Those of us who have a sweet tooth rarely enjoy toast with just butter, usually it is accompanied with honey, jam or on especially indulgent days: cinnamon & sugar. Land O Lakes has us with a sweet tooth in mind with their all natural Cinnamon Sugar Spread. The spread has: Cream, sugar, canola oil, water, cinnamon, salt and citric acid. It smells delicious, like a cinnamon roll (woody & cinnamon bark like). I had to spread it generously on my toast to get the desired effect and even then I was slightly disappointed. The cinnamon part was great: like a cinnamon roll with vanilla icing; but the spread lacked all butter flavor. Cinnamon sugar toast needs to have a generous amount of butter on it, nicely melted to absorb generous amounts of sugar and dusted lightly with ground cinnamon. I enjoy the butter flavor of cinnamon toast, which was missing in the Land O Lakes spread.
Four pieces of toast, two for me and one for each of my children used about 1/4 of the container. One of my girls enjoyed the toast, but the other “pickier” one would only take a little bite. I was surprised at her response, because she loves the warm cinnabon bars by Kellogg.
Cinnamon is a spice native to Sri Lanka and India and is actually the inner bark of an evergreen tree that can grow to 35 feet. After the bark is peeled from the tree, cinnamon’s inner bark dries and curls into its characteristic single quill. There is also Cassia, Chinese Cinnamon, which the United states approves to be sold as cinnamon. It is stronger, slightly bittersweet and when its inner bark dries, it curls from both ends. I suspect cassia is used in the cinnamon sugar spread, because of the strength. Cassia is typically used as cinnamon in American cuisine.
Surprisingly, not all cultures enjoy cinnamon in the same way. Indian and South Asian countries use cinnamon in savory foods (curries and rice dishes) as well as teas. When I visited Japan, I found very few people who didn’t despise cinnamon. Cinnamon has some recent media attention in lowering cholesterol http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-cinnamon.html and a long-term use as an antiseptic to preserve food.