Fast Food Review: New! Cinnamon Bites from Arby’s
Aside from launching the new Angus Three Cheese Bacon Sub, Arby’s has added a new treat to their menu, in the form of the value menu Cinnamon Bites. While I’ve yet to see an “official” press release on these, they were described to me by a pleasant South Logan, Utah Arby’s employee as such:
…like cheesecake and cinnamon bites
Descriptive, ain’t it? Well, at just a buck, I thought what the heck and decided to grab an order as an afternoon snack.
What I got was a small Arby’s fry container filled with three small empanada type morsals made from a light pastry dough. If I’d have to guess, I’d say they are cut from the same material as the Arby’s turnover dough, although they’re filled with a mixture of cream cheese and a warm, gooey cinnamon mixture.
I got three in my order, and I wasn’t impressed at first inspection. I realize they’re only a value menu item, but considering how large the turnovers are, you’re definitely getting less dessert for your buck with these. I’m not sure if you’re supposed to get three per order or if they just portion them out with a scoop, but each bite is just that – bite sized. The container has a bit of oil seep through, while the pastry shells themselves felt a bit oily as well. Texturally, they hold their shape well if you take a bite from them, but become flaky when handled too much, like a warm croissant. I actually liked the buttery pastry shell on it’s own, but found that it’s rich flavor was lost amidst the cheesecake and cinnamon flavors.
Speaking of which, those flavors are exactly what’s wrong with this item. For starters, they’re disjointed. The cinnamon is on one side and the “cream cheese” on the other. They’re both served hot, but the cream cheese has a weird elasticity about it that doesn’t exactly rival what you’d put on your bagel. It’s mild and slightly sweet, but the cinnamon mixture itself isn’t sweet at all. What you’re left with a single that tastes too strongly of cinnamon, which can be overpowering and somewhat off putting when it isn’t balanced with enough sweetness. These cheese itself could use more sugar, and doesn’t match the cinnamon mixture.
I’m a big fan of Arby’s value menu. I’ll take a Jr. Ham and Cheese melt or a small curly fry any day over comparable value menu items from any other fast food joint. Yet when it comes to this latest addition, Arby’s has flopped out. I admire the chain for giving a sweet “side item” the eye, but this is anything but sweet, and lacks enough depth of flavor to make up for it’s virtues as a dessert. I think you’re much better off just saving your money and getting a good old fashioned chocolate chip cookie if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Pros: Nice buttery exterior tastes like a croissant. Presumably portion controlled for the less than stellar willed. Cheap. Texture: 7.00
Cons: Not very sweet. Elastic cream cheese filling. Cinnamon flavor dominates, and not in a good way. Small, and only three in an order. This is why Bagelfuls failed.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.00 (Mediocre)
More Info: Arbys.com