Friday, October 7, 2022

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Everything taste test - 5 new items from Betty Crocker

It's time for a taste test! We've tried so many different Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereals where they've tried to be something else. Like Churros, Apple Pie, and Sugar Cookies. Today though we've got other tasty items that are trying to be like Cinnamon Toast Crunch! 

My brother Patrick saw these announced by Betty Crocker first and bought them all for us to try. There's Cinnamon Toast Crunch cookie mix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch pancakes, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cake mix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch frosting, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Coffee Cake mix. 

First there's the Cinnamon Toast Crunch cookies with Cinnadust. 

And then a Cinnamon Toast Crunch complete Cinnadust pancake kit, which includes the pancake mix, Cinnadust, and cereal topping. 

There's the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cinnadust cake mix, and we can't forget the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cinnadust frosting. 

And finally the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cinnadust coffee cake mix. Thanks for all the help Cinnamoji. 

Everyone offered to take a different item and get it baked up. I started things out by making the cookies. 

Just add 1 egg, butter, and the cookie mix. 

Stir it all together then drop it onto a cookie sheet. 

The bottom of the cookie package suggests that we should "Try it with Cinnadust Frosting" so let's go ahead and take a look at that too. Inside the frosting tub is a gooey white frosting with what looks like brown sugar crystals and cinnamon. 

Looks tasty!

Patrick opted to take the CTC Coffee Cake. 

Add a couple eggs, oil, water, along with the cake mix and stir it all up. 

After it goes in the pan, sprinkle the streusel topping over the batter, and then bake!

Jess took on the challenge of the Cinnamon Toast Crunch cake. Just add, you guessed it, eggs, oil, water, and the cake mix. 

Nice to have the proper bakeware to cook a layer cake! 

As you can imagine, the house was smelling fantastic with all the cinnamon baked goods going in the oven. 

Those needed about 25 minutes in the oven, but when they came out, they looked wonderful. Can't eat them just yet though. They need a little bit of time to cool before we can frost them. 

That'll give us just enough time to make some fresh pancakes with the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Pancake Kit. 

Megan took on the challenge of pancake making. Just add milk to the mix. 

Then gently stir in the Cinnadust powder. Only a few times because we don't want to overmix it. We're looking for swirls. 

And I'd say we've got it! Megan poured the perfect amount of batter onto the buttered griddle pan. 

And executed the perfect pancake flip. There's definitely a skill to it, otherwise you'll end up with misshapen pancakes, or pancakes that land on each other, leaving raw batter on top of cook pancakes. 

What a Cinnamon Toast Crunch feast! I've also included the original Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal to give everyone an idea of what we're comparing these to, and what inspired everything here. 

Everybody get some pieces of the cereal to kick this off. 
Patrick - Baseline! See how you like it! The one cereal I enjoy more without milk. I can eat it by the handful. 
Jess - At one point it was my favorite cereal. Now it's Lucky Charms. 
Joe - I love cinnamon cereal. Remember Cröonchy Stars from the Muppets Swedish Chef?

Let's start with the cookies!
Theresa - Yes!
Megan - I like the flavor, but it tastes stale.
Joe - Like a little overcooked snickerdoodle cookie. 
Megan - The lazy man's snickerdoodle. 

Theresa - They're overcooked. 
Sheila - I like the flavor though. 
Joe - There was no liquid that went into these cookies. Just egg and butter. Maybe that contributed to the dryness. The frosting helps a little. 
Megan - Maybe if they were soaked in milk. Or maybe soaked in coffee. 

Next, let's try the pancakes. They're still warm! The box comes with a little bit of cereal topping to go with the pancakes. 

Let's see how the pancakes are. 

I've got a plate with maple syrup here that everyone can dip their pancake in. 
Joe - These are all perfectly cooked by Megan. 
Joe - Does it remind you of Cinnamon Toast Crunch enough to be called a Cinnamon Toast Crunch pancake? 
Everyone all at once - No!
Jess - It tastes like a pancake that has cinnamon in it. 
Patrick - It tastes like a pancake. 
Ian - It's a pancake. 
Jon - The syrup drowns out any of the pancake flavor too. 
Joe - And without the syrup? 
Jess - Eww. I don't like the aftertaste. It turns mushy and gummy. 
Patrick - I know what you can do with the leftovers Joe.
Megan - I made them. You will eat them. So what were going to say about them Patrick? 

Next up, let's have the coffee cake!
Joe - It looks fantastic! 
Ian - Taste-wise let's find out. 

Patrick - Ooh, it's soft. 
Megan - It's nice and moist at least. 
Avery - Cinnamonomon
Joe - It's nice and fluffy. 
Megan - I don't hate it. 
Joe - Out of everything so far, the coffee cake is my favorite. 
Jess - Cinnamon Toast is such a generic flavor anyway, it's hard to say that it tastes more like the cereal. 
Theresa - It's a cinnamon cake, which is great.  

And finally we have the Cinnamon Toast Crunch cake. Nice job on the layering Jess! That looks lovely. 

Megan - Eh. That's just a canned frosting taste. It's bad canned frosting. Like powdery. 
Theresa - I don't like that frosting. It's just gritty and not good. 

Patrick - Avery, eat the cake. Not just the frosting. 
Megan - I'll share with you Avery. 

Joe - How's the cake?
Patrick - The cake without the frosting is good. 

Ian - I love the frosting. 

Let's go around the room to see what the favorites are. 
Theresa - I need to retaste the coffee cake and cinnamon cake. 

Joe - Coffee cake, then regular cake.
Patrick - Coffee cake, then cereal. 
Megan - Cereal, then coffee cake. 
Jess - Cereal, then cake.
Avery - Cake, then frosting.
Ian - Regular cake, then coffee cake. 
Alli - Regular cake, then coffee cake. 
Emma - Cereal then coffee cake. 
Pop Pop - Cereal and coffee cake. 
Gram - Regular cake, coffee cake, cookies, cereal. 
Jon - Coffee cake then cereal. 
Theresa - Coffee cake then regular cake. Definitely. 

That's 4 first place votes for coffee cake, 4 first place votes for cereal, and 4 first place votes for regular cake. Interesting. 

Joe - Was everyone's disappointment the pancakes? 

So how about those two cakes? 
Theresa - It's hard to tell. I think the regular cake is a little lighter density than the coffee cake. In the end, the coffee cake was surprising, and tasted better than the regular one. 

And what about the frosting? 
Megan - If the frosting was homemade with cinnamon in it, it would be a whole lot better. 
Joe - Only the kids and Sheila thought the frosting was anything special. Everyone else preferred not to have it on their desserts. 

Thanks Patrick and Megan for supplying all the treats today and all the bakers for making it! 

1 comment:

  1. Liked seeing the Cinnamoji pictured alongside each food added a little something to the photo that's hard to put into words. The taste test was a little extra special because it involved a different baker for each baked item...a true family affair! Can imagine the yummy aroma in the house with all those baking cinnamon goods. Three-way tie for top honors...the moistness of the regular cake and coffee cake seemed to give them the edge. Looks like the frosting was finger lickin' good to Ian :-) Couple of funny comments that tickled my funny bone: "I made them. You'll eat eat them. What were you going to say about them Patrick?" and "Avery, eat the cake. Not just the frosting!" :-) That was a fun taste test to follow from baking to tasting! EOM