Sweet Victory: ‘Top 5 Vegan King Cakes’ Local Award Winners

For Immediate Release:
February 17, 2022

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Baton Rouge, La. – To help Mardi Gras revelers indulge in the best animal-friendly sweet treats the state has to offer, PETA has rounded up Louisiana’s Top 5 Vegan King Cakes—and MJ’s Café and Magpie Cafe both clinched spots on the list! MJ’s Café’s doughnut-shaped delights come in Traditional Cinnamon and Chocolate Tahini flavors, while Magpie Cafe dishes up a delicious Cinnamon Pecan flavor—and it’s taking preorders ahead of Mardi Gras.

“MJ’s and Magpie cafés are in PETA’s top tier for whipping up tasty treats that leave gentle cows and hens out of the mix and put super flavor in it,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Everyone can get the royal treatment simply by opting for one of the reigning animal-friendly king cakes on our list.”

Consumers’ demand for vegan food out of concern for animals, the environment, and their health has sent the vegan food market skyrocketing: It grew two and a half times faster in 2021 than it did between 2018 and 2020, and it’s expected to reach $22 billion by 2025.

The other winners on PETA’s list are Breads on Oak in New Orleans, White House Coffee and Creamery in Lacombe, and Creme Confectionery in Metairie. Each eatery will receive a framed certificate from PETA, which offers a recipe for homemade king cakes on its website as well as the icing on the cake: a three-week vegan challenge!

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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