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Burlap and Barrel Royal Cinnamon Review

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  • Cinnamon has become a signature of my morning routine.
  • I use Burlap and Barrel Royal Cinnamon in oatmeal, coffee, etc.
  • The single-origin spice brings a complex sweetness to breakfast.

Breakfast is an essential part of my morning routine. I’ve been known to grab a muffin before coffee and keep a granola bar in my travel bag in case I can’t find anything else. Looking for a way to have something sweet other than sugar, I found myself putting cinnamon in everything. Specifically, I’m in love with Burlap and Barrel’s Royal Cinnamon.

I discovered Burlap and Barrel Single Origin Spices while researching for our best pepper mill and spice grinder guides. It is a public benefit corporation that develops personal relationships with spice producers around the world.

Specifications

Spices

Burlap and barrel Royal Cinnamon and Cinnamon Verum side by side, showing the lighter color of Royal Cinnamon


Lily Ali


I tried two different cinnamon from Burlap and Barrel: royal cinnamon and verum cinnamon. Royal cinnamon is recognizable as the spice you have a jar of in your pantry, only with added tasting notes of brown butter, buckwheat honey and orange peel, while cinnamon verum is fascinatingly different. Used more often in savory dishes, verum has flavor notes of pine and sea salt. It comes from a different species of cinnamon tree and has a distinct citrus flavor.

At first, I was surprised by the prices: a 1.8 ounce jar of Royal Cinnamon is $9, while you can buy a 2.37 ounce jar of McCormick Cinnamon for $2.50. I could tell the difference from the first moment I opened the jar – it felt like I had just ground a stick of cinnamon or pulled snickerdoodles out of the oven.

How I use royal cinnamon

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Burlap and Barrel Royal Cinnamon next to a red and white polka dot coffee mug with cinnamon on top


Lily Ali


When your spices are fresh and of higher quality, you need fewer enhancing ingredients, such as sugar. By using royal cinnamon in my oatmeal or coffee, I naturally add less sugar as the spice carries its own sweetness.

I also use cinnamon in my baking, and it takes my cinnamon swirl bread to a whole new level. The finely ground spice goes well with granulated sugar and makes my whole kitchen smell like cinnamon while the bread is baking.

The bottom line

I might not splurge on cloves that will sit untouched in my pantry for months, but one spice I pull out every day deserves special consideration. After using Burlap and Barrel Royal Cinnamon, I’m addicted to the sharp, spicy flavor.

Benefits: Complex flavor, strong enough that you can use small amounts, adds sweetness

The inconvenients: Expensive, no shaker lid

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