ST. LOUIS -- Schnuck Markets here added king cakes this year as a companion product to paczki in its pre-Lenten bakery mix. are standard fare at Mardi Gras celebrations. Traditionally, a small "gift," like a doll or a coin, was baked into the cake. The person who got the gift in his or her slice of cake was considered lucky and was expected to host the next party. "There's a high-level of recognition of Mardi Gras and its traditions here because there's a section of town that has its own ...

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