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A cautionary tale about Saigon Cinnamon

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I bought two large contains of Saigon Cinnamon for my pumpkin spice cakes and both my husband and I noticed a grit in it.  Sort of like eating a piece of cake on a windy beach and getting very fine particles of sand in your mouth.  I started eliminating ingredients and replacing them with others - there were only two that I've tried differently this year and one was the cinnamon.  I'll use it up in gingerbread houses and crunchy cookies where you can't tell which crunch is which but in cakes, it's pretty noticeable.  Wanted you to know.  So sad because it's double strength and awesome tasting - just don't like eating sand and I know my customers won't either.

post #2 of 13

Could you sift the larger particles out?

 

Thanks for the heads up

post #3 of 13

oh dang it--i love that stuff--what brand did you get?

 

could you take it back?

if you had your own tv show what would be your favorite commercial/sponsor

i think i'd like ghirardelli and hershey for starters...

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if you had your own tv show what would be your favorite commercial/sponsor

i think i'd like ghirardelli and hershey for starters...

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Nope, it truly looks like a powder but when it hits your teeth it feels like micro particles of a hard substance.  Sort of like when you brush your teeth with a toothpaste that has those scrubbing (teeth whitening) particles in it.  Gritty.    Honestly, my husband will eat anything!!!! but each time he bit into this years batch of pumpkin spice cake he couldn't finish it because it reminded him of extra fine beach sand and turned him off.

post #5 of 13

It sounds like you got a bad batch.  Cinnamon is simply ground up tree bark so maybe they bottled it too early.

post #6 of 13
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Could be.  Stranger things have happened.  Just wanted to let everyone know in case it happens to you - knowledge is power and this will save you a lot of time trying to figure it out.

post #7 of 13

I have some Saigon cinnamon from Costco and haven't noticed anything similar.  However, I wonder if part of their grinding equipment ended up in the batch?  Microscopic metal bits?   I think you should return it as defective and get a refund.  No part of a cinnamon stick (bark) seems like it would produce a sandy or gritty material.

 

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Originally Posted by liz at sugar View Post
 

I have some Saigon cinnamon from Costco and haven't noticed anything similar.  However, I wonder if part of their grinding equipment ended up in the batch?  Microscopic metal bits?   I think you should return it as defective and get a refund.  No part of a cinnamon stick (bark) seems like it would produce a sandy or gritty material.

 

Liz

 

I agree with this!  I ground my own cinnamon last time and even though some pieces weren't "fully" ground and in tiny chunks, they were definitely not gritty like sand.  Still soft enough to chew on.  I'd return it, please stop eating it in case there is something unsafe in there.

post #9 of 13
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Will do.  Sometimes there's equipment failure.  Honestly the bits are microscopic but when your teeth grind into something - with almost each bite, it truly is a concern.

post #10 of 13
Definitely contact the manufacturer as well as the retailer.
post #11 of 13

what brand is it? did i miss that somewhere?

if you had your own tv show what would be your favorite commercial/sponsor

i think i'd like ghirardelli and hershey for starters...

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if you had your own tv show what would be your favorite commercial/sponsor

i think i'd like ghirardelli and hershey for starters...

Reply
post #12 of 13
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Kirkland. COSTCO's brand.

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Kirkland. COSTCO's brand.

I have one of those at home, and it is nothing like that. You definitely got a messed up batch!

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