It's that time of year again when Mardi Gras lovers can take part in one of the best parts of the season: king cake.

The tasty treat was the subject of Friday's "News Junkies Cafe" with Chef Pat Mould on "Nathan & Bernie in the Morning," who said king cakes have become quite the "phenomenon."

In addition to the traditional cinnamon-flavored brioche dough variety, such as Keller's and its 125-year-old recipe, new entrants in the segment are causing a good stir.

Sophi P. Cakes makes cupcakes with "the flavors associated with king cake," Mould said. Freetown Fries, the food truck famous for its french fries, makes sweet potato fries that's drizzled with cream cheese icing and dusted with colored sugar, Mould said.

"I'm just waiting for the king cake boudin next," Mould quipped. "I mean, it's gotta be on the horizon somewhere."

Other king cakes Mould featured included Southside Bakery, Rouses, Twins & Burgers, and Gambino's.

As for the doughnut-style king cakes that are famous at Meche's, can it truly be called a king cake?

"Technically, not really," Mould said. "Historically, I would say no, but is it good? Heck yeah!"

To listen to the full interview with Chef Mould, click on the 'Play' button below.