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Your favourite and least favourite cinnamon buns

kwass Feb 6, 2014 06:01 PM

Just thought it would be nice to compile a list of best places to go for cinnamon buns.

I love the cinnamon buns @ Hey! On Roncy, although I hear they don't make baked goods anymore. They have more of a bread consistency, than a super cinnamon-y sticky bun.

I also love the cinnamon buns (although they're not cinnamon buns in the true sense....more of a cinnamon pastry) from Sud Forno.

Wasn't impressed with the Cinnamon buns from Mabel's bakery or Epi. Mabel's had way too much cinnamon and was sickeningly sweet.

Just wondering what other people's favourites are.

P.S. Fika in Kensington makes cinnamon buns that I'm dying to try!

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    FresserGuy Feb 6, 2014 06:33 PM

    Cobb's is one of my faves - I like that it doesn't have raisins :)

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      kwass Feb 6, 2014 06:39 PM

      I haven't tried Cobbs. Is it more of a sticky bun or does it have a bread-like consistency?

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        FresserGuy Feb 8, 2014 06:28 AM

        I'd say it's more bread-like

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          kwass Feb 8, 2014 07:14 AM

          Perfect! That's my preference!

    2. justsayn Feb 6, 2014 10:20 PM

      Sticky bun style at wagamama is insane.

      I forget if you've tried the CB at The Saint but they used to be fantastic.

      About 8 months ago I tried the cinnamon bun at Second Cup and was surprised how good it was. I remember it being less sticky bun and more bready.

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        kwass Feb 7, 2014 04:51 AM

        I tried to try the wagamama cinnamon bun, but they didn't have any the day I was there.

        And the Saint is still on my list. I'm actually going to make a point of getting there within the next few weeks.

      2. Full tummy Feb 7, 2014 02:33 AM

        Surprisingly the cinnamon bun at Tori's Bakeshop is excellent. I say surprisingly because Tori's is vegan. But, in my opinion, they have some pretty yummy baked goods there. I liked the combo of fresh, soft bun, crisp, chewy caramelized bits, and the frosting.

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          kwass Feb 7, 2014 04:52 AM

          Mmmmm....i might have to try Tori's CB :)

          Through Being Cool is also supposed to make a good cinnamon bun. I mention it, because it's a vegan bake shop as well.

        2. prima Feb 7, 2014 03:59 AM

          The Saint serves a good version at brunch, which is more of a sticky bun.

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            magic Feb 7, 2014 06:44 AM

            My favourite of all time in Toronto was from Cake Master on Cumberland. Unfortunately they closed several years ago after decades in business. If I ever find cinnamon buns like theirs again (more like danishes there, really) I will be a happy magic.

            I know I will get killed for this but my fave is Cinnabon classic roll. Passing through Eglinton subway station is killer. Anyone who has will know what I'm talking about. The smell of cinnamon buns there is narcotic.

            Harbord Bakery does a lovely one, as does Bagel World (but that's more of a Buffalo/Babka).

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              acd123 Feb 7, 2014 06:54 AM

              I picked up a couple from Harbord last week. They come in pairs. They were very good.

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                kwass Feb 7, 2014 07:00 AM

                I've had the sticky buns from Harbord Bakery. They are really delicious!!

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                kwass Feb 7, 2014 07:01 AM

                Magic, I have to agree...cinnabon cinnamon buns are the best!!

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                  magic Feb 7, 2014 07:06 AM


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                    Full tummy Feb 7, 2014 11:21 AM

                    Me too! Hard to just walk by a Cinnabon.

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                    Nevy Feb 25, 2014 10:34 AM

                    For all those who love Cinnabon, they have some pretty good deals on their facebook right now. In order to see the coupons, just 'like' their page and you'll get the following 3

                    - 50% Off a 15 ct Minibon Roll Cinnapack (Savings of $8.25)
                    - 50% Off a 6 ct Classic Roll Cinnapack (Savings of $7.75)
                    - Buy 1 Get 1 Classic Centre of the Roll (Savings of $3.39)

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                      kwass Feb 25, 2014 12:02 PM

                      Ooohh!! Thanks Nevy!!

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                        Nevy Feb 25, 2014 12:10 PM

                        I'm not the enabler of the donuts or awesome downtown baked goods but GTA outskirts items, I got those!

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                    magic Feb 7, 2014 06:45 AM

                    Great topic!

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                      kwass Feb 7, 2014 07:00 AM

                      Thanks magic!

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                      magic Feb 7, 2014 06:47 AM

                      Anyone try the new Cinnamon Brioche from Starbucks? I am curious about that. Will have to try.

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                        kwass Feb 7, 2014 07:00 AM

                        I've seen it, but haven't tried it yet. It looks awesome!!

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                          magic Feb 7, 2014 07:06 AM

                          Yeah I'm looking forward to trying those.

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                            kwass Feb 7, 2014 07:10 AM

                            Me too!!!!

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                          barneyvernon Feb 7, 2014 02:13 PM

                          I have and its nothing special. A bit dry. Don't waste your money or use up calories on these.

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                            kwass Feb 7, 2014 02:18 PM

                            So disappointed to hear that!

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                              magic Feb 7, 2014 05:31 PM

                              Thanks for the scoop barneyvernon...

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                            kingsway Feb 7, 2014 08:35 AM

                            Has anyone been to Sweet Trolley in the Junction. They have a bunch of handwritten bristol board signs stating they are the best.

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                              kwass Feb 7, 2014 08:46 AM

                              I haven't even heard of Sweet Trolley. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

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                              sman Feb 7, 2014 09:24 AM

                              Sweet Bliss in Leslieville used to make cinnamon buns on weekends. It's been a few years since I tried one so can't speak to dough/stickiness/sweetness but remember enjoying it. Maybe time for a revisit.

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                                kwass Feb 7, 2014 11:13 AM

                                I have a friend who used to rave about them!

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                                Klafouti Feb 7, 2014 01:15 PM

                                Your curiosity piqued mine - stopped by Fika this a.m. and had a cinnamon bun! It was pleasant but not amazing, to my taste. I liked that it was very cinnamony, and not too sweet - just a drizzle of white icing with some ground nuts on top. But the dough was kind of more like a cinnamon (and cinnamon-coloured) coffee cake, vs the light, stretchy white yeast dough I tend to expect. Nice, I thought, but not wow. Interested to know what others think!
                                PS Fika is a lovely, bright, welcoming space. Nice mix of small and communal tables, stools, armchairs... Seemed like a beautiful hang-out spot.

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                                  kwass Feb 7, 2014 01:48 PM

                                  Thanks for the report Klafouti!! I'm going to make an effort to get there soon, and when I do, I'll report back :)

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                                    MissBingBing Feb 8, 2014 04:32 AM

                                    Baited breath!

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                                      kwass Feb 8, 2014 04:40 AM


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                                  Phoenix Feb 8, 2014 07:13 PM

                                  Courage Foods on Kingston Road (in the Upper Beach) has fantastic cinnamon buns on the weekend. Sticky, sweet and yummy, they are addictive (it must be all the butter!)

                                  1. happycamper Feb 9, 2014 08:55 AM

                                    I am not gluten-/dairy free, but I have had cinnamon buns from Bunner's on Dundas W and they were crazy good.

                                    Definitely Wagamama's as well, like others had suggested.

                                    I have never been to the store, but a couple of gooey buns from Hansen's Danish Bakery landed on my desk a few weeks ago. Legit stuff.

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                                      kwass Feb 9, 2014 09:14 AM

                                      A girlfriend of mine told me the same thing about Bunner's. I'm definitely going to have to check it out! Thanks HC!!

                                    2. Otonabee Feb 9, 2014 11:27 AM

                                      The cinnamon buns at Courage Foods on Kingston Road have always been my fave. I think they only make them on weekends though.

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                                        kwass Feb 9, 2014 11:35 AM

                                        Adding to list :)

                                      2. Flexitarian Feb 26, 2014 09:03 AM

                                        I remember when we were a kid my Mom used to buy those rolls of cinnamon bun dough in the cardboard tube that you baked yourself. I know it sounds pretty kitschy but they are still my favourite. I only have a Cinnabon about once a year but agree they are very good.

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                                          kwass Feb 26, 2014 10:19 AM

                                          I always wanted to the those as a kid, bit sadly, I never did :(

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                                            justsayn Feb 26, 2014 10:21 AM

                                            Well you are more than making up for it now!! Worked out!

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                                              kwass Feb 26, 2014 10:24 AM

                                              That's true :)

                                        2. justsayn Apr 15, 2014 12:05 PM

                                          Hey Kwass. How's it goin!

                                          Grabbed a pretzel bagel from Tim Hortons today and saw they have some kind of ultra special amped to the max frosted cinnamon bun that their pushing. Looked like it could be your style! I didn't try it.


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                                            kwass Apr 15, 2014 12:15 PM

                                            So good to hear from you justsayn!! Thanks for letting me know about this! I will definitely check it out :)

                                            BTW, Have you tried the cinnamon brioche from Starbucks? They serve it heated, and it's actually pretty good!

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                                              justsayn Apr 15, 2014 12:18 PM

                                              NP - hope it's good! Maybe hedge your bet and grab a Waggama just in case! Two different styles.

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                                                kwass Apr 15, 2014 12:23 PM

                                                That's a great idea ;)

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                                            g.m. 1 day ago

                                            Brick St. Bread at Logan and Queen have the most scrumptious sticky ones but they sell out fast so go early.

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                                              kwass 1 day ago

                                              Do they only sell them at the Queen and Logan location or are they sold at all of the locations? Because I might be able to get to First Canadian Place next week to try one.

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                                                julesrules 1 day ago

                                                They don't carry them at FCP anymore. Too bad, they were good.. although I don't recall as sticky, more of the bready-and-not-as-sweet style, which is my preference (vs gooey Cinnabon).

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                                                  kwass 1 day ago

                                                  That's my preference too!!

                                                  That's a shame that they don't carry them @ FCP anymore. That's much more convenient for me than Queen and Logan.

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                                                    julesrules 1 day ago

                                                    Do you like raisins? I had a bit of an epiphany when I realized that the craving I had for bready, less-sweet cinnamon rolls was actually perfectly fulfilled by cinnamon raisin bread, like basic Sun Maid brand.
                                                    This time of year hot cross buns are nice too!

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                                                      kwass 1 day ago

                                                      I don't mind raisins in cinnamon bread, but I don't like them in cinnamon buns...weird, I know.

                                                      I think I've tried the Sun Maid Cinnamon Bread, and iirc, it's quite delicious toasted with butter :)

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