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.

Taste: 9.50/10
Value: 8.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $1.00

Overall GrubGrade: 9.00/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 300 Fat - 11g Saturated Fat - 5g Trans Fat - 0g Cholesterol - 5mg Sodium - 280mg Carbohydrates - 45g Sugar - 20g Protein - 6g  

18 comments on “Review: Cinnabon Minibon Roll from Burger King

  1. john says:

    so was it a dollar for the 2 or $2?

  2. Jordan says:

    Aww, how sweet of you Murray.

  3. Bob Statz says:

    as homer would say…”ah, cinnabon!”

  4. Justin ST says:

    I’m sorry, I’ve had the real Cinnabon, and this garbage from Burger King is terrible!

  5. Zachary Jacob Zblewski says:

    $300.50 actually 😛 And since you bought 2, you’re down to $200.34 each now!

  6. Lily Sheng says: lol!
    I absolutely love Cinnabon! Even though one regular bon has probably more calorie than a burger king sandwich… It’s very smart of BK to partner with Cinnabon, I swore to never step foot in BK after my last bad experience, now guess what? With the $1 deal this weekend I might just have to. (Is it 2 minibons for $1 or did you pay $2 for them?) Believe me when I say I could withstand the smell, what I can’t though, is the texture of the roll. There’s nothing like it, it doesn’t taste like bread or cake dough, it’s just so smooth and somehow manages to just melt in your mouth.

    • Justin ST says:

      Don’t get too excited, it’s pretty horrible. Had it again at lunch to make sure I wasn’t crazy, at a different location. They are the worst things in the world. They are overbaked and the frosting is definitely not up to Cinnabon standards.

  7. Lily Sheng says:

    Wait, are they not made by Cinnabon and shipped to Burger King for distribution? BK actually bakes them?

  8. sta says:

    They told me it was $1 but they charged me $2.17 for the two in one box so if they are in fact regularly $2.17 apiece (with tax) as good as they are they’re overpriced.

  9. Gemini says:

    I thought these were TERRIBLE (and I love Cinnabon).

    They were dense, chewy and hard like they had been sitting under a hotlamp, with a pathetically thin smattering of icing, making them so dry and flavorless that I couldn’t eat them.

    McDonald’s Cinnamon Melts are superior to these.

    • laura says:

      Cinnomelts- Exactly. I love Cinnobon but its very far so had been enjoying cinnmelts from mcds.. was thrilled to hear Burger King few minutes away were bring Cinnobons! What a let down!

  10. Ronnie says:

    You don’t actually think Cinnabon would actually put their marquise product in a BK do ya? No way!! Probably only cinnabons signature cinnamon and spices and someone else bakes it up for BK and that’s why they are so terrible. You aren’t getting the same exact product. Just like at a grocery store when you but TGIF appetizers or any other main brands, they suck compared to what u get in the restaurants.

  11. laura says:

    I agree total fail! rock hard roll, not the same frosting.. big mistake on cinnabons part.. but its all about the money screw the delicious reputation of heaven in a box… now in the hands of pimple nosed teenagers.. it is not the same… no where near. You’re better off going to the grocery store picking up their 3 day old cinnamon buns then this waste of money.

  12. Josh says:

    Yeah. I’m a BK restaurant manager and we bake these ourselves in the restaurant as well as frosting them. If cooks are allowed to do it unattended these can be awful. So many quality control issues, especially when you put preparation in the hands of a 17 year old who couldn’t care less and just wants to do the job in a hurry and get out of there.

  13. Sarah says:

    Soooooo gross! I’ve tried them 4 times thinking they’d get better, and they weren’t.
    They’re hard. Definitely nothing close to a cinnabon. Someone asked me the other day how long ago Ive eaten one…. I said years. I totally forgot about the BK kind.

    They made zero impression on me, and are NOT the same as the Cinnabon store. Oh and by me? They’re $3 plus dollars.
    Save your money!!

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