It is true. The Eickelbergs love us some cinnamon rolls! They have become our “special occasion” breakfast. Is it your birthday? You get cinnamon rolls. Is it a holiday? You get cinnamon rolls. Does Dave have a day off from work? Cinnamon rolls it is. What’s that? It’s Saturday?! Cinnamon rolls for everyone!
Are they good for you? Not at all.
Are they awesome? YES!
I’m sure we could do some research and find a great recipe to make some from scratch. But seriously, who has time for that? If we made them only once or twice per year, maybe we would start making them from scratch, but we make them all the time so we want cinnamon rolls that are fast and really good. So to finish off Breakfast Week at 1 cup Awesome, today’s Food Face-Off Friday is:
Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls
Cost: 50¢ per cinnamon roll at Target
Nutrition: Serving size 1 cinnamon roll: Calories 310, Total Fat 9g, Sugars 22g
Taste: The cinnamon flavor in these was great and they looked perfect. The rolls were pretty dry around the outside and the frosting was sugary. They were good, but had kind of an artificial taste to them.
Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls
Cost: 30¢ per cinnamon roll at Target
Nutrition: Serving size 1 cinnamon roll: Calories 280, Total Fat 8g, Sugars 19g
Taste: Good cinnamon flavor. The rolls were really soft and chewy and the frosting was creamy. Tasted like the cinnamon rolls we both grew up eating for school lunch on chili day.
Cost Breakdown: Though the Rhodes were more expensive up front, they are actually a much better bargain. You get twelve in a package instead of five and they come with two frosting packs, which is convenient if you only want to make six at a time.
Cost Winner: Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls
Nutrition Breakdown: Pretty close on nutrition. The Rhodes are slightly lower in calories, fat and sugars, but they are also a little smaller.
Nutrition Winner: Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls
Taste Breakdown: While the Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls had a good cinnamon flavor and a gooey bite in the middle of each roll, every bite of the Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls was soft and gooey. They just melted in your mouth!
Taste Winner: Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls
Overall Winner: Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls
The Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls may look more appetizing and are good for a spur of the moment craving for cinnamon rolls. You take them out of the fridge, throw them in a pan and cook them for 25 minutes and you are good to go. The Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls take a little more planning. They come frozen and need some time to rise before baking. There are a few different ways to accomplish this, but the fastest way takes 1 1/2 hours for the rolls to rise and 15 minutes to cook. So you’ll need to know about 2 hours in advance in you want to make Rhodes. This is never a problem for us since they are pretty much always on our minds!
What’s your favorite cinnamon roll? Did you grow up eating cinnamon rolls with chili like we did? If not, you need to try it! It’s an amazing combo!
*Sarah would like the records to show that she did not spread the frosting on the Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls. Dave was in a big hurry one morning and spread the frosting on and then took a quick picture. Upon seeing the frosting job that Dave had done, Sarah said, “Seriously? That’s what they’re gonna look like?” The spreading of the frosting is in no way indicative of the taste of those bad boys!