Review: Cinnabon Minibon Roll from Burger King
They say there is a very strong link between our sense of smell and our memory. Certain smells remind us of certain people, places and events in our lives. There, perhaps, is no better smell on this planet than that which emanates from a Cinnabon stand at the local mall. So, it stands to reason, that there should be a strong memory tied to this smell for each of us. It would also make sense that sweet smells would bring fond memories while pungent odors conjure bad images. Not so for me… not with Cinnabon. No, the incredible aroma of their signature roll reminds me not of happy times, but rather of the time I paid $600 for a Cinnabon. Hardly a bargain considering they are now offering the Cinnabon Minibon Roll at Burger King for $1.How does a person pay $600 for a Cinnabon you ask? Well, it all started when I flew down to Denny’s headquarters on a GrubGrade assignment to check out their new Baconalia Menu. Since I was at the airport early for my return flight home, I had some time to kill. With not much to do while waiting, I thought I would roam around a bit and do some GrubGrade investigating for hidden gems at the terminal. I saw a number of interesting places, but I wasn’t particularly hungry since I had just worked my way through the entire menu of bacon earlier that day. Then it hit me… that smell. There’s no escaping the smell of Cinnabon. It’s like the sirens in the Odyssey (or is it the Illiad, I can never keep the two straight); calling my name. The smell is so legendary, both Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Gaffigan have done bits on it in their routines. So, I gave in.Long story short, I got so caught up in eating my Cinnabon that I completely lost track of time and ended up missing my flight. I had to get back for a commitment at my day job the next morning, so I was forced to buy a $600 one-way ticket back home. That’s the story of how I paid $600 for a Cinnabon. So let’s fast forward to a few days ago. I saw Ryan’s post about the Cinnabon Minibon Roll offer at Burger King and figured, well, if I buy a Cinnabon for a dollar, that means I’m down to $300 per Cinnabon. Maybe if I buy enough of them, at some point, I won’t feel as bad about how much I paid for that oh-so-sweet one at the airport.Now, fast forward to today. My first taste of a $1 Cinnabon. I have to admit, after getting over my bad memories of the last experience, my next thought was: Can Burger King screw up a Cinnabon? Well, try as they might, they couldn’t. It was wonderful.The warning on the box says to be careful because the contents may be hot. The operative word here is “may”. The rolls were not hot and they were placed in the container a bit sloppily, but as I mentioned, you just can’t screw up that flavor or that smell. Their dough is so soft and chewy, topped with icing which is perfectly balanced at the edge of the too sweet cliff. I had all I could do to eat just the one and save the other for my better half. But I had to; after all, I wasn’t going to be able to disguise that smell and deny that I had brought home a Cinnabon
Pros: Not even BK can screw up a Cinnabon. A buck each promo price. Best... smell... ever.
Cons: Not as warm as I would like. Poor presentation.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 9.00/10
More Info: http://www.BK.com
Calories - 300 Fat - 11g Saturated Fat - 5g Trans Fat - 0g Cholesterol - 5mg Sodium - 280mg Carbohydrates - 45g Sugar - 20g Protein - 6g