34 Amazing Cinnamon Pairings For You To Try
· June 8, 2020

Cinnamon is a sweet, warming spice and if you buy the good stuff has a little bit of zest. When I try to remember what it tastes of I think of Cinnamon rolls, mulled wine, or on really bad days, Dr. Pepper.

It has two great abilities. The first is to amplify the sweetness of its accompanying ingredients making it suitable for desserts and baking. The second is to provide depth to what would normally be flat tasting dishes. Soups, curries, and stews can all benefit from a little cinnamon.

The spice comes from the sun-dried inner bark of the cinnamon tree. There are several varieties of the tree each having their own nuance on the spice's end flavor.

The Verum and Cassia varieties are the most common. Cassia could be described as the musclehead of the two with it being full-on sweet and spicy but having very little to offer beyond that. It can easily overpower and so it is more suited for stews and curries which are robust enough to keep it under control.

Verum on the other is lighter but a lot more complex having not only sweet and spicy notes but also a little zest. This complexity makes it the most desired of the two.

You can tell the difference between the two just by looking at them. Cassia looks like thick pieces of unattractive dried bark whereas Verum looks more like delicate quills of brown paper.

What goes well with Cinnamon?

After spending hours scouring recipe books and conducting tasting experiments, I've found the following flavor pairings all go well with Cinnamon. Click on any match to view its flavor matches.