Review: Cinnabon Delights from Taco Bell

I drive by a Taco Bell every day.  Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been driving by the same Taco Bell with “Try Cinnabon Delights” written on the marquee.  Every time I glance at the sign I think about how I still haven’t tried the latest Taco Bell dessert.  I then think about how Taco Bell dessert hasn’t really interested me that much since the Choco Taco.  Taco Bell dessert kits are out on grocery store shelves, but sadly nothing like it on the restaurant menu.  After this I think of my Nosh Show revelation of never having a Cinnabon.  All of this reflecting on junk food doesn’t mean it’s time to reassess my life decisions, it was just time to finally stop and make a purchase.  Here are my impressions of new Cinnabon Delights from Taco Bell.

Cinnabon Delights BagNew Cinnabon Delights from Taco Bell are described like this:

…golden bite-sized pastries filled with warm Cinnabon® frosting, dusted with the famous Cinnabon® Makara® cinnamon sugar and served warm.

Who gets the credit when two companies merge to offer a new product?  Cinnabon is the company behind the Cinnabon Delights and Taco Bell is the mainstream vessel that will carry the dessert to a bigger audience.  Whatever the case, the partnership between Taco Bell and Cinnabon has started off to a great start because Cinnabon Delights are pretty awesome.  Kudos to both Cinnabon and Taco Bell.

Cinnabon Delights 1Priced at $1.49, you get four Cinnabon Delights for your order. Maybe $1.49 is a couple quarters away from being a really killer deal, but it still seemed fair to me.  Each Cinnabon Delight is around a misshapen golfball size and all four were about the same size/weight with equal amount of filling.

Cinnabon Delights 2Cinnabon Delights are a bit messy with being coated in Makara cinnamon sugar and they’ll likely leave some grease stains on whatever they touch.  These decadent dessert balls are worth whatever finger-licking cleanup is needed, but they are sized just about right to make for a decent “poppable” treat.  The cinnamon sugar dusted sweet crust exterior is delicately crisp while the warm Cinnabon frosting center oozes with a thick and creamy kick of sugar.  I had my Cinnabon Delights soon after I placed my order so I hesitate to recommend them in any other way but warm.

Cinnabon Delights 3I’m not sure how well Cinnabon Delights fit in with fast food Mexican-esque Taco Bell creations, but they are still a nice addition to the menu.  I rarely ever pay any attention to dessert items at Taco Bell since nothing has ever grabbed my attention since Choco Tacos.  With Cinnabon Delights occupying a space on the menu, I have now changed my mind with at least one dessert.  Worth a buy.

Pros: Sugar. Sugar. Sugar. Warm, creamy sweet center. A Taco Bell dessert menu item that got my attention. Sugar.

Cons: Dusty cinnamon sugar plus a little on the oily side might make for a minor grubbing on the go challenge.

Taste: 8.50/10
Value: 7.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.75/10
Price: $1.49

Overall GrubGrade: 8.25/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
4-pack Cinnabon Delights (57g serving size)
260 calories
Total Fat - 15 grams
Saturated Fat - 3.5 grams
Cholesterol - 10 milligrams
Sodium - 130 milligrams
Carbs - 28 grams
Dietary Fiber - 1 gram
Sugars - 16 grams
Protein - 3 grams

26 comments on “Review: Cinnabon Delights from Taco Bell

  1. Jonathan Wayne says:

    I love them. Now I might have to go get in the car in the freezing cold and get some. The only problem with them is that I wish they only dusted them with cinnamon sugar. There is just too much of it. I always have to take a napkin and remove most of it from them. Rally’s/Checkers has the same problem with their apple pies, great pie, but way too much cinnamon sugar.

    • JF says:

      You can ask them to not put the cinnamon/sugar on it. Ask for it on the side (they’ll give it to you in that little plastic container they used to use for the cheese on their nachos).

  2. Sheila says:

    Thanks for the review! I’m interested in trying these and might have to stop by a Taco Bell sometime soon in order to do so.

    I’ve never been too excited about desserts at Taco Bell (I never had the Choco Taco), but these Cinnabon Delights sort of made me wonder whether Taco Bell could come out with a sopapilla-like dessert? Maybe make either a regular-sized pastry/bread or a mini-version (and include like 4 small ones in each order) with a side of honey for dipping. I remember enjoying sopapillas at an authentic Mexican restaurant when I was younger, so I’d be interested in trying a Taco Bell/fast food version, even though it most likely wouldn’t be as good!

  3. ahecht says:

    Was the Taco Bell Choco Taco any different from the Klondike one that every gas station seems to carry?

  4. Sarah says:

    There is NO SUCH THING as too much cinnamon sugar. I choose my places of preferred dining based on how much cinnamon sugar they can pack onto fried dough.

    The best churros in the world, by the way, are from Rubios. They are half cinnamon sugar.

  5. BigBelly says:

    my head hurts real bad after reading this, I’ve tried and tried, but I cannot possibly imagine there ever being to much cinnamon & sugar on anything

  6. Will Buckingham says:

    I’ve had the Cinnabon version of these with the icing off on the side rather than inside the pastry. Those ended up being very tasty, but a gigantic mess, because guess what happens when you try to dip a cinnamon sugar ball into icing? You lose a layer of sugar to the icing and get no icing on the actual ball, and trying to dig some out sends sugar flying everywhere. So avoiding that issue with the Cinnabon taste sounds pretty appealing. I might have to do Taco Bell tomorrow for lunch and see if they have them available (it would be pretty funny if they’re selling Cinnabon branded products about 5 stalls down from an actual Cinnabon in the food court).

  7. rebecca says:

    I love them so much.. I am wondring how to make it tho like a homemade tho. Just the filling. They were so good. For my first time and they were awsome.

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  10. dm says:

    Friendly but urgent warning: DO NOT TRY THESE! I lay awake at all hours knowing Taco Bell is open and four little deliscous warm balls of yumminess are awaiting with my name written on them in cinnamon

    • sun123 says:

      Agreed – DO NOT TRY THESE.
      Very suspicious, either the sugar / cinnamon or the filling must contain crack or they wouldn’t be so addictive. First your trying them, then your hooked on their 12packs

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  12. dillon says:

    i work at a taco bell and let me tell you they use the right sugar and cinnamon for the first batch they fry in the morning. after that they use a less expensive cheaper sugar and cinnamon. i even got yelled at for using the correct cinnamon and sugar which is just one thing combined saying and i quote “that sugars more expensive dont use it use the cheaper stuff” .

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  15. Anna Marie says:

    I need the recipe for it so I can make it

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  17. Danielle says:

    I love cinnabon and thought I’d enjoy these but I didn’t. The taste is there but they were extremely greasy. Too greasy to enjoy.

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  19. heather says:

    We tried these last weekend and were very dissappointed. We got red cake,possibly cherry flavored with some sort of sprinkling on the outside which was nothing like cinnamon sugar. THe only part that fit the description was the size, the filling and the bag.

  20. DJ says:

    As an older person, I try to save my money for a “rainy” day. I “discovered” Taco Bell all over again two months ago. I ordered something 15 years ago and was not happy with it. Ergo, a hiatus of 15 years. I do not know why I stopped two months ago, but now I find myself there one or two times a week. The cinnabons are to die for and their chicken chalupa is well worth more than what they charge for it. Right now I feel so fat, I ate all 12 of the cinnabons. Keep doing what you are doing Taco Bell. You again have me as a customer. Thank you.

  21. Dee says:

    Next time I am in the States I have to try these!

    If you ever go up North, in Canada they have a chain called Tim Hortons (aka Timmie’s or Tim’s) which is a breakfast/lunch focused fast food chain. They have carried what is aptly called “Timbits”, essentially doughnut holes in a variety of flavours and fillings if any at all which these cinnabon delights resemble. They carry some of the full sized doughnuts as well. I’m also reminded of the Cinnabon Delights by Tim’s newer creation with Nutella called “Nutella pastry pockets” which are sugar covered. So delicious.

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