The Meaning of the ”Rosca de Reyes”

Rosca de Reyes is a sweet bread, which is a special food for Three King’s Day, known as “Día de Reyes” in Spanish, and celebrated on January 6 in Mexico. “Rosca” means wreath and “Reyes” means kings, so a direct translation of Rosca de Reyes would be “Kings’ Wreath”.

The sweet bread is shaped in the form of a wreath and usually has candied fruit on top, and a figurine of a baby baked inside (now made of plastic but previously they were porcelain or tin). This special treat is often simply called “Rosca.” The traditions surrounding this sweet bread is similar to the custom of eating King Cake in New Orleans during Carnival season.

In Mexico, it is customary for friends and family to get together on January 6 to eat Rosca, usually accompanied by hot chocolate or another warm drink such as coffee or atole. Usually, each person cuts their own slice and the one who gets a piece of Rosca with the baby figurine is expected to host a party on Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas), which is celebrated on February 2nd. On that day, the traditional food is tamales.

Check out the full recipe of our Keto Three Kings Bread.

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