There are certain scents that bring me back to my suburban upbringing. One is the smell of wood-burning stoves in the winter. Another is the smell of freshly-cut grass in the spring. And yet another, strangely enough, is the smell of a mall; more specifically, the sweet smell of a Cinnabon store.
I went through a period in eighth grade where I wanted nothing but Cinnabon. It had just come to our mall, with great fanfare, and like everyone else in my city, I was instantly addicted.
These were no ordinary cinnamon rolls. These were Cinnabons, monsters of sweet, gooey dough filled with Cinnabon’s legendary Makara cinnamon, a warm, spicy cinnamon that is impossible to replicate.
Eating a Cinnabon requires a great deal of energy. They are ginormous and rich, and nearly impossible to finish. I have personally never finished a Cinnabon. Believe me, I’ve tried. But sadly the Cinnabon has always defeated me. I am a Cinnabum, and yet my love for Cinnabons remains intact.
So when Cinnabon Cinnamon Pecan clusters arrived at my house, I was psyched. My eighth grade love came rushing back to me. The clusters come in three different flavors: Cinnamon Caramel Pecan, Cinnamon Mousse Pecan with Dark Chocolate, and Cinnamon Cream with White Chocolate.
Cinnamon Caramel Pecan Clusters: Traci reviewed these last summer, and they are quite tasty. The caramel, while thick and goopy, is soft enough to blend easily with the pecan and toffee bits for a decent mix of chewiness and crunch. There is a grittiness to the cinnamon that reminded me of the brown sugar crumbles that often top blueberry muffins. It’s a nice touch of added texture that only adds to the overall flavor of the candy.
Cinnamon Mousse Pecan with Dark Chocolate Clusters: These were fairly tasty as well, though the smooth mousse filling, which is akin to a slightly melted 3 Musketeers bar, doesn’t quite meld with the overwhelming Makara cinnamon flavoring. There is toffee in this cluster, as well, but it is overwhelmed by the mousse and the cinnamon, and the flavor is lost.
Cinnamon Cream with White Chocolate Clusters: These were my personal favorite, which took me by surprise, as I’m generally not a huge fan of white chocolate. Here, though, the sweetness of the white chocolate is the perfect compliment to the warm, robust flavor of the Makara cinnamon. It is as close as you can get to actually eating a Cinnabon, as the white chocolate mimics the sugary glaze that Cinnabon places atop their baked goods.
A word of warning on all three clusters: if you don’t like cinnamon, you will not like this candy. Makara cinnamon, as always, is the star of the Cinnabon show, and its flavor overpowers every other ingredient involved. For example: I didn’t really notice any difference between the dark chocolate coating on the mousse clusters and the milk chocolate on the caramel pecan clusters, because the flavor of the cinnamon in both clusters overwhelms the flavor of the chocolate. Personally, I don’t mind this at all. But for some people, the overwhelming cinnamon-ness might be a bit much.
Many years have passed since eighth grade (thank god), and I’ve since moved away from my hometown. I hear the Cinnabon shut down a short time after I left. I am hoping this is just a coincidence. In any case, it is nice to know that I can relive my 13 year old glory days of Makara cinnamon and sweet, sweet frosting through the awesome powers of Cinnabon Cinnamon Pecan Clusters. I actually polished off an entire box this week. So perhaps I’m not a Cinnabum after all. There’s hope for me yet!
Editor’s note: I thought these were way, way too sweet and could barely finish a whole one – and when I did I felt like I would go into a sugar-induced coma at any moment. I ended up giving away most of them. Of course, I think actual Cinnabons are way too sweet too. Go figure.
Buy Cinnabon Cinnamon Pecan Clusters Online:
- at Amazon.com