Pocho Ocho cosas I found in my Rosca de Reyes

by Lalo Alcaraz on January 6, 2012 in Cultura, El Now, Pocho Ocho

Happy Three Kings Day, Dia de Los Reyes Magos, AKA Epiphany, the day when Los Tres Reyes dropped by the manger to gift up the original Anchor Baby, El Baby Jesus.

In Mexico and now all across Pocholandia, some celebrate with the Rosca de Reyes, a tasty and yeasty treat topped with butter and sugar.

Sometimes it is soaked in rum, like Tio Frankie. Baked inside is a plastic Baby Jesus figurine, which, if you get it in your slice of pan, symbolizes great fortune. And it also means you are stuck with the bill for yet another Catholic drinkfest one month later.

Below are the top eight things we have found in the Rosca de Reyes here at the POCHO world headquarters! Enjoy!

8. Plastic Baby Jesus

7. One long black hair

6. Homies Doll, “Cholo Priest”

5. That engagement ring I lost in 1942 while gardening

4. One short curly black hair

3. Lego Harry Potter

2. The Higgs Boson

And the number one cosa I found in my Rosca de Reyes:


Rosca photo by Itzcuauhtli.


Ruth January 7, 2012 at 7:24 AM

It seems like more and more people are discovering or re-discovering this awsome tradition. It is great because it is delicious, creates extra $-making opportunities for bakers, brings the family together and a great excuse to drink chocolate abuelita and eat carbs. Loved your blog Lalo!

Lalo Alcaraz January 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Thanks! Keep on coming back for more rosca and non rosca based humor!

rainbowlite January 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Disneyland has mini Rosca de Reyes this weekend. There’s a almond instead of a baby Jesus because the tourists might swallow the plastic doll.

Griselda B. January 7, 2012 at 6:35 PM

I read your tweets! keep it up 😀 I also think its a great tradition! I drove to 3 different panaderias to find a rosca last minute most of the bakeries were packed or had sold out, nonetheless we found one haha

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