Three Kings Bread: Rosca de Reyes (Recipe)

Three Kings Day or El Dia de los Reyes Magos is here! This is a Catholic tradition that celebrates the Epiphany when the three kings arrived at Bethlehem, which is 12 days after Christmas and officially marks the end of the Christmas period. Children all over Latin America wait anxiously for this day because they get to eat the delicious rosca and also get the presents the three kings brought them.

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The Rosca de Reyes is a sweet round-shaped bread decorated with candied fruit. Inside the rosca you will find the figure of a plastic doll symbolizing baby Jesus. Nobody knows who will get the baby Jesus, but the person who gets it in their piece of rosca has to throw a party on February 2, which is Candlemas or El Día de la Candelaria, which also coincides with Groundhog day.

rosca de reyes, three kings bread recipeIt’s a great celebration, not to mention a great excuse to break your diet for a little bit and have some hot chocolate and a piece of rosca, which surprisingly isn’t too bad at 220 calories a slice. Roscas can be found in various Mexican bakeries, but if you don’t want to shell out $20-$30, you can make one yourself: