October 4, 2013

National Cinnamon Roll Day

“I like cinnamon rolls, but I don't always have time to make a pan. That's why I wish they would sell cinnamon roll incense. After all I'd rather light a stick and have my roommate wake up with false hopes.” - Mitch Hedberg

It's National Cinnamon Roll Day!

This tradition, which started in Sweden in 1999, was created by Hembakningsrådet (Sweden's "Home Baking Council"). As the organization looked for a way to celebrate their fortieth anniversary, they thought the best to do so was with cinnamon rolls which they consider a symbol of Swedish home baking, and the perfect nostalgia food.

It only makes sense, in our melting pot of a country, to celebrate today, too!

For years, every Thanksgiving my mom would make a batch of orange-flavored cinnamon rolls early in the morning when she and I were the only ones awake. After prepping the turkey, she and I would steal away to the living room and enjoy a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll or three in the stillness of dawn. Some of my favorite memories come from those moments.

To this day she continues to be my cinnamon roll "Phone a Friend." I discovered Immaculate Baking Company's cinnamon rolls after they sponsored the Almanac of Eats blog last year. I had never purchased them before because they were $6 a sleeve where I was living at the time. After trying them once, though, I was hooked. They're doughy and flaky, the cinnamon inside is balanced and not overpowering, and the icing adds a the perfect creamy, sweet finish. Every time I've ever purchased them, the cashier - doesn't matter what store I'm at, doesn't matter who the cashier is - always makes the same comment: "THESEARETHEBESTCINNAMONROLLSINTHEWORLD." I agree with them, we share a litle smile with one another, and I leave feeling good because I know I'm part of some secret group that knows how perfect these cinnamon rolls are.

There is absolutely no other way I'd want to celebrate today (well, unless a lovely Swedish grandmother wanted to make me a super authentic batch, that is!).

Happy National Cinnamon Roll Day!

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are totally my own. I purchased the product mentioned above with my own money, and in no way was asked to write this. I genuinely love Immaculate Baking Company's cinnamon rolls!