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Where to buy cinnamon sticks in bulk?

The Librarian Dec 2, 2012 03:53 PM

I want to make some Christmas tree ornaments using small bunches of cinnamon sticks. Any thoughts where I can buy lots of them for a reasonable price? I'd prefer Marin, San Francisco, or the East Bay if possible. Thanks!

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    Rapini Dec 2, 2012 03:59 PM

    Try the Food Mill in Oakland

    1. BernalKC Dec 2, 2012 05:28 PM

      I don't know about the price, but Rainbow sells them in bulk. I find that you can ask a worker there and they will sell any bulk items in the quantities they get from their suppliers.

      1. paulj Dec 2, 2012 05:38 PM

        What kind of sticks do you want? The neat 'swizzle sticks'? Mexican groceries are likely to carry true (Ceylon) cinnamon, which is a thinner bark, while Vietnamese ones sell a chunky thick bark.

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          Mr_Happy Dec 2, 2012 06:48 PM

          Costco.

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            mr_darcy Jan 20, 2013 08:12 PM

            Specifically - Costco Business in Hayward has rather large jugs of cinnamon sticks for pretty cheap.

          2. Robert Lauriston Dec 2, 2012 06:57 PM

            Lhasa Karnak in Berkeley sells Batavian cinnamon sticks for $13 a pound and Ceylonese for twice that.

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              mochimunchie Dec 2, 2012 07:14 PM

              Indus Foods on San Pablo Ave x University Ave in Berkeley has 5 oz packages of 5 1/2" long sticks for $1.99

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                sambamaster Dec 2, 2012 07:20 PM

                I think the price at this place was about 4.99/pound in their bulk section last time I was there! Maybe a bit more..

                Milan International
                990 University Ave
                (between 8th St & 9th St)
                Berkeley, CA 94710

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                  ML8000 Dec 2, 2012 07:33 PM

                  Berkeley Bowl as well.

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