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.

Taste: 5.00/10
Value: 4.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.50/10
Price: $1.00

Overall GrubGrade: 5.00 (Mediocre)

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22 comments on “Fast Food Review: New! Cinnamon Bites from Arby’s

  1. skippymom says:

    Sorry I haven’t been very pro lately on your picks [forgive me] but I have to say, this time – the cinnamon part looks like poop. Really – for as many diapers as I have changed – yeah. THAT.

    Completely unappetizing. I would avoid them based on the pic’ alone. I do like cheese croissants so if I could get just a cheese filled….maybe – although I know I can’t.

    Not a choice. Sorry.

  2. Al says:

    Wow… Those look horrifically bad.

  3. SPM says:

    Going a little overboard on the Arby’s reviews lately aren’t we?

    • Adam says:

      No doubt. But then again we try to review and keep people updated on the new products, and it’s been slow for a number of places. Burger King and McDonald’s came out with new burgers in the past several weks, and in both cases we were on the scene. I think this review is a clear example that we’re not playing favorites though, if that’s what you’re getting at.

  4. Sam says:

    Oh, I don’t know…if you like warm and gooey, these fit the bill. As for sweet, well maybe not cotton candy sweet but it’s not like they are bitter. You do have to like or at least tolerate cinnamon.

    Just a different thought.

  5. jack says:

    i like arbys, but the only one in my city closed down.
    I hear arbys is going bankrupt!

  6. Mandy says:

    Only 3 seems like such a rip off since like you said, you can get a whole turnover for a buck! However, I’m still curious to try them, even though they look suspicious lol

  7. Chris says:

    I tried these lady week and I thought they were terrible

  8. Elizabeth Cross says:

    Just tried them tonight. Couldn’t get past the first bite. Had a very chemical taste. Gross.

  9. Lily says:

    I just tried them as a night snack and have to say the review is spot on. They tasted way too cinnamonny like straight from the bottle and no sugar and all gooey cream cheese with no taste. Yuck. At least they were only a dollar but I will stick with the turnovers which are great.

  10. Matt says:

    Review and Elizabeth are spot on. The exterior and the cream cheese filling are actually OK, but the cinnamon filling definitely has a chemical taste. Try them soon, before they disappear for good within a month!

  11. Jamie says:

    Just tried these a few minutes ago. Dear god, these were horrible. Taste like paste/chemicals. I want my dollar back and possible reimbursement for my trip to the ER for a stomach pump…

  12. Troy says:

    I bought these expecting the frosting on the inside to be like the turnover, not really oily gross cream cheese. Would have actually been tastey with that frosting instead. Would have been sweeter and played off the cinnamon better.

  13. Mt Sterling says:

    I had some of those today. They taste like melted plastic. I couldn’t finish them as I kept thinking of those little plastic army men I played with as a kid.

  14. Kristy says:

    Well I guess I am the only one that liked them here but I was looking for something not too sweet. It tasted sort of like a fried apple pie to me if you eat it all in one bite. Eating each side did not work well. I don’t know why it tasted like apple pie since it has no apple. The ones I ate were fresh out of the fryer and had to wait a while for them to cool off. Maybe the ones you had were not fresh? I found this while looking for a recipe to make something similar at home.

  15. Ambrosius says:

    Critics of the Arby’s cinnamon bites need to lighten up. First of all, we’re talking about fast food so you shouldn’t expect too much to begin with. I tried them today and they’re pretty flavorful. Try them for yourself and don’t worry about what some snobby food reviewer has to say about them (or anything else).

  16. Barbara says:

    I just had these and wish I had read the reviews before the girl at the counter ask if I wanted to try them. If only $1 you really don’t have much to lose, but I agree they were not that good and not worth the $1.

  17. Yvette says:

    First of all…..strange does describe these cinnamon bites. I just bought some, really wanted them to taste good but……….no way. Do not spend your dollar on these, buy a croaissant instead. Not worth the 300 calories, I threw out the other two, yuck.

  18. Marie says:

    Yuck, too strange, not worth the 300 calories. I ate one and threw out the other two. Buy a Croissant instead.

  19. Bobbie says:

    I love these, actually I just had some. My son works at Arbys and brought them home to me a couple weeks ago just to show me this new disgusting thing they had. Well I love them have even found myself stopping in to get them once. Of course, I always “HINT” for him to bring me an order after work but he never remembers. I DO NOT like cream cheese but I do like these. I am not sure I would try them after these descriptions, as previous poster I thought it was cream cheese icing at first. But they are good for a snack that isn’t too sweet.