We were driving and driving. D happened to be in town. The original objective was to seek out fried Twinkies and Oreos, but to our surprise Mermaids went out of business. “Well this sucks,” I shared out loud while seeking for other venues offering the same pathetic goodness. So now we all know that as of June 2017 there are NO MORE FRIED TWINKIES in downtown Las Vegas!!! Horrible news, just horrible.
“Well, so now what?” D was basically asking.
Thinking quickly on my feet, “Hey, do you like cinnamon rolls?” Mind you, I keep a sugar log of places I must try and Cinnaholic was on it. From what I understood, it was basically Cinnabon and Yogurtland fused together…I was right.
We continued back on the dusty road, but this time to seek out these rolls of yeast with varied frosting and toppings. The northern/west location we visited was under contraction, but still open for business. We weren’t too sure at first. The outside didn’t look so welcoming, but the inside was clean while in its transitional stages.
Greeted by the display case once you enter, you are soon drawn to the cinnamon roll creations to choose from.
“Oh boy, what’s that one?”
“Hey, check that one out!”
“<hmm> I don’t know about peanut butter and jelly?”
If none of the pre-made items move you, you can continue down the counter picking and pointing at the varied frosting and topping selections posted on the wall to explore. A few of the frostings included banana, cherry, maple, pina colada and butter pecan. Toppings ranged from almonds, brownie bites, pie crumble, pretzels to strawberry jam. Sure, it can be overwhelming, but nonetheless satisfying.
“So, do you all hate cinnamon rolls?” I ask out loud to all the employees. Together they respond, “PRETTY MUCH!” We all laughed. I always find it funny when employees cross that point of overload concerning products they sell.
So for about $25 I purchased four cinnamon rolls <chuckle> . Three for myself and one for D. He went with a Oreo cookie crumble with fresh-cut Strawberries and drizzled Chocolate.
I raised the bar ordering from top to bottom, Mango frosting with fresh Blackberries. Next I went with the Peanut Butter frosting, loaded with Chocolate Chips. And to top it all off I chose the Coffee Cake from the display case, which included a sprinkling of brown sugar and oatmeal.
“Hey, you want to try some of this?” I asked. “Sure!” D replies.
We went back and forth cutting from each cinnamon roll. Needless to say, I started to become sick <lol>. However, do you know what’s interesting, Cinnabon doesn’t make me feel sick. As much crap as they put in those rolls, I am able to handle it. I guess it’s because they only offer a frosting rather than a strong flavored frosting plus toppings. With Cinnaholic, three bites of the first one was already much. It’s as if they went a little too far. I’m not against the toppings, I respect the gimmick, but you don’t want to over do something either. I would want to offer the best ratio with the idea of enjoying every bite rather than scraping off half of the toppings because it was too much. What if I said I wish there was more focus on raw flavor than sugar? Let’s take the peanut butter and chocolate. For my New Years (birthday) I’m now always making a chocolate peanut butter cup cake which contains a chocolate fudge cake, peanut butter cream icing and gnash. Oh and the candy on top – how can I forget. And I don’t feel overloaded. I can eat a lot of it and feel satisfied/pleased. I can’t put my finger on it, but something was weird about their peanut butter or the two selections combined. So could it be their ingredients or preparation of their items? I think I was just disappointed because of this crazy high expectation I formed in my mind – NOT to say it was nasty or horrible. I mean, the dough was nice and soft, no complaints. Customer service was great and I enjoy the concept of the shop. I even had the chance to sample a frosting. Will I return? Sure, but…I think I’ll be a little more mindful as to which flavors to choose and to tell them to hold back on the amount of frosting.
Check their site to see if there’s a location in your state.
Don’t worry, I did not eat them all in one setting. D took his home and I packaged up my three and picked at them the following night…while home alone…in the dark…while watching tv (BIG SMILE).
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