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Best foods and sweets for Fat Tuesday

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What is Mardis Gras?

Mardis Gras is French for Fat Tuesday. In the Christian faith, it's the last chance to eat all those yummy indulgent foods before beginning a 40-day fast that starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter.

Mardis Gras 2024 falls on Tuesday, Feb. 13th. For many, the Mardis Gras celebrations involve overeating the treats you'll be giving up, such as candy, cookies, coffee or some other favorite food. Keeping that in mind, here is some of the best (but not necessarily the healthiest) Fat Tuesday food to binge on and serve at your Mardis Gras party.

Shop this article: Mam Papaul's Mardi Gras King Cake Mix Kit (2-Pack), Birch Benders Organic Pancake and Waffle Mix and The Original Donut Shop Keurig Single-Serve K-Cup Pods

What types of things do you give up for Lent?

Lent is a time of penance. The 40 days of fasting represent the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness. It's meant to be a time of reflection, repentance and sacrifice. Therefore, when giving something up, it shouldn't be something easy. In fact, some people say it should be something you love. 

What do people eat on Fat Tuesday?

For many people, the Mardis Gras food they love are the things that aren't healthy, such as candy, wine or carbs. Even individuals who don't have a religious background may try to use Lent as a way to kick a bad habit or start a healthier lifestyle. Fat Tuesday is the one day of the year when calories don't count. It's a day when you can indulge, for possibly the last time, in something you truly love. If you crave it, it should be on the menu.

Best things to eat for Fat Tuesday 2024 

Mam Papaul's Mardi Gras King Cake Mix Kit (2-Pack)

Mardis Gras cake is a New Orleans tradition. This kit comes with everything you need, including dough mix, yeast, praline filling, colored sugar and glaze. It even comes with a plastic baby. Finding the baby in your cake is a sign of luck and prosperity.

Birch Benders Organic Pancake and Waffle Mix

This mix makes six to eight waffles or about 26 pancakes. It's a whole-grain, non-genetically modified, organic and vegan option. Just add water, mix and it's ready for the griddle.

The Original Donut Shop Keurig Single-Serve K-Cup Pods

Here's a little secret: Sundays aren't included in Lent. If you want to cheat and have a few cups of coffee, these single-serve Original Donut Shop K-cups will do the trick. This offering includes 72 servings, so you'll have plenty to get through Easter and beyond with your pod coffee maker.

Oreo Double Stuf Cookies

Celebrate Mardis Gras by overloading on Oreos. These Oreo cookies have double the filling, just what you need to indulge on the special day. It's a family-sized package, but we all know that's misleading. Dunk them in milk and love your life.

Moon Pie Mini Variety Pack

Since Moon Pies are round and filled with marshmallow, they're relatively safe to toss on Mardi Gras. With this variety pack of Moon Pie minis featuring banana, chocolate and vanilla flavors, you can start your own yummy tradition.


Fort Knox Chocolate Gold Coins

These are not official Mardi Gras doubloons made of aluminum. They're foil-wrapped chocolate coins. You can toss them or satisfy your sweet cravings by eating them all yourself. 

Smarties Candy Necklace

You can do more with these necklaces than just wear them on Fat Tuesday. You can eat them. This box of 24 necklaces has orange, grape, strawberry, cherry, orange-cream and pineapple-flavored candy.

Other Fat Tuesday items worth buying 

  • If you like syrup on your pancakes, this Grade A Vermont maple syrup has a dark color, robust flavor and the jug has an easy-pour spout.
  • These rainbow sprinkles can turn your pancakes into a festive Mardi Gras treat.
  • Whipped cream isn't just for waffles. This 7-ounce can from Whole Foods Market is made with real cream.
  • This Dash Mini Maker Electric Round Griddle lets you make perfect pancakes, one at a time.
  • If you're more of a doughnut person, this pack of six chocolate glazed donuts makes a great treat on Fat Tuesday.

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