The first thing you should know about this review is that I volunteered to do it. I'm not typically a vodka drinker, let alone a flavored vodka drinker, but when the bottle of Cinnabon vodka showed up at our office, I figured what the hell, and brought it home for Thanksgiving.
'Cinnabon' on Serious Eats
Cinnabon is jumping onto the sweet-meets-savory bandwagon by adding salted caramel onto a new limited-time-only treat. For those who haven't been to a mall food court in a while, the chain already features an item called the Center of the Roll. It's essentially the inner mass of a standard Cinnabon, cut into bite-sized pieces, served in a cup, to be eaten with a fork.*
Cinnabon's new limited-edition Salted Caramel Chillatta brings the salty dessert trend into the beverage world surprisingly well.
Just in time for a record-breaking ascent into high summer temperatures, mall cinnamon roll hawker Cinnabon joins the Reese's craze with the limited-time-only Peanut Butter Cup Chillatta, the latest in its line of sweetened iced beverages.
On a recent stroll through the cookie aisle of the supermarket, I noticed not one but two new cinnamon flavored cookies. Joy! They each took a very different approach—one simple and classic and the other novel and...mall-tastic—so I grabbed both to try.
If you've ever set foot in a shopping mall or an airport, then you know what a Cinnabon smells like. Chances are you know what one tastes like too. The behemoth of all sticky buns, Cinnabons are massive spirals of dough oozing with cinnamon goo and slicked with cream cheese frosting. Betty Crocker has teamed up with Cinnabon to create a Decadent Supreme Cinnamon Swirl Cake Mix. Did it taste like a Cinnabon? Did it make my kitchen smell like a food court? Most importantly, was it delicious?
There are few food smells quite as hypnotic as the Cinnabon smell. You know it. At just about any mall food court, airport, or train station, it's there lingering, taunting you. But after 25 years, the Cinnabon counter is making room for a new dessert—and it doesn't even have an addictive aroma. The cupcake.
Photo from The Cooking Photographer via Photograzing I'm a sucker for Cinnabons—those indecently sweet, doughy cinnamon rolls found at food courts and airports across the country—so I'm tempted to try this recipe for "Cinnabon Clones" from Laura Flowers at The Cooking Photographer. The day I can capture that smell in my own oven, I will be a happy person indeed....