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Feb 15, 2012 10:19 AM

Where can I get high quality cinnamon (for cinnamon buns)?

Have a recipe for Cinnabon-like cinnamon buns -

They took quite a bit of work to make but turned out really well. I just used some generic cinnamon from the grocery store and I think they can be even better with higher quality cinnamon. Anyone know where I can find it...maybe a hidden gem local grocery store? Thanks!

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    1. re: Otonabee

      Spice Trader also sells Saigon Cinnamon, as well as Cassia. The Saigon Cinnamon has a stronger fragrance than Ceylon Cinnamon. I use both Saigon and Ceylon Cinnamon when I'm cooking, but I haven't tried baking with Saigon Cinnamon.

    2. Try Saigon Cinnamon from the McCormick's brand. It's a step up from regular cinnamon, but still available at supermarkets.

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      1. re: merlot143

        But it's still McCormick's overpriced spices. My recommendation is to try and find cassia and ceylon quills, we use both in our house. Ceylon more than cassia but we definitely use both. A quill will have a negligible cost. I buy about 200 for around $10 maybe of both kinds, then I give them out to family and friends as gifts. We use about 1 stick of cinnamon a week in our house. It's an often overlooked spice in your cupboard. Use it the next time you are making savoury dishes, use whole quills while making stews, soups, or chili. During the middle ages cinnamon (ceylon) was probably the most used ingredient to spice meats (especially when going off).
        I go with Otonabee's recommendation of the spice trader if you aren't going to buy a lot.

        1. re: BusterRhino

          And where would you go if you were going to buy a lot?

          1. re: Full tummy

            I use industrial spice companies to purchase from, usually by the skid. Try I have used them and will use them again.

            1. re: BusterRhino

              wow - what a great site!
              Thanks BusterRhino for posting about this.
              I'm definitely putting in an order.

              1. re: BusterRhino

                Thanks! That site is new to me and looks great.

        2. I would go to Penzeys to get cinnamon. my favorite!

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