If you've ever visited a Starbucks in another country, you may have noticed menu items that are not available in the United States. One such treat in Mexico is the Rosca de Reyes.
The pastry is available for a limited time during the Christmas season. It is traditionally made and eaten to celebrate the Christian holiday Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day.
Starbucks’ Rosca de Reyes is a single-serving version of the dessert. The wreath-shaped pastry is bejeweled with fruits, and its appearance is meant to symbolize a king's crown.
Starbucks decorates theirs with sugar, cocoa, and pieces of candied fig. The marbled bread is consistent with good brioche bread and is flavored with orange and vanilla.
Similar to Mardi Gras' King Cake, the Rosca de Reyes also comes with a small baby Jesus figurine baked within. Starbucks has a fun twist on this observance.
Sidestepping the religious connotations of a Christ child doll, Starbucks instead stuffs its dessert with adorable bear figurines, aka "bearistas."