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What item was originally hidden in a king cake?

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While modern versions typically include a tiny plastic figurine of a baby, historical versions of the Mardi Gras king cake may have included coins, beans, peas or nuts. Whether a bean, such as a fava bean, or a plastic or porcelain figurine is used, the trinket is intended to represent the baby Jesus in commemoration of the holiday of Epiphany, which marks the day when the baby Jesus was presented to the Three Kings.

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What item was originally hidden in a king cake?
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The baby or stand-in symbol is typically hidden inside the king cake, or it may be placed underneath. Finding whatever trinket was hidden may come with a prize or a set of responsibilities that may vary by region or family.

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