What are the best food gifts to buy in New Orleans?

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Karen Dalton Beninato

Bring a little bit of the Crescent City home to friends and family after a trip to New Orleans. Options abound, from pralines (secret ingredient: sugar) to chicory coffee from the French Market to beignet mix from Cafe DuMonde.

King Cake around Carnival season is a favorite. It's a large round frosting and sugar-coated pastry with a tiny toy baby inside which indicates that the recipient of that slice buys the next king cake.

Seafood is a little tricker to send as a gift, but most outlets will ship frozen seasonal Gulf of Mexico seafood to the recipient of your choice for a shrimp boil back home, or a Louisiana style crawfish boil. Spices are another popular gift, with hot sauce of every variety in most grocery stores and the French Market to bring a little New Orleans zing to your favorite armchair traveler.

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