Blue Bell’s limited-edition Mardi Gras King Cake ice cream now available across the South – USA TODAY

You don’t have to be in Louisiana to enjoy Mardi Gras. In ice cream form, at least.

Now ice cream fans across the South can scoop up the celebration with Blue Bell’s limited-edition flavor “Mardi Gras King Cake.”

The Mardi Gras-inspired flavor is made with a cinnamon cake ice cream, tasty pastry pieces and a colorful cream cheese swirl with festive sprinkles.

The flavor will be released to stores this week in a half gallon size to kick off 2019 — the first time the flavor will be available in all areas selling Blue Bell products, according to a Wednesday announcement. (Those areas include most southern states as well as Colorado.)

“We have been making Mardi Gras King Cake since 2012, but the flavor has mostly been sold in areas known for the celebration such as Louisiana and Alabama,” Blue Bell Corporate Sales Manager Carl Breed stated in a statement.

“Last year a grocery store in Louisiana posted about the flavor’s arrival on its Facebook page and we started receiving requests from all over the country. After that, we decided to share this festive flavor with everyone in our distribution area.”

The flavor is a combination of two of Blue Bells flavors “Mardi Gras” which was introduced in 2004, and “King Cake,” first produced in 2006. 

“We still receive requests for Mardi Gras and King Cake because our fans never forget a flavor,” Breed said. “But, you have the best of both worlds with our Mardi Gras King Cake Ice Cream.”

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