Supply problems and king cakes

LAFAYETTE—Like many businesses in general, bakeries and stores are feeling the effects of supply chain issues this Mardi Gras season.

Poupart’s bakery tells us they remain hopeful and although they stocked up on supplies in October in anticipation of possible shortages, they could still run into problems as the season progresses.

“As it gets closer to Mardi Gras, we’re noticing that the things we’ve been pumping up on are either out of stock or in very low supply.

So as we move forward, we try to fill in the gaps that are coming up. So far we are good. But in the weeks or months to come, it will be a little curious to know what is going on”, explains Paul Hernandez.

Custom boxes, flowers, yeast, cream cheese…there are plenty of supplies/ingredients to rely on to build the perfect King Cake.

Hernandez says that, like other things, you can expect to pay a little more for the delicious carnival treat this season.

“Everything in general, you know, is just 10-20% more expensive.”

But customers we spoke to say that even if they have to pay a little more, that won’t stop them from enjoying the carnival season delicacy.

“I think because we didn’t have Mardi Gras last year, I don’t think anyone will care about the price, you know, I think most people are so eager for Mardi Gras to come back – to get this Mardi Grad the spirit goes,” says Marika Mury.

Jeri Cohen just hopes she doesn’t have the baby!

But even if you do, we all know never to put the baby back in the box.

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