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5 Things You Didn't Know About Cinnabon

No trip to the mall is complete without a visit to that shrine to the noble cinnamon bun: Cinnabon.
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No trip to the mall is complete without a visit to that shrine to the noble cinnamon bun: Cinnabon. But while we bet you start salivating just at the mention of it, we also guarantee that there are a whole lot of things you don't know about this chain.

Cinnabon got its start back in 1985, when the first location opened at the SeaTac Mall located just outside Seattle. The only offering on the menu was the Cinnabon Classic cinnamon roll, but it was enough to develop a loyal following of fans who flocked there for the sweet, sticky deliciousness we know so well.

Contrary to what you might think, Cinnabon wasn't founded by someone who wanted to share their family recipe with the world; it was the product of months of exhaustive research by brothers Rich and Greg Komen, who worked for a company called Restaurants Unlimited and set out to create the recipe for "the world's best cinnamon roll." This led to hundreds of experiments and several trips to Indonesia to find the perfect cinnamon, and I think most would agree that they hit the nail on the head.

The history of Cinnabon follows a familiar chain success story: Franchises were launched, new items like the Caramel Pecanbon (1997), Chillattas (2005), and the "Center of the Roll" (2010) were added, and over the years it worked its way into our hearts, both literally and figuratively.
But between the flaky layers of buttery cinnamon-sugar-slathered pastry, there's an interesting story and plenty of twists and turns along the way. Read on to learn 10 things you didn't know about Cinnabon.

There’s Cinnabon Vodka
In 2013, Cinnabon teamed up with Pinnacle Vodka to introduce Cinnabon Vodka. We’ll let you know when we find a suitable mixer for it. Hot chocolate maybe? Photo Credit: © Flickr / TojosanClick Here to see More Things You Didn’t Know About Cinnabon
They Were the First Chain to Open in Libya after Gaddafi’s Ouster
A two-level Cinnabon opened in Tripoli in July 2012, and there are plans to open as many as 10 more. Photo Credit: Cinnabon
The Caramel Pecanbon Has More Calories than the Classic
The Caramel Pecanbon is their unhealthiest offering by far, packing 1,080 calories, 50 grams of fat, 20 grams of saturated fat, and 76 grams of sugar — nearly double the amount in a can of Coke. Photo Credit: © Flickr / secretlondon123 Click Here to see More Things You Didn’t Know About Cinnabon
Operators Have Three Options in How to Prepare the Rolls
Should you decide to open a franchise, you’ll be presented with three options: The rolls can be shipped to you “FTO,” or freezer-to-oven, where all you have to do is bake them; as prepared dough, where dough is thawed and made into rolls on-location; or from scratch, where you’re sent a proprietary mixture of dry ingredients which you mix with flour, margarine, yeast, and other ingredients. If the rolls are made on-site, you’ll be able to see it happening in full view. Photo Credit: © Flickr / su-lin
They Have a Huge Cairo Location
There are Cinnabon locations all over the world, including Karachi, Pakistan, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Curacao, and Romania. The largest location outside of the United States and Canada is located in the Stars Centre in Cairo, Egypt. Click Here to see More Things You Didn’t Know About CinnabonPhoto Credit: © Flickr / Noaman Ali

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