to feed a bunch, you can count on these foods to get you into the Mardi Gras mood. I used to live in New Orleans and grew up going to Mardi Gras every year—I can guarantee that these New Orleans foods will make you want to celebrate. All you need now is a Hurricane.

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Joe Gambino’s Bakery King Cake

There’s no Mardi Gras without a king cake. It is THE Mardi Gras food. Since I don’t live in Louisiana anymore, I make sure to place an early order every year for a Gambino’s king cake to be delivered to my door. This Gambino’s king cake, specifically, but you can’t go wrong with any king cake from Gambino’s. They package the cake, the icing, and the sprinkles separately to keep everything nice and fresh. It arrives quickly—and it’ll be gone as fast as it came because it’s delicious.

Blue Runner Creole Cream Style Red Beans

I always bring home a suitcase full of these canned beans when I come back from New Orleans. In between those bean runs, I buy them in bulk from Amazon. Blue Runner Creole Cream Style Red Beans are unbelievable. I can’t believe beans can be this creamy. They are my go-to depression meal because all you need to do is dump the can into a microwave-safe bowl or a pan on the stove and cook until hot. Sometimes I don’t even make rice to go with them and just eat them alone. That’s how good they are.

Camellia Dried Beans

If doing some real cooking is more your vibe, order these Camellia dried beans. Camellia is a family-owned-and-operated brand from Louisiana that has been providing people with beans since 1923. I know canned beans are more convenient, but you will insist on making homemade beans from scratch after your first taste of these creamy, creamy Camellia beans.

Cafe Du Monde Beignet Mix

Is Cafe Du Monde a touristy place to go? Yes. Does my family still go there all the time? Yes. Their beignets are our favorite! And this beignet mix can get the job done if you can’t get to New Orleans. Just make sure not to use any cheats or hacks when it comes to cooking this mix. These need to be deep fried, baby!

Loretta’s Pralines

When you’re in New Orleans and you hear people using the term “praline,” they’re talking about praw-leens (the candy), not pray-leen (the flavor). These solidified sugar disks are so sweet and heavenly and uniquely New Orleans. And my family doesn’t eat pralines from anywhere other than Loretta’s. They make the best version of this pecan convection (naturally, they took the top spot in our ranking of the best pralines). Luckily, if you’re not in New Orleans, you can buy them and other sweet treats from Loretta’s website.

About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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